iKana touch - Hiragana and Katakana study tool
By ThinkMac Software
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If you are studying Japanese then you will need to learn the two phonetic scripts called hiragana and katakana. iKana touch will make learning these much easier and more fun than traditional methods.
Even if you are just planning on learning a little Japanese before visiting Japan, being able to read kana will help you decipher many signs, menus and more.
iKana touch contains flash cards with stroke animations, example words and spoken sound clips. You can practice writing kana directly on the screen while watching a stroke order animation. Flash cards can be shuffled and you toggle whether rōmaji is shown or not.
iKana touch features a kana speed test, stroke order test and rōmaji replacement test. You can quickly build a practice set of characters to test yourself on, or review kana you incorrectly identified in a previous test.
We've included a beginner's dictionary with over 700 essential words you can easily browse and search.
What's New in Version 2.5.1
- Fixes an issue with the Getting Started section on iOS 7 that made it impossible to exit without relaunching the app.
- Fixes an issue with blank answer choices occasionally appearing in the romaji replacement test
- Restores iOS 6 compatibility
Really great! Best Kana tool on iOS.
One of the only apps that teaches both Hiragana and Katakana. The methods of testing are also very thorough - other apps don't test your speed or stroke order, and I've found both to be incredibly useful. You can also test yourself on Hiragana and Katakana at the same time, which is nice.
Being timed on recognition REALLY helps reading speed, and it keeps you conscious on how instinctively you're able to recognize characters. Likewise, being tested on stroke order makes writing a lot easier to tackle. (and by writing the characters, it's much easier to memorize them more thoroughly)
I will say, however, that using iKana in conjunction with other kana apps would be very wise. There are certain (very popular) apps out there that encourage memorization through association with familiar pictures and phrases, and I suggest using them as well.
I love that this app is getting me back in the habit of learning stroke order and the kana themselves.
The only suggestion I would make is to be able to switch to the next kana from the writing practice, instead of having to go back to the menu and choose a new kana and then clicking on the writing practice.
Maybe even make a standalone writing practice section.
Awesome for Anyone Learning Japanese
As a student learning Japanese is college, this app is absolutely the best I've seen. It covers hiragana and katakana. I love the tests on speed and stroke order. As an added bonus it even has a dictionary. Very thorough app. Definite buy!
- Category: Education
- Updated: Dec 11, 2014
- Version: 2.5.1
- Size: 15.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Rory Prior
- © 2014 ThinkMac Software
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.