Windows 8 Soon to be Released Learn Japanese App

~ Over 2,500 Japanese words and phrases all with sound ~ Quiz challenges ~ Free updates ~

A great learning tool for beginner and intermediate students. Everything from hiragana to keigo.

Great for quickly learning correct pronunciation. Includes the most used words and phrases from everyday conversational Japanese.

Highlights:

  • 2,500+ crystal clear audio recordings
  • Recorded by a professional native voice actress with the standard dialect
  • Organized into logical and useful categories
  • Interactive multiple choice quizzes for every category
  • Flashcard function for all words and phrases
  • Cultural notes and learning tips
  • Choose spaced repetition or random sorting to help learn faster
  • Study Bank – favorite any phrase to study or email to you later
  • Settings – turn on or off romaji and other preferences
  • Windows-integrated search – quickly find any word or phrase in the app
  • Search English OR Japanese words using romaji, hiragana, katakana, OR kanji
  • Works offline – even without a network connection
  • Free trial with access to hundreds of phrases
  • Optimized for both widescreen and snapped view
  • Automatic progression of the study cards – great to keep running in snapped view

Get started by selecting ‘Help’ from the top app bar.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD USING A Wi-Fi CONNECTION! This app is fairly large and can take a few minutes to install.

Screen Shots:

Topics: All the words and phrases are divided neatly into topics and categories.  You can choose multiple categories to study at once.

Study Cards: This is the main feature of Learn Japanese.  You can use this as a study cards for learning or flash cards as review.


Quiz 1: This is a sample of the quiz screen.  You can see or hear a word and have to select the proper translation.

 

Quiz 2: This shows a quiz question where you see the English word/phrase and you have to choose the correct Japanese translation.

 

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 & Lessons 2.0 iPhone app Video

Last night, I finished a demo video on the 2.0 upgrade.  For some reason I went to bed forgetting to upload it to Youtube.  Having cleared my head, it is up this morning.

I tried something new this time.  I used my wife’s iPhone to record the video while I played the app on my iPhone.  I was surprised that the video was pretty good quality (of course Youtube reduces it some).  It worked and it was much easier than setting up a tripod and extracting the video from my video camera.

Please let me know what you think of the video or the app!

Japanese Phrases iPhone App 2.0 Released

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.

NEW FEATURES

Japanese Phrases App

Japanese Phrases App

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.

Click here to open iTunes and learn more!

Japanese Phrases iPhone App

This morning I found a blog review about our iPhone app.  He pitted our free app against a phrase app for $15.  Check it out.

iphone Japanese phrases appUpdate on our Ranking:
For a few precious moments, the freebie app was #2 in the Free Education section of iTunes.  For the past two or three weeks it has been steadily hoovering around #9-12.   The paid app has been hoovering around #49-52 in the paid Education ranking.

Thanks again for all of you who downloaded the apps and especially those who gave feedback.  We will release an update (hopefully this week?) that will add 50+ new phrases to both the Free and Paid app AND it will give the user a chance to choose to start the Flashcards on the English or Japanese side (user request).

I wanted to get this app’s engine cleaned up since it will be used as a base for a few future apps.  The next two apps will be similar to this one but for specific topics.  After that we have other plans… (more on that later)

Have an iPhone but haven’t downloaded it yet?!  Click here!