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2 comments on 日本語のiOSのアプリケーション

  1. Jonathan
    01/03/2012 at 18:58

    I have the “Japanese” app as well and I although I think it’s one of the better apps, it does have a few faults. The biggest problem with it is that it has TOO many definitions. While this is great that you can type in a word and it comes up with many, many suggestions, the problem with that is often those words are esoteric and even Japanese people have a hard time understanding the meaning. That means it’s really difficult knowing what the proper Japanese word is. Works much better the opposite way around though.

    One thing you didn’t mention about it shows the conjugation of most of the verbs. Not all, but many. Very handy. Although it does use romanji and or hiragana you need to know a bi of kanji as well as it will often show the kanji but not show the hiragna if you look at a word in the conjugation list.

    There are at least 2 other programs that I would recommend. The first one is iKanji. This is a paid app (around $10) that basically teaches you all the kanji in the required levels of Japanese. It shows you the reading, meaning and stroke order and then tests you on those. It uses the spaced repetition model for testing. You can choose to learn which sets of kanji you wish to learn (JLPT1-JLPT4 or N1-N5) or by grades 1-6 and then high school or by jooyoo (I have no idea what that one is). Finally, you can also create your own set to practice.

    The next one is Ninja Words. The last time I checked, this app was free. It’s another kanji learning app but it’s free. While it doesn’t have all the kanji you need (very limited in fact) what it does is teach you to recognize the meanings of the kanji by playing a game. Lots of fun and KIDS really love it. However, it doesn’t teach you anything about the on or kun sounds which is unfortunate. Also the set of kanji seems rather small. Also, I find that it is only good for quick recognition within a certain set of kanji but does little for recognizing a kanji on it’s own. Still, it’s fun. If the other apps were able to combine their features with the fun of this one, it would be a best seller I think.

    Some other ones that I would mention are JLPT study, KanjiBox and Japanese Flip. Those ones LOOK good but although I downloaded them I find that I rarely even use them. Maybe they lack something like fun as they seem to have all the tools you need to learn stuff.

    • starhime
      01/03/2012 at 19:05

      Well said! Thanks so much for your input! 🙂 I appreciate it a whole lot! I’m new at reviewing things, so I’m sure there are plenty of things I missed with the other ones too. XD


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