Japanese Feedback and Comments

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how does the kanji keyboard work?

I tried using the kanji keyboard by typing in anata when it asked for anata. It only gave me options for katakana and hiragana. how do you use it?

5 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - September 12, 2019

Phrase of the Week

Is there a way to see (and hear) past "Phrase(s) of the Week" if you no longer have the email links? https://members.rocketlanguages.com/members/phrase/67579

0 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - August 3, 2019

Suggestion: Add Kana/Kanji Vocabulary to 9.5 Formal and Humble Speech

This is a UI issue: In Lesson 9.5, if the "Show Romanization" is turned off, there is no written (kana/Kanji) vocabulary associated with the audio files on the 敬語/けいご/Honorific and 謙譲語/けんじょうご/Modest speech at all. It was only by trial and error that I re...

1 reply - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - August 2, 2019

Newbie with a Question!

Hello everyone, Today I began the Rocket Japanese course and completed module 1, 1.0.  I'm an absolute beginner, starting with zero experience in Japanese and will be studying around 3-4 hours a day.  Love, love, love it :-)  But I have a question!  Is e...

10 replies - Last post by AC747 - July 31, 2019

Level 1 Module 1 quizzes

Some of the quiz questions in Level 1 Module 1 ask questions about Kanji characters. I can't find any references to these Kanji in the lesson or previous lessons. Is this a subtle hint that I should not work through the lessons sequentially but skip back ...

9 replies - Last post by AC747 - July 8, 2019

Suggestion: Add polite potential form 借りられる to 9.3 (The Other Living Option)

Unless I'm mistaken, Lesson 9.3 is the  first instance that the potential form conjugation is explained. However, because the lesson is using informal speech, the ichidan verb conjugation structure that is used is the colloquial V-stem + れる instead of the...

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - June 20, 2019

Suggestions for tests

I have some suggestions to improve Rocket Japanese: For “Write it” I notice the program is very particular with spaces, which is frustrating to me, as Japanese doesn’t use spaces. There is no indication when katakana is wanted, rather than hiragana. I kn...

2 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - May 31, 2019

Question re hiragana keyboard on Mac

Hi all, I joined six days ago, and just completed module 1 yesterday.  I’ve got a question for those of you who have been doing this for a while.  I use mostly my iPad as the onscreen Japanese keyboard is really good.  Does anyone know how to get a simila...

5 replies - Last post by toru e - April 30, 2019

Question about early-lesson "Kanji of the Day" sections

I am currently about halfway through the beginner course on Japanese, and I'm not quite sure how I'm supposed to handle the Kanji of the day sections that appear in some lessons. Am I supposed to learn how to read them, read and write them, or just famili...

1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - April 26, 2019

Can we correct the incorrect translation in the second item in "Know It" imn Japanese 6.8

Can we correct the incorrect translation in the second item in "Know It" imn Japanese 6.8? It has the same answer as the first item! Can't paste the scanned image of it here.Barry-S22

1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - April 17, 2019

Recording Play it scores

With this course I pride myself on getting 100% scoring on pronunciation in all of the play it sections for the course. I revise them on a daily basis. Currently I am have 100% pronunciation on all of level 1 except for one single module. It is 5.4 At th...

11 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - April 13, 2019

RJapanese Not Grading My Recording PLUS Help Links Not Working

Note: I've contacted support. Using Mac Chrome: ​Version 73.0.3683.103 (Official Build) (64-bit) (latest version) I've cleared the cookies I've restarted the Chrome browser Problems: 1. After recording a sentence I get the following: "Sorry, I didn't catc...

3 replies - Last post by Fillip - April 10, 2019

Does this answer in the quiz need correction?

Does this answer in the quiz in 2.8 need to be corrected? Futari, sannin, yonnin, hitori, gonin - ( This is - "2 people, 3 people, 4 people, 1 person, 2 people" ) Next question; Is this the right forum for notifications such as this?

3 replies - Last post by Barry-S22 - April 8, 2019

Certificate tests

Hello everyone, my question is simply, what happened to the section for Certificate tests? Is it removed or where can I find it? ありがとうございます

11 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - April 7, 2019

When I mix Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana, is it ok to not convert everything to Kanji that can be?

Working on lesson 5.2.  I can read and write Hiragana and Katakana (albeit slowly) and just starting Kanji.  When I mix Kanji with Hiragana and Katakana in a sentence, is it okay to not convert everything that can be represented by Kanji to Kanji?  Here's...

2 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - April 3, 2019

How do you know when you are fluent?

