As someone who has been teaching Japanese for many years, I was excited to find out that the Japan Foundation had created an innovative app to help learners of the language. In this blog post, I will be reviewing the app, and giving an in-depth look at its innovative features, examples of how it can be used, its benefits, and the challenges and pitfalls that come along with it. I will also provide some strategies on how to overcome those challenges.
Overview of the Japan Foundation’s App
The Japan Foundation’s app is a free and comprehensive language learning tool that helps learners of Japanese. It is available on both iOS and Android devices and has been designed to make learning the language more enjoyable and accessible. The app provides users with a range of resources, from quizzes and flashcards to audio recordings and grammar resources.
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The Innovative Features of the App
The Japan Foundation’s app has a range of innovative features that make it an ideal language learning tool.
It has two sections, a study section, and a test section.
the Study Section
There are 10 stages in the Study Section, with each stage containing the following steps.
In the Kotoba steps, you can learn vocabulary through games. There are Kotoba 1, Kotoba 2 and Kotoba 3, and each one has a different game to help you learn.
You can also listen to audio to check the pronunciation of words.
The Manga step allows you to read comics. Sometimes you are asked to choose the appropriate lines from the choices you are given, and read them out loud. Automatic voice recognition will tell you if you are correct.
In the Bunka step, four-choice quizzes will test your knowledge of Japanese culture.
And in the Stage Test step, you answer 20 four-choice quizzes to test your knowledge of vocabulary, expressions, and culture learned in the previous steps. If you pass this test, you can proceed to the next stage.
the Test Section
There are 16 tests in this section, each with 50 four-choice questions. There is a 15-second time limit for any question; a minimum of 80% correct is required to pass. Upon successful completion, you will receive an e-certificate of completion!
Advantages of the App
The Japan Foundation’s app has a number of advantages for learners of Japanese.
- Free and there are no ads
- Three types of quizzes that help you learn vocabulary
- Automatic voice recognition in the Manga step
- Certificates that motivate you
This app is completely free. Unlike other free apps, this app has no ads, so there is no need to waste time watching ad videos.
The app also has quizzes that help you learn vocabulary. There are three types of quizzes（Kotoba1, 2 and 3）, so you can enjoy learning without getting bored.
Automatic voice recognition in the Manga step is another feature which makes learning more exciting.
And if you pass the Tests, you will get e-certificates, which will help you stay motivated.
Disadvantage of the App
Although the Japan Foundation’s app is a great language learning tool, there is a disadvantage to this app. It is difficult to learn the letters.
You cannot learn only Japanese characters in this app. Then, in this app, you basically learn in Romaji. Therefore, you hardly get a chance to read （or even see） Japanese characters, which makes it difficult to learn them.
Nevertheless, this disadvantage is due to the fact that this app is for beginners. If you want to learn characters, you can use other apps. The Japan Foundation also offers a free app for learning letters.
In conclusion, the Japan Foundation’s app is an innovative and comprehensive language learning tool that can be used by learners of Japanese. It provides you with a range of resources, from quizzes and automatic voice recognition to audio recordings. Additionally, it also provides you with e-certificate which help you stay motivated. Although it is difficult to learn Japanese characters with this app, it is due to the fact that this app is for beginners. You can learn Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji with other apps from the Japan Foundation.. All in all, the Japan Foundation’s app is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to learn the language.
For apps to learn Japanese letters, you can read the following posts.
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