GENKI Vocab Cards for 2nd Ed‪.‬ 4+

1200 Essential Japanese Words

The Japan Times Publishing, Ltd.

Designed for iPhone

    • 3.4 • 57 Ratings
    • $5.99

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NOTE: This is for the 2nd edition of GENKI. If you are using the 3rd edition of GENKI books, please purchase the app "GENKI Vocab for 3rd Ed."

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.

What’s New

Version 3.0.4

Fixed the display bug in Dark Appearance. (NOTE: This is for the 2nd edition of GENKI. The app for the 3rd edition will be released in October 2020.)

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings


Sound issues

I followed the instructions of another review and the sound now works. Close all apps, flip your side mute button off then on, restart phone, flip your side mute button off then on again, now the app should have sound.

The sound doesn’t work. Sadly I cannot figure out a way to contact the app for assistance. I was excited to us this in pairing with the GENKI books

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This makes it to where I don't have to carry around a bunch of notecards, I can switch up if I'm reading in English or Japanese which is great to help make sure you recognize the words both ways, and you get to hear the pronunciations!

I have the vocab and the conjugation apps and I love them both!

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Vocab isn’t complete

I knew I could get better apps to learn vocabulary for free, but I wanted to get this because I could follow along with my textbook. To my disappointment the vocabulary isn’t a complete selection of everything in the chapter! Such a waste

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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