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Real Kana (Hiragana, Katakana)

By Bryn Dyment

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The iPhone version of Real Kana, the popular website for learning and practicing hiragana and katakana.

It contains all the features of the web version in a nice, streamlined interface.

What's New in Version 1.1.2

Fixed incorrect katakana "jo" character for last three fonts.

New icon.

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Customer Reviews

Great app, but room for improvement

I love this app. It's great for drilling sound-symbol relationships, but there are a few simple improvements I'd like to see .

1. It would be useful to be able to select (or deselect) individual characters rather than just series. Sometimes I want to target a half-dozen symbols (in different series) with which I'm experiencing difficulty, and that's impossible to do. It could be done without complicating the UI (the simplicity of which I love) by something like having a series become grayed out when it's selected, and then touching individual symbols to deselect them, or the other way around.

2. In order to be able to work with new symbols (or series) more intensively while still being exposed to ones I've already learned, I wish that there were a way to designate the frequency with which particular characters appear. Even something as simple as being able to select high, medium, or low frequency would be helpful in terms of user customization. Could be done without complicating the UI by combining the idea about graying out selected series with using a light, medium, and dark shade of gray.

Best App For Kana

I work for a Japanese bank and have been learning Japanese. I have tried all the books, a couple of software packages, and several iPhone apps. This was the app that actually helped me to learn both Hiragana and Katakana, in less than two weeks no less.

The best innovation here is the different writing styles. When you are first learning, you can use a clean, easily recognizable style. Once you feel more confident, you can add more difficult styles, forcing you to recognize even chicken scratch writing. I feel confident now that I can read even a coworker's hand written notes.

Looking forward to Real Kanji!!

Great app

This is the fastest way to learn the kana alphebets. In less then a week i could see any hiragana and know the sound(knowing sound then remembering the symbol is a different story but, thats my learning problem and ive gotten better through practice). It is very simple which adds to how easy it is. I would definately get this app if you are serious about learning japanese.
P.S. for those that want a "night" feature, set your triple click home to white on black and you are good for late night lessons

Real Kana (Hiragana, Katakana)
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  • $2.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2010
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Size: 2.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Bryn Dyment

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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