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Basic but handy, vocals could use some work
I’d been looking for an app that had rote repetition of basic phrases and this does the trick. I’ve only just unlocked the additional free lessons but look forward to going through all of them. The interface isn’t the most attractive but it gets the job done. What keeps this from a 5-star rating for me are the inability to chain lessons or loop them and the flat reading of the Japanese voice. While accurate it lacks the tone of conversation and the important rising intonation of questions.
Needs to Explain Connotations
As a student in a college Japanese class, I thought I could use this to review some of the things I learned. However, this app really needs to better explain connotations. For example, in Lesson 1 they use あなた (anata) to mean "you." While this is technically correct, almost no one actually uses it in Japan as it has a connotation meaning something similar to "dear" or "honey" in English. It is for this reason that only couples tend to use it. Most people would use きみ (kimi) if you're being informal or そちら (sochira) if you’re being formal. きみ would translate to “you” in an informal way (used when talking to friends), but そちら would translate to something along the lines of "there (near you)." そちら refers to the space someone is occupying and is considered more polite because it doesn't reference the person directly. Lastly, when using "you" you can never go wrong by just using the person's name. In English it's weird to continuously use someone's name after already mentioning it, but in Japanese it's quite normal.
TL:DR this app doesn't explain certain connotations with certain words and it could make things awkward when talking to a Japanese native speaker.
So far so good!
This is great for driving home in traffic. Just let the lessons play and try to absorb as much as possible. Combined with another program like Rosetta Stone or a physical class this is a winner. Would be nice to have the option to repeat the lesson in a loop or to have an auto-advance feature to cycle through the lessons. Even BETTER would be an option to cycle through a set of lessons like “lesson 2-5” and have it just loop back around when finished. Good as it is but could be great.
- SNA Consulting Pty Ltd
- 31.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2013 SNA Consulting Pty Ltd Australia
- In-App Purchases
- Premium Version (Unlock all 24 lessons) $25.99
- Free Lesson Upgrade
- Gold Access Features $9.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.