Language learning application?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Inukami, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Inukami macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    Do they have any applications for Iphone/Ipod touch that teach you a language? I want to learn more about words and sentence construction for Japanese. I know Hiragana and Katakana characters as well as a words and a few phrases but thats about it.
  2. jwflutterby macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    I've seen a bunch of language apps including Chinese but no Japanese yet...

    Off topic but have you tried playing with the International keyboard settings to get the Japanese keyboard enabled? I too know the kanas and some words/phrases/sentence structure and I like to drive my husband nuts by writing his Christmas lists in Katakana.. So I tried to see if I'd be able to do lists in Notes in Katakana but I could not really figure out the keyboard... It shows Hirigana characters but it also does that predictive typing (if you think it is bad in English try using it with another language, ick)... It seems like the only way to get Katakana is to type a couple chars until it realizes you aren't spelling a Japanese word.. I could not figure out how to force it to switch to Katakana and I'm not sure if a Google search will find any English results :)
  3. eGraeme macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2008

    try looking aorund
    i think thats how its typed out, lemme go see!

    the read is very interesting about a guys journey learning japanese in 18 months to fluency thru self study while in utah
    he made a program so he could practice while on the trains in japan(he moved) thru his days

    lemme relooksee n see if i can find it

    go here

    u have to make a user acct (so it can remember stuff you know)

    if you have a nintendo DS there are like 5 kanji games you can get also
  4. Inukami thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    Its cool and all but doesn't really help me learn =x

    I was looking for a software or program =c
  5. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've got about 16 podcasts via iTunes to my iPhone for free...Arigato!:p
  6. eGraeme macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2008
    its probly too far ahead of where yer at in studies
    did u mean something more like rosseta stone?
    im not aware of anything like THAT which is on iphone
    it would be pretty cool tho :)
    you could always just use online language study places in the mean time
    i think thats the best thing for now
    mebbe write a letter to rosetta stone and let them know how nice it would be to have an iphone version for on the go studies :) i bet it would sell well!
  7. rpramanik macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2008
    San Francisco, USA
    kanji flip

    Got a great program Kanji Flip 2.99 us$, more than 2000 kanji:)
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    When you start typing in Japanese, several "guesses" for the word you are typing pop up, with an arrow at the end. Tap the arrow, and you get an entire page of word choices. The katakana for the syllables you just typed are usually in the top two rows.

    The fastest way to input katakana seems to be to just ignore any word suggestions and keep typing until you are finished with a word or phrase, by which time the converter would usually have given up trying to figure out what you are typing and reverted to katakana. But if you need to convert a few syllables to katakana, hit the arrow as I explained above.
  9. Dfndr90 macrumors regular


    Nov 27, 2006

    I have to second Kanji Flip, it is a great Japanese app, and The developer is putting out a Japanese Dictionary too.
  10. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    Looking for a good app to learn Korean myself. Can read and I can speak very little, but I need vocabulary and grammar.
  11. MaryG macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    Try SuperMemo application. You can creat your own course and learn what you need. I use it with my Portugese classes :)
  12. Gokunama macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    Japanese Flip - great for vocabulary.

    A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar Builder - basic sentence structures

    Japanese - by codefromtokyo, lots of great reference material

    iKanji - best app for learning kanji

    Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary - the best kanji reference for beginners and intermediates.

    The Wisdom Japanese-English English-Japanese dictionary. Best reference for new words!

    Pocket Japanese - clunky interface, decent lessons, don't send them your email address though, you'll get a load of ads in your inbox for special deals.

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