Under what conditions wold you consider yourself to be fluent in Japanese?  This was a question I recently heard and I was wondering what others thought.

0 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - April 2, 2019

Which lesson is "Hobbies" under for Japanese

I want to go over "Hobby" conversation, but cannot seem to find a lesson for it. ありがとう!

1 reply - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - March 22, 2019

The symbol き

Hello everyone, I'm working through the hiragana table, and the character き looks quite different in the video example (and in my practice writing sheet) vs. the keyboard character.  When I looked online to see what is commonly used, I see even more vari...

4 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 17, 2019

Japanese levels, scores and badges - where are they now?

It would be good to find the explanation about the badges, levels and scores again. Where is that page, please?

2 replies - Last post by Barry-S22 - March 14, 2019

Rocket Japanese

I have been following along with the pdf script of the course in the past, but now the Japanese characters in the pdf appear broken. I tried opening the same doc on both adobe and nitro and on different computers to no avail. Does anyone know how this cou...

4 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - March 11, 2019

3.10—missing text

In module 3.10 one of the audio examples under the "〜なくて は いけません: I must~" section is missing the associated text: いきます いかない ( いかなくて (I hope I typed that correctly. nope (/ε\*))

2 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - February 23, 2019

Adding furigana / ふりがな to Word documents

I like to type up study notes for myself sometimes and today I found a video on YouTube that shows how to add phonetic guides (a/k/a furigana) to English Word documents. If anyone else wants to add this functionality to MS Word, here's the link: How to a...

0 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - February 20, 2019

Please suggest a manga with 100% furigana

My title is a little exaggerated. I would like to find a manga (or children's book) that uses kanji and has 70-80% (or more) furigana. Please suggest a title if you know of one. ISBN appreciated!

0 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - February 12, 2019

Forgot my password

how do I reset a password since I forgot mine?

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - January 31, 2019

can't stop notifications

About every 30 seconds, it keeps notifying me that I have achieved a new badge.  This makes it very hard to study.  How do I turn this constant notification off?  Going to my progress does not help!  This seems to be a new bug in the program.

3 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - January 24, 2019

Pop up showing a new badge won't go away

Does anyone know how to get rid of the stupid pop up that says  I have earned a new badge? Every time I try to do a new activity or type something into the language keyboard the pop up comes up and has to be dismissed and then I have to start again.  Ever...

9 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - January 24, 2019

new narrator - how to change it?

Hi!  There is a new narrator for the Japanese level 1 course. Her tune is not really interesting and she doesn't have any ups and downs in her voice. I feel like I am sitting at a serious meeting in Japan in the mid-50s! Is it possible to change it to t...

9 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - January 24, 2019

Lesson 1.6 Bug

In the Know-It and Flash Card sections of Lesson 1.6 the Know-It and Flash Card for "Yoshiko" is bugged. This is how they appear in each section. Know-It: The previous word or phrase is shown again, but when you say it it doesn't accept it. Upon saying "...

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - January 21, 2019

2.7 text error

Under the section, "Asking for permission" in module 2.7 , there seems to be a small text error. The て-form of あける is introduced first in writing:   まど  を  あける  →  まど  を あけて も いい です か?    mado o akeru →Mado o akete mo ii desu ka?   to open a window →May I...

10 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - January 16, 2019

2.3 quiz question—is it correct?

One of the quiz questions for module 2.3 is:    "Nihongo o hanashimasu" translates as "I speak Japanese", how would you say "I CAN speak Japanese"? The multiple choice answers are:   - Nihongo o hanase masu. (← this is the correct answer)   - Nihongo o ...

2 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - December 18, 2018

Is there a way replace Romanized text on Quizs with Japanese?

The check box on My profile has removed romanization from the lessons, but all the multiple choices on the quizes are romanized : (

4 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - December 10, 2018

Learning the kana?

Maybe this is a silly question, but is there any advise on how to learn the kana?  I feel like just starting at it and hoping it sinks in isn't going to work, I need to actually do something to remember it, and "the Z symbol with the middle missing" won't...

10 replies - Last post by WilliamW14 - December 9, 2018

What is the correct sequence of doing Japanese lessons?

I am beginning the Japanese course. Is the idea that you should complete lessons 1.0-1.4 (the audio lessons) before then moving to 1.5-1.9 (the language and culture lessons) and then 1.10-1.14 (the writing lessons)? Or do you the first audio lesson and th...

