This is a major moment for us–a kind of Let’s Pat Ourselves On Our Backs During Our Group Hug Session:
Our original iPhone / iPod Touch application, Japanese Phrases for Beginners, has been given a major upgrade. It is now Japanese Phrases AND Lessons. We spent months and thousands of dollars making this the best app it can be (until we discover the next best thing!). If you have the app, PLEASE email or call me if you have any comments, suggestions, or spot any errors. (2.0.1 is being uploaded today with a few of those bug fixes!)
We launched 1.0 in February, 2009 with about 800 phrases. Through versions 1.1 to 1.4 we inched up the phrases to about 1,100. This single upgrade doubles the phrases to over 2,200 all with audio recorded by a native speaker.
The biggest addition is the 250 or so lesson pages. 2.0 ships with Hiragana Lessons, Katakana Lessons, 100 mini-grammar lessons, and several other more in-depth grammar lessons. Every page has several example sentences all with audio at the tap of a finger. We will be adding new lessons in the next few weeks.
We added a random feature for those who like to gamble.
For the detail oriented, we added a search feature.
The Study Bank allows the user to save or “favorite” phrases to study later or to email the entire list to print out. You can also email any phrase from that phrase’s study page.
Lesson Pages — over 250 pages of lessons now; more on the way
Enhanced graphics — Lots of new eye-candy
Double the sound files — now over 2,200! We also remastered most of the older audio files.