Hey guys, I was reading another language learning blog and they had a section talking about different language learning games (or apps) for mobile phones.
I was already familiar with Duolingo which is probably the best marketed language learning app out there right now.
However, it doesn’t have Japanese as one of the available languages – bummer…
(UPDATE: They just released it recently!)
So I started checking out the other apps that were recommended and then BAM – I FOUND IT!
BUSUU. HAS. JAPANESE.
Heck yeah, I was super excited so I download it onto my phone and starting playing it. You have to register an account, but you can just click the Facebook or Google+ button to do so.
You pick a language and then your level of knowledge (beginner/more advanced). The interface on the phone looks nice and smooth. It uses pictures to assist in learning the vocabulary, which is nice. And it will test you on what you have learned throughout the lesson so that you can reinforce it before the quiz at the end.
Some of the things I really liked were:
- Convenient translate button that switches the language from Hiragana/Kanji to Romaji
- Like I said, pictures help to visualize what you’re learning
- Native speakers. Always important when learning a language
- A text message conversation. This was the coolest thing ever. Just like a group message
- It has a free version
I do believe that there is a subscription mode that will unlock much more, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet.
(Another UPDATE: I have tried out the paid version and it’s even better. Read about it by clicking here)
I’ll let you know with an update if I do decide to subscribe.
So Check It Out
I am really impressed with it so far. If you’re looking for a way to practice your Japanese on the go, then getting this is a must!
It incorporates Japanese reading, listening, and you can always repeat after it yourself to work on your pronunciation. It’s on both the iOS and Android so you should all be able to download it.
You could also play it on your computer if you wanted… But come on. Laaaaame.
Have you already been using it before reading this post? Let me know what you think of it, or if you know of another useful phone app for Japanese.