Learn elementary Japanese words at your own pace:
GENKI Vocab Cards is a digital vocabulary card app that enables users to learn approximately 1,200 words essential for beginners along with the native pronunciations at their own pace!
This is the official iPhone app from GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, a best-selling series of Japanese learning materials boasting more than 1.2 million copies sold.
◆Users can view the cards and listen to the recordings as they like, enabling them to study at their own pace.
◆By repeating a process of memorization and self-checking, learners can firmly master important beginning-level vocabulary.
◆Words already memorized are progressively removed from the card deck, so users can concentrate on just the words that challenge them, making for a more efficient approach to learning.
Study methods and functions
◇ “MyDeck” allows users to view the cards over and over, so they can take their time learning.
・The words can be studied by working from English to Japanese, or vice-versa.
・Learners can listen to natural pronunciations by native speakers of Japanese.
・Fun illustrations help users to better retain the words studied.
・Each card also includes an example sentence with an English translation and a recording of its pronunciation.
◇ “Check” helps learners to track their mastery.
・Users check their understanding of the vocabulary studied and sort the words into those mastered and those not yet retained.
・Retention can be checked by going from English to Japanese, or vice-versa.
・The cards of words already mastered are taken out of the set, leaving behind just those that still need to be worked on.
◇ “List” displays a list of all words covered by the app so that users can see their progress and review the vocabulary.
・Checkmarks are automatically placed next to words that have been mastered.
・The word cards can be displayed from the list entries, enabling quick review.
・The list can be arranged in any of three orderings: lesson order, a-i-u-e-o order, and alphabetical order.
○This app is based on the vocabulary from the second edition of GENKI.
○Ads: The app does not display any ads that might interfere with learning.
Minor bugs are fixed.
Ratings and Reviews
Please include a search option
I've downloaded the app hoping that it'll act as a dictionary as the japan-English dictionary that I have doesn't translate the Japanese words in the books accurately (as the book wants). So the app would be better if we can search a Japanese/English word that we want to find its meaning.
Also, users would aspect they'd have the option to look up words by the first letter by choosing that option but no, they'd have to scroll down, which is tedious in my opinion. I think adding this feature would be an obligation, not an option.
All in all, I don't think it's worth the money to get this app unless they add the features that I mentioned. These are the most basic features but I guess they've overlooked them or they already exist but it's not exactly intuitive that I haven't figured it out yet.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.