By Ronald Timoshenko
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Be sure to check out "Japanese Alphabet Study Guide" and "Kana Kanji Funtime", also available in the app store! The perfect complements to "Learning Japanese"! Just search for "Japanese Alphabet Study Guide" or "Kana Kanji Funtime" and download today!
Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese now available in the app store! Topics covered include:
- The Japanese Writing System (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji)
- Basic Japanese Grammar (Particles, Gobi, Tense, etc.)
- Essential Japanese Grammar (Polite Forms, Conditionals, etc.)
- Special Expressions (Causative, Amounts, Honorific, etc.)
- Advanced Topics (Formal Expressions, Volitional, etc.)
A Japanese guide to learning Japanese grammar
This guide is an attempt to systematically build up the grammatical structures that make up the Japanese language in a way that makes sense in Japanese. It may not be a practical tool for quickly learning immediately useful Japanese phrases (for example, common phrases for travel). However, it will logically create grammatical building blocks that will result in a solid grammatical foundation. For those of you who have learned Japanese from textbooks, you may see some big differences in how the material is ordered and presented. This is because this guide does not seek to forcibly create artificial ties between English and Japanese by presenting the material in a way that makes sense in English. Instead, examples with translations will show how ideas are expressed in Japanese resulting in simpler explanations that are easier to understand.
Please note that this application does not contain Romaji. You will be required to learn the Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) to be able to fully complete this guide. Don't worry though, it's covered in the "Writing System" section.
What's New in Version 2.0.2
- Added iPhone5 & iOS6 Support
- Fixed brightness slider
Fantastic resource, w/ excellent features
An excellent on the go version of the Tae Kim website, this contains a sort of ground-up approach to Japanese grammar that is fast and efficient to learn. If you are looking for long-term fluency and understanding, this is a great resources.
Overall, the app itself is excellent. The lessons are well laid out, and most vocabulary can be clicked to have a dictionary definition and pronunciation guide pop-up.
My only quibbles, and these are pretty minor, are that the pronunciation and definition pop-ups inexplicably vanish once you reach the advanced topics section. It is very difficult to concentrate on the new grammar when you can't look up phrases like "chemically pure substrates" and other formal/economic/scientific terms. There also seems to be no way to un-bookmark things, so by the end of the guid you may have twenty or more cluttering up your table of contents.
All in all though, this is one of my most used apps! Thank you!
The Most Sensible Way to Learn Japanese!
I've been a casual student of Japanese for a few years, searching for a teaching system that really makes sense. I've tried several textbooks, online courses, Rosetta Stone, and Pimsleur. This is an entirely new way of approaching the language learning process, and it's brilliant! Elements that have never felt right in the definitions they'd been given elsewhere suddenly make perfect sense. The readings and meanings of kanji are actually sticking with me within the first few minutes of encountering them. I truly can't say enough just how absolutely fantastic this learning software is!
Simply the best
Very organized, comprehensive guide to Japanese grammar. I am a complete beginner and this guide was able to get me off the ground with a solid grammatical foundation. This means a smoother ride going forward because I don't have 'holes' in my understanding of certain structures and rules. By far the best app, or i would even say the best learn material out there, period. Great job starting from the casual versions and moving up to polite versions; which is not the approach taken by many other materials. I found this more effective as it mimics how Japanese is actually taught to children in Japan.
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- Category: Education
- Updated: Nov 27, 2012
- Version: 2.0.2
- Size: 14.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Ronald Timoshenko
- © 2012 Tae Kim, Ronald Timoshenko
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.