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[iPhone] Learn Japanese with Kanji Study app
Posted By Tucker On December 18, 2012 @ 12:23 AM In iOS | 1 Comment
Have you always wanted to learn Japanese? There are a ton of free apps on the App Store that can help you reach your language goals, but one you might want to single out is Kanji Study, developed by Chase Colburn. This app includes thousands of lessons on how to draw and read Japanese kanji writing characters.
Kanji Study offers thousands of Japanese characters, organized into 4 groups. You start at Level 4, which has about 100 characters to learn, and move progressively through each level to achieve proficiency. You can tag kanji to quickly look them up later and even shuffle the sets of kanji while studying.
I took two semesters of Japanese in college, but my kanji skills are pretty rusty. Thankfully, this app is helping me to rebuild my language skills. Kanji Study is a solid app for introducing new kanji into your vocabulary, or just refreshing your memory about new characters. While it isn’t the best app to use as a dictionary, it does offer tons of detailed information about each character and how it is used.
This isn’t an app for beginners, but that’s okay in my book: most Japanese students learn hiragana, then katagana, and then kanji. It’s a logical progression, but it would be nice if each kanji character was paired with both hiragana and transliterated readings. If you can’t read hiragana, you will be lost using this app.
I love most of the design choices, and despite some confusion in the layout of the main menu screen, this is a pretty easy app to navigate. I love the idea of being able to “rank” each kanji character based on your familiarity with it, which helps you to focus only on the characters that are still giving you trouble. The animations are a huge help as well, as it ensures that users can both read and correctly draw each character using the correct order of brushstrokes.
True neophytes in the realm of the Japanese language shouldn’t bother with this app until they have mastered both hiragana and katakana writing. For intermediate students or advanced students looking for a refresher, however, Kanji Study is a great free resource for language learning. Despite some imperfections, it’s a solid app.
Version reviewed: 1.2.1
Requires iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS version 3.0 or later
Download size: 5.1 MB
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