Ninja Penguin Talks Japanese in Japan–new in Paperback and eBook

Here is our newest video about our newest product:

Ninja Penguin Talks Japanese in Japan!

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Learn about the 47 prefectures of Japan while mastering 500 important beginner level Japanese words. MP3s totaling over one hour of audio lessons are also included for FREE.

Penguin’s dream of completing Ninja Academy has finally come true…

Almost.

One test remains: he must journey to the far frigid shores of Hokkaido in order to become a true Ninja Penguin. Besides, it is simply too hot in the sub-tropical Okinawa. Hokkaido, in northern Japan with its far more reasonable climate, sounds REALLY nice to a penguin who had been training many seasons in the Okinawan heat.

This book chronicles what the penguin experienced as he toured the forty-seven prefectures that make up Japan. He learned much about Japanese culture and geography while picking up more than 500 useful vocabulary words. You too can learn these important beginner-level words with the helpful hints and puzzles found throughout this book. As you work through each lesson, we invite you to listen to the especially formatted audio files.

  • Learn many interesting facts about the 47 prefectures of Japan.
  • Master 500 useful beginner level Japanese words.
  • Listen to MP3s to help learn the vocabulary words–totaling over one hour of audio lessons.
  • Download (found on the last page of the book) includes PDF version of the book, eBook, and MP3s.
  • Includes many fun cartoons featuring the penguin’s journey through Japan.

Check out Ninja Penguin today at Amazon.

Japanese Phrases iPhone app

And we just got a great review for our Learn Japanese Phrases iPhone app:

5 stars all the way! – This is the BEST Japanese app I’ve ever paid for. Before I knew about this app I was stuck with google translate which didn’t really do anything for me. Then I got the demo version of this app and after a while decided it was time to buy the full version and I do NOT regret it at all!

Adding Sound Files and Music to your iPhone

If you just got an iPhone and were wondering just how to add music to it from your computer, here’s how.

You would think you could simply drag and drop MP3s onto your iPhone. But why make it easy for us? iTunes is confusing, but once you figure it out, it is handy for keeping things organized.

I use folders and playlists within the folders to organize things. Folders just hold playlists and playlists hold tracks.

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I have a folder called “Crooners” and in it, I have several playlists that I have grouped by the artist. Under it, I have another folder for my Japanese music.

To do this, first make a folder.

1)      With the newest version of iTunes (11.0.1.12), you click on the top left.

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2)      New > New Playlist Folder.

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3)      Name the folder “Japanese Lessons” or “Kotoba” or whatever

4)      Next, make a playlist and name it whatever you want.

 

Next, plug in your iPhone, add that playlist, and sync.

1)      Click on the iPhone button to the top right.

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2)      Click on “Music” at the top

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3)      Select “Sync Music” and “Selected Playlists, artists, albums, and genres”

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4)      Then choose the playlists you want.

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Sync and you should see it on your iPhone.

“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.

Three new Reviews for our iPhone apps

We tend to get about five reviews a week for our iPhone apps. Today we had three and all were five stars!

Two were for our flagship Learn Japanese with Phrases and Lessons iPhone and iPad app:

From Russia:

JPhrases Very helpful – from the basics to the most needful phrases for almost any need. It is pretty much a complete educational product by itself, but you do need to have a textbook to keep the pressure upon yourself.

And here was one from Canada:

One of the best Japanese apps for your buck – It provides everything you need to know to speak Japanese just as well as they do and for so little. Forget overpriced lessons that leave stuff out like Rosetta Stone. This is one of the only language software packs you’ll need. And continued updates means no more filling your shelf with books you’ll rarely read.

If you are interested in learning Japanese and have an iPhone or iPad, please check our app out here: Click to open in iTunes (we also have a free version you can try our with 600 sound files!)

And for our Hiragana and Katakana app:

From the USA

Great app – I don’t normally write reviews but this app is quite exceptional. If you are interested in learning Hiragana or Katakana, this is defiantly the way to do it. Between quizzes and flash cards, this app will help you memorize quickly and effectively.

Checkout this app here.
Many of our apps will be updated within the next few weeks.

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!