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LEARN JAPANESE PHRASES iPhone/iPad App

With nearly 3,000 sound files, our flagship app is the largest Japanese phrase app in the iPhone/iPad app store. For beginners and those needing a brush up!

This universal app works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Buy it once and use it on any of these devices at no additional cost. Or try it out for FREE with our free version (still nearly 500 words and phrases and a hundred lessons).

"Much more than a simple phrasebook!" - AppAdvice.com

Learn Japanese Phrases, Grammar, Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji
For Beginners and Upper Beginners on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

"Before I'd used the J Phrases app I wasn't too serious in learning Japanese. But the app and TheJapanShop.com in general has made it seem a lot easier and more fun than I thought it would be!"
--User Comment

2,700+ Japanese Phrases all with sound; hundreds of lessons; constant updates

"Regularly updated, large variety of ways to learn. Has to be one of the best Japanese apps out there" - user review

"This is a great way to learn conversational Japanese. Good for beginners and intermediates, kana and romaji, quizzes and flashcards. Perfect."
--DJ Izco

"I have tried most Japanese apps on the app store, and this is one of only two that I keep. This one offers vocab and lessons, the other I keep is a dictionary. Extremely useful with frequent updates. Highly recommended."
--a user in the U.K.

"Fantastic depth, so much to learn. Far better than those over priced apps that teach just one aspect. This is a really good and surprisingly comprehensive beginners course."
--a user review

"Just started learning Japanese. It's a real help. Sensei approves as well."
--a user review

Perfect for those just starting out with Japanese. Designed for those with little or no Japanese knowledge, this iPhone app has over 2,700 audio files of Japanese phrases recorded by a professional native voice actress. Many phrases have cultural notes to make this audio phrase ebook all the more useful.

The lesson section has HUNDREDS of pages on hiragana, katakana, grammar, and more. PLUS nearly every Japanese word found on the pages has a sound file that plays when tapped.

Although this will be helpful for those traveling in Japan, it isn't designed to be a travel phrasebook, but a conversation phrasebook. It is best for those who want to quickly learn conversational Japanese with correct pronunciation. The words and phrases encountered here are among the most used in everyday conversational Japanese.

Nothing can take the place of a good textbook and this is certainly not an attempt to do so. We highly recommend getting a textbook to keep your learning structured and regular.

A great way to learn vocabulary and grammar is to memorize phrases and to know when to use them. Listening and repeating the words and phrases will also help improve pronunciation and listening comprehension.

This Application includes:

  • 2,700+ crystal clear audio recordings
  • Voice recordings by native speakers
  • Hundreds of lesson articles all with sound for the Japanese
  • Organized into logical and useful categories
  • Interactive multiple choice quizzes for every category
  • Flashcard function for all words and phrases
  • Spaced Repetition - view words you don't know more often
  • Random -- randomly display one of the 2,700 phrases or words
  • Study Bank -- favorite any phrase to study or email to you later
  • Settings: Turn on or off ROMAJI!
  • Settings: Turn on or off Auto Play
  • SEARCH -- now you can quickly find any word or phrase in the app
  • Works even without a network connection (except for a few videos in the lessons)

How to reset flashcards?

How can I reset flashcards back to not mastered. I accidentally clicked that button to soon on a few words. I'm assuming that selecting mastered will pull those words out of rotation?

Thanks,
Ceci
(BTW, I'm really liking this program)

clay's picture

Thanks! It doesn't remove

Thanks!

It doesn't remove words by hitting "Mastered." It just makes it less likely to be on top of the virtual stack when Spaced Repetition is turned on in the options menu (on the iPhone--on the iPad it is there on the study card screen). You can change it to "unfamiliar" by finding the words and pressing "unfamiliar."

Please email me (you can use the "Contact Us" button at the top right on this website) if you have any questions or suggestions to make it better.

Thanks!
Clay

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question about Japanese phrases app

I have the beginning Japanese phrases iPhone app. I'm just starting to learn hiragana and katakana so I really like the idea of flash cards. But when I use the flash cards list, it shows me the romanji pronunciation along with the hirangana symbol. Is there some way to turn off the romanji display below the symbol? As it is, I'm not even getting the chance to see if I've learned the sound because the sound is spelled out for me the second I view the symbol (before I even click to see the flash card).

If there isn't a way to turn off the romnaji, can this option be added to the program? I'm afraid that as it stands right now, I'm having to do quizzes and reviews with other programs and by making homemade flash cards versus using your program because your program is essentially giving away the answers.

thanks,
Ceci

clay's picture

Hi Ceci, Thanks! Yes, please

Hi Ceci,

Thanks! Yes, please go to the "Settings" page (linked on the front screen). Then turn "Show romaji" to Off. You can also have it turn off the Auto Play sound feature if you want to test your sight reading before hearing the sound.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Clay

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Thanks! Worked like a charm.

Thanks! Worked like a charm. I turned both of them off. Awesome program btw. I was pretty sure it was something I was missing versus "missing" a feature.

thanks again!
Ceci

Koara's picture

Hello =)! I mean that I'm not

Hello =)! I mean that I'm not as motivated to learn new languages as I was when I was younger, but now i'm getting more motivated, at least, I'll do my best, 'caus I love languages^^, I guess i'm not motivated at 100% all the time "^^, but well.. And you also have to find time, in particular when you want to do many things at the same time like me lol "^^. Well, those are the things I wanted to add with my previous comment. :). Keep it up! 皆さん、がんばってくださーーい(^^)!!

Koara's picture

Great app ^^!

