Duolingo free language learning app released their first Japanese lessons, so we tested them out!

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Check out what we thought of the Japanese language course released today!

As a Japanese tutor, one of the most common questions I get from my students is: “What kind of apps can I use to study Japanese on my smartphone?” For a long time the only real recommendation I had was Anki, a program where you made your own flashcards that would be shown to you at different times, depending on how hard or easy they were for you.

While I still think Anki is great, it can be a lot of work. You have to make the cards yourself, and if you ever get off track, getting back on can feel like an impossible task.

But recently we were contacted by Duolingo, one of the largest language-learning platforms in the world, with over 170 million users. As of today (May 19) they’ve released their first Japanese-language-learning course, and they wanted us to check it out.

What did we think of it? Let’s take a look!

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