“Absolutely Perfect!” – Learn Japanese with Phrases iPhone and iPad app

I hope to have two big announcements within the next month. We are working hard on having Japanese Phrases ported to Windows 8 and Android very soon. I’m especially excited about Windows 8 since it will also work on regular PCs. If you are interested in either of these OS options, please contact me. If we can do beta testing, I’ll send you a free copy for your advice.

I haven’t been posting reviews lately. But for the past few months, they have all be five stars!  Of course, that gives me great pleasure, but I also always love hearing suggestions for improvements.


Absolutely Perfect! – This app is spectacular! It helps me out so much when I do my Japanese homework. It’s so easy to understand as well, you would be crazy not to download this app. ^____^

Please click here to read more reviews in iTunes. If you are a beginner or upper beginner of Japanese, this app will help you increase your vocabulary.

I was also humbled to receive a phone call the other day from a guy using our Kana app (it is free and ad supported–by the way) just thanking me for the app. That was it. No, “great app, but…” He just wanted to call to thank me. Wow.

If you have an iPhone or an iPad and you are new to Japanese, try our free Kana app. I don’t think the ads are that annoying and the content is top notch.

Limited Time Offer: Free Download with iPhone App Purchase — Japanese Dialogues

Japanese Dialogues App

Buy our new Dialogues apps and get up to three free downloads!(see below for details; offer good until September 1, 2012)

I’ve been working with Paul Stevenson from the Australian software development company Dependency on a few projects. Our first collaboration are these two apps.

Watch the video demostrating just what it can do!

And I couldn’t be more excited about it. Have you ever wanted to press pause or do an instant lookup on a word while listening to two native Japanese speakers conversing? With this app you can.

Every word is defined and explaned. Every line and every vocabulary word has a sound file–over 1,500 sound files! And even better, if you buy one or both of these apps, I’d like to give you a free download. (still see below)

Today, I woke up to discover that these two apps were even covered in an article by Japan Today.

  • Every word in every dialogue is defined with recordings by native speakers
  • Tap a single line to hear just that
  • Tap the play button to hear the dialogue read naturally, line by line
  • Turn on “pause for repetition” to practice speaking what you are hearing
  • Hide / show romaji and English translation in the Options Menu
  • Universal App for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad
  • Retina display for iPhone and iPad also included
  • Over 1,500 sound files

I really feel like this is a great resource for students of Japanese. I wish I had something like this when I was starting out. If you are a beginner or upper beginner wanting to understand sentence structure as well as wanting to pick up essential vocabulary in daily conversation, please check these apps out.

Japanese Conversation through Dialogues for Beginners

Japanese Conversation through Dialogues for Upper Beginners

FREE DOWNLOAD OFFER: [Expires September 1, 2012]
If you do decide to buy any of the apps, please email me (clay at theJapanShop.com) your iTunes receipt and I’ll send you the links to up to three of our popular dialogues downloads. We’ve spent countless hours massaging some of the data (just a small portion of all you get in the iPhone apps!) into downloads that sell from $4.99 to $8.99 each.

  1. If you buy one of the Dialogue iPhone apps, I’ll send you one of the downloads (you can choose)
  2. If you buy both Dialogue iPhone apps, I’ll send you all THREE downloads.

The downloads include a PDF, Kindle, and Nook version as well as all the MP3s for those dialogues. It is just another conveniant way for you to learn.

In short, watch the video, get the app(s), then email me your receipt.

I wish I could contact iPhone / iPad / iTunes Reviewers

We just got this nice review for our Japanese Phrases and Lessons iPhone / iPad app:

Amazing – Amazing app very useful and full of Interesting pages but can feel a bit clunky at times, when trying to turn page you have to push a button that does not always pop up. Would be 5 stars if they implemented the swipe page function. All in all great app with fully voiced words and phrases 4/5

I have no way to contact him or her to ask him or her more questions. The flashcards and study cards do have a swipe feature. It is possible that person isn’t aware of that because–at least for the flashcards–you have to start the swipe outside the card. (starting the swipe inside the card turns the flashcard over, naturally)

If you have ANY questions or problems with the app, please contact me directly first. I am always looking for ways to improve this app.

iTunes, it would be nice to be able to leave a comment on a comment at least–the way Amazon.com does for book reviews.

Still, it was a nice review–thank you!

New Review for Hiragana & Katakana FREE iPhone / iPad App!

Our ad-supported (isn’t too intrusive, really!) Hiragana and Katakana app for the iPhone and iPad is absolutely free. Here is a new testimony that just came in today.

Amazing app for Japanese students! – I found this app to be absolutely perfect for keeping my daily practice routines up for when I’m on the go. It has even taught me a few things, and I’m sure it helps the absolute beginners learn too. My only recommendation is for in the reviews of the chapter lessons. It shows a random character in that chapter (5 per chapter) and puts randomized buttons for multiple choice guessing. It is very helpful, however I would like to see the buttons made a bit larger and spread out because sometimes I mis-tap the wrong answer because they are so small. Another recommendation would also be perhaps having the appMake the sound of the correct kana when you pick the correct romaji to it on the multiple choice. It would be nice for those still learning and like to say the kana as they come. All in all, nice app, and I will definitely recommend this to my friends that are currently learning Japanese. And the best part is that it’s free!

 

Japanese Idioms iPhone / iPad App FREE + TheJapanShop.com Newsletter Free Offer

First, our second most popular iPhone app is on sale today for $0. It is quite a sale, actually. Grab it today for nothing and let me know what you think! If you like it, please review it on iTunes. If you don’t or have suggestions for improvement, please email me directly (clay AT The Japan Shop dot com). I’d love to hear from you either way. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

 

PLUS! We are now offering a free download for anyone who signs up for our TheJapanShop.com Monthly Newsletter. Sign up for free for news, coupons, and newsletter only specials AND now get an instant link to download our Kanji 100 PDF + MP3s product absolutely free. Sign up here.

Japanese Phrases FREE iPhone App Reviews and Update

First the good news:

Overnight, we got three new reviews for the Japanese Phrases FREE iPhone / iPad app. They were all solid Five-Star Reviews. Nice!

[A User in Canada ] Excellent – Love it, i learn much faster then with my books!

[A User in England ] woowow – amazing my first day of japanese i have learnt so much!!!

[A User in the US ] Very easy! – This is a great app. I’ve been trying to learn Japanese recently, but everything I was trying was just all over the place. They were tossing things at you and you don’t know what going on. This app however, makes it really simple and easy to understand. And teaches you in a fun way that makes it stay in your head. I’ve only started using this since last week and I can already read quite a bit of words in hiragana and katakana (kanji is annoying, lol). If u wanna learn japanese easily, this app works

If you haven’t downloaded the app and you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, PLEASE do so. It is free and helps our rankings. Click here for the iTunes link.

And for our Paid version, we also got this short and sweet review:

[A User in the US ] Just getting started – This is great! Thank you! Arigato!

However, the Free version does have a memory handling problem that can cause it to crash on some devices. I’m working on uploading a quick fix today. It doesn’t seem to affect most users, but I did get an email this morning about it.

Please contact me directly clay AT the Japan Shop dot com if you have ANY problems with any of our apps. I want to squash any bug we find.

Japanese Phrases and Lessons iPhone and iPad app

We are thrilled to announce another huge update to the Japanese Phrases and Lessons iPhone and iPad app.  Here is a video showing off some of what it can do.

Install the FREE version on your iPhone or iPad here.  If you like it, please consider upgrading to support our efforts and boost your Japanese here!

As always, please call (1-866-837-3607) or email (see contact us page) if you have any questions or suggestions for improvements.