Japanese is not an easy language to learn. I feel you. You’ve got to learn to write something that’s not in even using the same alphabet as you.
I suggest memorizing the hiragana and katakana, making you able to at least phonetically spell things immediately. My friend did it and it gave him a huge boost in his studies. There are great charts out there to help with the strokes and pronunciations.
Fellow DuoLingo user here. Dabbling in every one of the available languages, but German is by far my favorite and most-learnt language (even though I’m still very rough in my understanding of it), and Esperanto has taken most of my attention as late.
Since I’m just now getting back into using DL after, like, three months without, I wanna refill all of my skills and see what my fluency really is.
I feel you on the comparison to Rosetta Stone, though. Rosetta Stone is a joke now that DuoLingo has made higher quality lessons available for free. I’ve got a couple of things for German, but I’ve been holding onto hope that they’ll possibly somehow make ASL a course, even though I’m very aware that it’s basically impossible. :c
Well I’m half Japanese and learned it from my mom, but since I fooled around in Japanese school (I regret it), I’m not that well versed in kanji and more advanced vocabulary, and also Japanese slang. Any tips on what I should do to learn the more advanced kanji and vocabulary would be much appreciated.
Also, since programming language is a “language,” I’m interested in touching into programming stuff but I don’t know where to start (I know absolutely nothing about programming, APIs, etc.). If anyone can help me with that as well, that would be very helpful.
I will get back to you on the information pertaining to Kanji (going to check w/ my friend!), but in the mean time look at the link PoliteWhale posted above.
The second best thing I can recommend is that you just join beginners programmers forums. There are always fellow coders out there looking to help out new folks!
I’ve got to say, writing in Japanese is one of the most artistic and relaxing things you can do. I do the best with what I have, just a dry erase board, but it really helps to learn. When learning a language not in the Latin Alphabet, it always helps to practice whenever you can.
The top underlined part reads “To-do list”, and I had used it as the subject for a to-do list for the longest. The stuff below is just random phrases practiced