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PostSubject: App Recommendations   Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:52 pm

Due to my aversion to smart phones, Ipads and the like, I know little to nothing about what apps are available for studying Japanese.  However, my students occasionally ask me if I have any recommendations.  I know that Raita uses several for various purposes -- verb conjugation, Kanji study, particles, etc.  I would like to request recommendations from Raita and everyone else who has found any kind of Japanese study app that has proven to be useful, handy, and/or fun.
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PostSubject: Re: App Recommendations   Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:22 pm

Kanji Senpai: It tests you on Kanji in a variety of ways (written, hiragana, Kanji, pronunciation, etc.) and provides you with the amount of time you've been studying. Great for those few extra minutes between classes and for when you have a solid study time goal. Definitely my favorite of the few I've used!
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PostSubject: Re: App Recommendations   Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:43 pm

Well, I'd love to recommend apps that I use, but some of them aren't even available anymore. Still, there are some really good ones that are. 始めよう。

1. Imiwa: Imiwa is a fantastic Japanese dictionary app. It is soooo great. Whenever you search a word, it gives you a long list of sentences for examples of how it's used. It has the full Kanji list with onyomi and kunyomi readings searchable by grades or the JLPT. It gives you compound kanji vocabulary for each kanji you search. It also lets you search kanji by broken down radicals, and finally shows the stroke order for each kanji via animation. All in one app! 

2. Learn Japanese Particles: This app has readable fairly short but informative lessons for each Particle and gives you example sentences with blanks where particles are supposed to go and let's you choose between a list of particles which ones you think go in what places. Very useful in learning particle usage. Also, it doesn't just have the main beginner level particles, but ones like から、まで、より、ほど、など、and でも.

3. Kanji Box: Kanji box is a great app where you can practice kanji by JLPT levels you ajust which one you like. And your able to drill your self in categories such as Kanji, where it gives you a word and you pick the single kanji that represents that word. As well as, the "Drill missing kanji" feature. It gives you a word, with a kanji in it but has hiragana for the rest of the word or phrase and you must pick the missing kanji out of a choice of 4 kanji options. On top of that, it gives you the quiz option for yourself as well. You are also able to do a vocab drill, and a reading drill. It also has a bit of a grammar guide that touches on basic grammar and particles, kanji draw which let's you practice stroke order with your finger, or stylis. There is also mirror kanji where it gives one side of it, but you must draw the rest. There is A ton included in this app.

4. Learning Japanese: This is basically a website in an app, (don't get me wrong, you do NOT need an internet connection to work with it.) I just said that because there is the same info in Tae Kim's website as there is on the app. This is a VERY GOOD grammar guide. In it, it covers an INTRODUCTION , WRITING SYSTEMS (lessons 1-3), BASIC GRAMMAR (lessons 1-11), ESSENTIAL GRAMMER (lessons 1-18), SPECIAL EXPRESSIONS (lessons 1-13) and finally ADVANCED TOPICS (Lessons 1-10). That's a total of 55 lessons. Very good for advancing your Japanese.

5. Japanese Flip: This is a flip study app which helps you practice and memorizing vocabulary. It separates vocab level by the JLPT. It has a progress bar in the following categories for smart memorization techniques. Untested, new, recent, older, and ancient. Depending on how well you answer them, depends which categorie will place the word. The JLPT vocab level starts off with Level 4 with 415 words, and goes all the way through the levels and at level 1, you learn 6000 total.

6. Kanji Flip: This is made by the same people as the app above, and works the exact same way, except obviously works with kanji. It starts off with JLPT level 4 with 103 kanji working all the way through the levels 4-1 totaling 2230 kanji. Plus you are able to add your own in your own list.

7. Japanese Conjugation: I'm listing this, but sadly I think it's no longer available. Anyway this app goes over a wide variety of verbs in alphabetical order. The number of the verbs is massive! I'd say totaling over 500 verbs! And you are able to finger slide to 1 of 18 conjugation options. Very cool app. You can try to find it.

8. Quizlet: Now, I think This might be a website too, if it is, it would be a plus for people who don't have tablet-like devices. Anyway, Quizlet is a flash card app. You can search for other people's flash card sets, but best of all, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN sets off flash cards! And in learn mode, it actually shows you the English and asks you to type the Japanese meaning. It has a smart memorization technique, and shows the ones you missed and didn't know more often. It also has a Match mode where you can Match the Japanese to the English out of a variety of your deck currently in use in that matching session. Also, this is an "Any subject App" not just Japanese, can be used for other school related memorization for tests and other such things. Great app, highly recommend!


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