Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Beginning Japanese Talking Word & Phrase" iPhone App

I'm feeling much more prepared for class tonight!

I found a terrific little iPhone app with Japanese flash cards and quizzes.
There's a free version which nicely covers the sort of things you'd see in a first class on Japanese.
The paid version is only $3.99 and has over 800 phrases.

Besides the straight vocabulary drills, the app includes cultural notes and some articles on language basics.

I was unfamiliar with before, but I have found this app very useful.

The voice recording is clear and understandable, and the flash card interface is very simple and easy-to-use. You can use the arrow buttons in the upper-right to page through the cards or you can "flick" the cards backward and forward.

The only issue I found was in the quizzes. In one case, the application gave me duplicate options on the multiple-choice answers and counted my response as wrong.

When reviewing your quiz results, it presents a list of the phrases you incorrectly selected from the answers. I think it would make a bit more sense to show the list of phrases that were the correct answers to the questions you got wrong.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the review! (This is Clay Boutwell from

    I wasn't aware of the duplicate choice in the quiz. Thanks! I'll let the developer know and see if he can't fix it.

    Thanks again!


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