I'm a bit of a language-learning enthusiast. I love languages, love travel. But I absolutely ... More
I'm a bit of a language-learning enthusiast. I love languages, love travel. But I absolutely suck at trying to remember words & phrases. I was playing this kids study game once, and I was like "why is this so much fun? And why is this only for kids??" So I started brainstorming an idea for my own perfect study app. I got together a small team of graphic designers, translators, and voice actors. And a Learn Japanese roleplay-style study app was born.
The app is, in a nutshell, flashcards made fun. The phrases to remember are in the flow of 1-2 minute conversations. Yet at each step of the conversation, the phrase varies depending on which words a learner is having difficulty with, based on how correctly they have answered such phrases in each game. The app assumes a basic understanding of Japanese already. It is more targetted towards the upper-beginner to intermediate level, who want to practice real-world scenarios in a fun environment.
Last updated 22 Aug 2012
Published 28 Aug 2012
They say that if you are going to learn a language then the earlier you start the better. But why is that I wonder? Surely, the brain power of an adult with their learning capacity and drive is going to be able to pick up a language at least as quickly as a little kid. So maybe the learning pattern is not quite right. StudyChat Japanese was developed to incorporate an element of fun into language learning in the same way that kids are taught new words and phrases in another language. It uses the simple and fun idea of flash cards to encourage better understanding of the Japanese language for students with some knowledge of the language.
StudyChat Japanese was born out of the developer's frustration at language learning techniques. After trying to master this tricky language for some time they came across a kids study game and realized that it was heaps of fun and more the whole learning process so much easier. This led to some serious brainstorming and, with the aid of a team of graphic designers, translators and voice actors, they put together this fun and effective roleplay and flash card application to make the learning process so much more natural and with a much better outcome. The phrases to remember are in the flow of 1-2 minute conversations and, at each step of the conversation, the phrase varies depending on which words a learner is having difficulty with and based on how correctly they have answered such phrases in each game. The app assumes a basic understanding of Japanese already and is more targetted towards the upper-beginner or intermediate level student who wants to practice real-world scenarios in a fun environment.
StudyChat Japanese is available for iPhone and iPad as a full version or a free lite version with an Android version coming soon. It allows you to practice, at your own pace, real intermediate conversational Japanese without using dull traditional learning methods of repeating words over and over again. Your progress is remembered in the cloud meaning you can learn wherever you can find a good internet connection and whenever you want. It features over 800 Japanese sentences delivered in native Japanese and readings in hiragana, kanji and romanji. The app has been designed to teach you Japanese in the fastest way possible using the special spaced-repetition algorithm to turn 800 words into an endless stream of phrase possibilities.