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iOS users can now learn Japanese on Duolingo

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, May 21, 2017  /  03:09 pm
iOS users can now learn Japanese on Duolingo

With Japanese lessons coming to its Android app soon, Duolingo users will be able to learn both Kanji and Hiragana characters. (Shutterstock/File)

Those with iOS devices can now learn Japanese through online language-learning service Duolingo.

With Japanese lessons coming to its Android app soon, Duolingo users will be able to learn both Kanji and Hiragana characters.

“This is by far the most requested and highly anticipated course launch in Duolingo’s five-year history,” said Duolingo co-founder and CEO, Luis von Ahn, in an official statement on Wednesday as quoted by Engadget. “No matter what we’d share on social media, tons of people would respond with, ‘that’s nice, but when are you launching Japanese?’”

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The app will not teach Japanese through Romaji words -- Japanese words spelled out with Roman letters, like ”kawaii” -- but will instead give students the opportunity to learn 100 Kanji characters, along with all the Hiragana characters.

In the statement, Duolingo specified that their Japanese course would focus on real-world interactions, such as ordering food and asking for directions, and phrases that may prove handy if you’re planning to head to Japan for the 2020 Olympics. (sul/kes)

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