Around 46% of learners of the Japanese language overseas (about 1,670,000 people) are young people studying at junior high school or high school, according to the results of the Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad conducted in 2015, Furthermore, around 51% of those (about 850,000 people) are studying at junior high school or high school in Southeast Asia. Recently at the Japan Foundation we have made an app with a variety of features, so that these young people can study Japanese and test their ability more easily and in a more engaging way.
The app can be used to study beginner-level vocabulary and expressions in an engaging way through card games, manga and quizzes, and it can also be used to check how much you were able to remember.
The levels of learner this app is aimed at are people who have just started learning Japanese to those who are in the first half of elementary level (from below CEFR and JF Standard A1 level to around A1 level), and can be used from the level where kanji, hiragana and katakana have not yet been learnt. In addition to an English version, there is an Indonesian version for learners in Indonesia, where a large number of students are learning Japanese at the junior high and high school level.
In the study section (‘Let’s Try’） there are four maps: spring, summer, autumn and winter, and you start with spring in the same way as Japanese schools start in spring.
There are 16 tests altogether in the test section (‘TEST’). You can take eight of these any one week. The questions change each week. Challenge yourself and check which Japanese vocabulary and words you remember and know with this test. Once you finish the tests, you will be issued with a certificate of results that includes your name. If your percentage of correct answers exceeds 80%, you receive a pass certificate that includes a medal (illustration)!
A. The app is not compatible with hiragana, katakana, or kanji. The texts in the app are in romaji, so that the people who have not learned hiragana, katakana, or kanji can use the app.
A. As shown in the picture below, press the ●[Tap and read aloud.] button and speak clearly near the mic. When finished speaking, press the ■[Tap after answering.] button, and the result gets shown a few seconds later. If the app still does not recognize your voice, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with this information: product name of your device, OS, browser and its version.
A. If you want to take a photo with the same frame again, please finish the same stage test on the study section (‘Let’s try’) again.
A. The < button connects to the HOME screen when you press it on ‘KOTOBA LIST’ and ‘RANKING’. Please re-enter the seasonal map from the HOME screen.
A. This app can be used offline for users’ convenience, but users can join the ‘RANKING’ by sending your points with a tap on the ‘SEND’ button when the app is in online-mode. Please make sure that the app is set as online-mode in the ‘SET UP’. The ‘SEND’ button appears when you finish ten stages of each season on the study section (‘Let’s try’) and each WEEKLY TEST on the test section (‘TEST’). We look forward to your participation!