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In 4+ Hours, Learn Japanese Online Through Apps and YouTube

We live in a time where we can learn so much due to the internet, YouTube, and a number of smartphone applications (well, when you’re not posting your topless bathroom pics)

If you are not looking to attend a Japanese language class, this approach can be a leisurely way to get you started, or an intensive way for you to learn to speak, write, and read Japanese (Nihongo).

Learn Japanese in 4 hours – All the basics you will need to continual lessons all for FREE

The channel learn Japanese with JapanesePod101 is a FREE channel, but the reason why I recommend it, is because it’s not a struggle to watch (it’s enjoyable because everything is very well done from the camera work, sound, motion graphics, etc.)


Now that you spent 4 hours learning the basics, try learning how to put that new found knowledge to practical use.

In her own words: “Hi, I’m Miku. My mission is to teach Japanese in fun and effective way! I’d like to connect Japan and the world.

I hope my videos can help people who love Japan and Japanese language. Thank you so much for learning my language!”

The best thing about her vids, nothing feels totally staged like it’s an online course, but it feels more real because she’ll do skits (roleplay where she plays both roles dressed up or with a partner).


You Only Need This App to Start Off With

Yes, only one app that I am recommending because I have been through a number of them, and I concluded this is the best one out of the bunch, and I’ll explain why.

The Features of the Kana App

A lot of the other apps have the same basic features, but like with anything, it’s all about the execution and Kana is a step above in regards to the overall UX (user experience), and especially with their UI (user interface).

This is Why I Love This App

The biggest issue that I see with competing apps is with their UI (user interface) because you some are beautifully designed (Drops being one), but they fail because of the user experience which is predictable/deductive (it is fluff over substance).

Opening up the app to activate my brain since I don’t use it at work.

The main opening screen.

Starting off, I start only with learning hiragana because my small brain has a hard time remembering things, and I literally have to pummel things repetitively into my brain till it finally sinks in.

Sometimes the iconography can be like deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, but not so with this app.

The visual design is very intuitive because it mimics the design language and interaction design that is not that far off from iOS (maybe that’s why they do not have an Android version).

Simple, clean, well thought out design.

If you have ever used the Drops app, their focus is on their iconography and excessive interaction design (it feels and looks cool tho) that has you learning anything but increasing your vocabulary. Instead, you inadvertently start to remember what their illustration of an almond looks like vs. remembering “almond” is アーモンド (an illustration isn’t necessary).

The top right, 2nd icon in, you can set reminders for certain days or weekly ones.

The other aspect I like is that you are not locked into a set curriculum, and you can take on as much as you can handle which can be broken down into sets:

Gojuon (basic kana)
Dakuon & Handakuon
Yoon

I will sometimes add additional hiragana sets to make learning a little more manageable.

This is where the app really starts to shine which is with the way the quiz works which has two levels: easy and hard.

EASY
This is the approach most apps take which gives you a question with 4 options to choose from which is easier because you can make a total guess.
HARD
This is my favorite mode because you are required to type in the correct response with your keyboard, and to draw input for the writing portion (a few other apps have the latter feature too).
AUTOMATIC
In this mode, the quiz gets harder if you got the question right last time, easy if not.

My only fear is not being able to recognize other typefaces out of the app, but so far it has not been an issue.

Just type in the correct answer (if it were only that easy).

The way I remember this is “so ZC” which is an engine designation for a Honda/Acura engine.

My lil smokie like little sausage fingers will sometimes fumble over the keyboard causing an incorrect answer, but the developers have thought out everything, and they allow you to give yourself a pass for the questions you incorrectly typed in.

“Eazy E”

Just like slot machines in Vegas that no longer has real change dispensing from it (they still have the sound of change hitting the metal tray), this game has a very rewarding chime when you get the answer correct which is why I turn on the sound when I play.

Every time you take the quiz it gets tallied up, so you’ll be able to see all of your results which will let you know how much progress you’re making.

You will know how much time it takes you to answer each question correctly to how many you got correct/incorrect.

Sorry, iPhone users only

Seller Romain PELLEN
Size 83.2 MB
Category Education
Compatibility Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Language English, French
Age Rating 4+
Copyright © 2020 Romain PELLEN
Price Free

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