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 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.


101 Common Japanese Idioms iPhone App Released!


Apple finally released our second iPhone app today.

This one is on 101 Common Japanese Idioms (just in case you didn’t read the title of this blog post) and is best suited for upper beginners up. However, even beginners can use the romaji and extensive notes.

This app uses mostly the same architecture as the original one but with a few improvements.

It includes:

Button 300+ audio recordings
Button Recorded by a native speaker
Button An introduction to Japanese Idioms
Button Organized into logical and useful categories.
Button Interactive multiple choice quizzes for every category
Button Flashcard Function for all words and phrases
Button Bonus- free $5 coupon good for any instant download reader or lesson at TJS!
Button Works even without a network connection

Please check it out!  I don’t have a free version for this one, but the price is only $1.99.

To learn more and see a few screenshots (and eventually a video!), please click here.

Learning Patience with an iPhone App

Having spent months planning and producing our iPhone app, it is kind of hard not to take non-constructive negative reviews personally. I know it is stupid and unbecoming of me, but it’s hard. There have been a few two or three star reviews by people with constructive suggestions–I deeply appreciate that. (Although, admittedly, I prefer 4 or 5 star constructive suggestions)

I just spent $750 on an update which added three new categories to both the paid and free versions, fixed a few bugs, and added an option to choose which language to display first in the flashcard section.

This morning I noticed Version 1.2 had been approved by Apple!   Yippie!  The first reviewer found a rather glaring bug and was kind enough to let me know (three stars but totally warranted).  I immediately got the developer on it and within a few hours we had a corrected version.  (Apple will probably approve it sometime next week…)

Well, I updated the iTunes page with a notice about the bug and that it will be fixed as soon as Apple approves the app and I mentioned that the Paid version did NOT have the bug in question–which was true.

Here is the one-star review that got my yagi:

“The much dreaded ‘FREE’ version.  Also, LOVED the way you threw out the hooks, ‘paid version doesn’t have the crash bug so why not upgrade.’ something about that seems insanely crooked.  Way to be guy… Delete.”

First, I was only persuaded to do a free version on the condition it could stand on its own as a decent language learning app.  It isn’t crippled and has over 450 useful phrases with sound in dozens of categories.  There are comparable paid apps out there.

I have a feeling this guy didn’t even try it out.

Second, why shouldn’t I want people to upgrade?  Why is that a bad thing?  Not only do they get double the phrases, but also a $5 coupon (which is more than the price of the app) at our Japanese online bookstore.

I’ll feel better after the weekend…  Ugh!

iPhone App now #5!

The Freebie version of the Japanese Beginner Phrases iPhone App is now #5 in the Education category (US).

Last night it was at #8.  It is really nice to see it go even higher!

A BIG thank you to all of you who downloaded it–and especially those who wrote reviews.  You don’t know how many times a day we check the reviews to see if there is anything new.  🙂

Click here for direct links to iTunes.