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.
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.
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!