Hello! I got the application, and it's really great, nice and clear (well explained), well done =)! I supose that you're willing to add some other lessons in the future and other stuff =). By now, I still have to revise some of the lessons in the 100 lessons it already has^^, since I haven't studied japanese seriously till now^^(but I already speak french and english^^(and a little dutch)). Friendly XxXxX

clay's picture

Thanks! We are working hard

Thanks! We are working hard on a major upgrade. And yes, we will add many more phrases and lessons shortly--but probably after the major feature upgrade.

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mswashu's picture

WebOS for Palm Pre & future others

any future plans to make these apps available on WebOS? I get the tweets all the time & get disappointed when I see them.

clay's picture

I'd love to, but I don't know

I'd love to, but I don't know how long it will be. I have to take this slow since 1) I don't have globs of money and 2) all the platforms are very different monsters. We are working on a Blackberry application now. But thanks for the vote! I'll jot this down for the future.

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windows mobile

With the Microsoft App Shop nearing it's release. Are there any plans to bring this apps to Windows Mobile as well?

That would be awesome.

clay's picture

I would love to! Any Windows

I would love to! Any Windows programmers out there?

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KAtotheY's picture

Ipod Nano

Why not make it available for the nano since it has a screen?

clay's picture

I'm pretty sure the only

I'm pretty sure the only Apple iPods that can run apps are the iPhone and iTouch. But--eventually--we will branch out into other smart phones :)

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Setup

I think you should learn a few Japanese words with pictures and an English translation (under the Picture and Japanese) instead of learning a phrase then translating into English. Then take the words that you learned and use them in some sentences. An example to use is the Genki Student Book. I haven't used this program and I'm only basing this off the demo. Overall, it’s a nice program and I'd like to help improve the program to benefit everyone using it. Give me a pm because I have many more great ideas.

A good idea is to combine the ideas from Genki and Rosetta Stone together; since both lack what the other has. If you guys were to choose to market your own materials it should have software, audio CDs, and books that work in complete unison. Lacking any one of these materials and it wouldn’t have any gain on the competition; since that’s what they all currently lack. This would make a fantastic program to learn from. I would do it myself, but I don’t know Japanese well enough [yet] and I lack some resources. Overall, the website’s [etc…] off to a great start with what you offer thus far.

<-.-> The past is like a ghost’s voice, quite and withered away, unknown and unheard, loneliness like pale streams. <-.->

clay's picture

Neat idea. We will add some

Neat idea. We will add some pictures to the next app, but it isn't as unified as you are suggesting (yet). Please email me (see contact link at top left) if you have any more ideas. I'd love to hear them.

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conaj's picture

That's an amazing idea. But I

That's an amazing idea.
To bad..something like this doesnt exist for ipod or so (wouldnt be possible..right?...such things would never work......)
But as said - an amazing idea..... :)

clay's picture

Thanks! Right now it only

Thanks! Right now it only works on an iPhone or iTouch. I don't think any other iPod has a screen, do they?

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Installation on ipod touch v2.2 2nd generation

Hi, my name is Silvio and I've downloaded the free version yet but it doesn't work in my ipod touch 2nd generation, software version 2.2. Didn't it work in the ipod touch? Or do I need some update from apple store (there is a new version available, v2.2.1)? Meanwhile I'm using other similar applications I found in apple store but this from japanesepage seems to be better, expect I can use it in ipod touch.

clay's picture

Hi!--Sorry I didn't check

Hi!--Sorry I didn't check here earlier.

I'm not sure. Phreadom (a member here) has an iTouch and it works for him. If you have the latest software, I'm not sure why it doesn't work. Does it give an error message?

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SS's picture

Thanks. Have the paid version

Thanks.
Have the paid version app downloaded too. Haven't gotten much time to play with it yet.

clay's picture

Thanks! Please let me know

Thanks! Please let me know your thoughts and especially if you find any mistakes. :)

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riniai's picture

I think it's really useful!

I have the paid version of this app, and I think it's very useful for beginners. There really isn't much that needs to be improved on. It pretty much has it all! Thank you for making such a wonderful app!

clay's picture

Wow! Thanks :) Phreadom

Wow! Thanks :)

Phreadom did some of the graphic design and Rich helped a lot with proofreading. I'm just glad it is up. It seemed like it would never be approved :)

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riniai's picture

You're Welcome!

However, I thought of something while using the flashcards. Would it be possible to have the option to set it so you can only hear the audio without the words? After a while, I can easily recognize the romaji and kana, but I think it would be even more helpful to learn to listen to the audio without the aid of the kana.

clay's picture

Thanks! So you mean, you

Thanks! So you mean, you hear the audio auto play with a blank flashcard, then you tap the card to see the Japanese, romaji, and English?

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riniai's picture

Yup! It was kind of hard to

Yup! It was kind of hard to phrase, sorry. ^_^;

Japanese Phrases & Words

Hi,

I was wondering if there was any plans in the future to release an app like this for the T-mobile G1?

Thanks,
Zepher

clay's picture

Not right now, but is that a

Not right now, but is that a Palm or Windows based OS? I think the developer I am working with only has experience with Apple products. :(

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Aislynn's picture

My phone's a Windows based

My phone's a Windows based OS, and I hope that you guys can get a version for us soon! :)
The app looks really interesting and It'd be nice to have it on my phone...

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt-

clay's picture

Thanks! It is most

Thanks! It is most definitely on the to-do list. But unfortunately, I'm not made out of money :) It will have to be after a few more iPhone apps are released (I can reuse much of the original code which makes a second and third iPhone app relatively cheap). I am planning on working on a Windows CE version late this year, though.

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G1

Hi,

The G1 is an Android based OS. A new OS from Google, which supposedly is very open-source and has a lot of companies backing it. Currently it's a little iffy right now but with time it should be a very competent OS.

Thanks,

Zepher

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