15 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - December 9, 2018

Vocabulary highlights

こんにちは。 I don't know that this is a "bug" but the interface appears a little…overzealous…about vocabulary I have added to "My Vocab". For example, I added いま earlier so that I would remember that it can mean "living room" and the kanji 居間 for that translat...

3 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - December 5, 2018

Conversation glitches in rocket record that do not work

I have been entirely through the Rocket Japanese course and have been focusing on the conversation previously known as play it. The auto voice recognition scores you and I hope to achieve 100% in all lessons for this section.  However the rocket record a...

5 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - November 29, 2018

Do you have a way to deal with point cheaters?

It has been quite amusing to watch the last six months the first two persons in the point list fighting to beat each other. I think the second person just gave up though... I was just curious how far their stupidity will go. Since they are obviouly adding...

35 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - November 29, 2018

Is it possible to take benchmark/certification tests on mobile?

Is it possible to take benchmark/certification tests on mobile? If not, are there plans to add that functionality in the future? I do the bulk of my work on PC but I don't have a microphone and thus have to do all of the "Hear it, Say it" type stuff via m...

2 replies - Last post by CTH86 - November 9, 2018

Module 3 glitch

Hi I just completed the module 3 test and it cant be marked as completed, can anyone help? (I did it twice)

4 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 28, 2018

Katakana table not set up right in chrome

In lesson 3.11, the katakana table is not set up right (at least in Chrome, which is the recommended browser for Rocket).  The first row has A I U E O and the second has the corresponding katakana.  Every subsequent row starts with the Latin letter under ...

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 28, 2018

3.7 Talking about your Experiences

Hi,  In this course, the audio of WriteIt and WriteIt Native seems to do not work.  Best

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - August 16, 2018

Is there a way to hide the romaji sentences and keep only Kanji sentences in a lesson?

To Whom It May Concern, It would be nice to be able to hide the romaji version of the sentence in the entire lesson. Do you have any plan to accomplish this? Best

3 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - August 9, 2018

How To Get Started?

Using Japanese Premium: Level 1 How does a person get started learning the language? The lessons 1.0 Greetings uses the written form, but of course I can not read it as I do not know the alphabet and therefore I can not follow along as well as I would li...

4 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - July 14, 2018

Lesson Progression and Quiz Questions

This is more of a statement on how Rocket Japanese may improve their product rather than a question. I don't think Rocket Japanese does a good job of stating a "most recommended" way of progressing through the lessons.  I finished all the audio courses a...

7 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - July 3, 2018

Can’t shift Hiragana Using iOS Kana Keyboard

Is anyone else unable to shift hiragana when using the Rocket Languages app using the Kana keyboard on iOS? Whenever I try to type hiragana such as がばだぱ, etc I’m just stuck with the ^_^ key instead. It’s as though the shift key (or whatever you call it) f...

2 replies - Last post by haneybd87 - June 8, 2018

A bug in the "Hear it!" and "Know it!" sections

みんなさん、こんにちは! Thanks to Rocket Japanese, I'm improving everyday.  I tested this theory by looking at a couple of pages of a Japanese manga, and I was able to read everything that wasn't kanji without stopping.  I need more work on actually understanding w...

10 replies - Last post by Gillisimo - April 25, 2018

Flash card selection

I want to create a set of flashcards of the vocabulary that I didn't click as 'easy' - is there a way to do this? Otherwise I have to go back to each lesson one at a time to repeat the words that I found more difficult... Thanks

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - March 9, 2018

Recording transcription trouble

I've noticed that some modules in the Japanese course have issues with transcribing the recordings. Specifically, the transcription will select a hiragana/kanji that is phonetically correct, but does not match the 'solution' for the lesson. A strong exam...

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - March 5, 2018

Write It! Lessons Changing わ to は。

After figuring out how to use my English keyboard for Japanese, I began to complete the "Write It!" section of Module 1.1.  When typing out the answer for konichi wa as こんにちわ the module answer was こんにちは.  Is this an error or does "wa" magically mean "ha" ...

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - February 28, 2018

Lets vote to remove Kenny Squire from the Japanese course

I and probably a few others who use the voice recognition and pronunciation am having trouble pronouncing the name Kenny Squire in Japanese. It is not a good name for Japanese phonetics and is a detriment to the entire course. It is an unusual name and n...

0 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - May 18, 2017

Japanese course broken

Has anyone else been having problem with all modules being disabled and lessons prevented today? My audio lessons are not working, none of the sections are working in audio, the hear it say it is not working, the play it is not working. Everything just si...

3 replies - Last post by joseph-schmo - May 4, 2017

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