Friday, February 1, 2013

JA Sensei 2.6.2

JA Sensei version 2.6.2 has been published on Google Play. This new version comes with a great new feature for the Kana / Kanji drawing tool.

In the learning mode (Kana and Kanji sections), the old drawing tool has been replaced by the new one that was already available in the quiz mode. What does it mean? The tool can now assist you when you are learning how to write a new Kanji.

  • Every time you draw a stroke, the tool shows you if the stroke was the one expected
  • If you make mistakes, the tool tells you where they are
  • You can let the tool draw the Kanji before you start practicing
  • Press the validation button to get a score from 0% to 100% depending on your drawing accuracy.

The grammar section has also been updated with 6 new grammatical documents (for a total of 85 now!). Here are the new structures you'll learn:

  • Not only..., but also... (ue ni)
  • Every time, repetition, would (habit) (tabi ni)
  • I heard that, apparently, it seems that (sou da)
  • About, concerning, relative to (ni tsuite)
  • Full of, covered with (darake)
  • Often, repetition of negative events (gachi)

Please download the module again in JA Sensei. You can also find those documents on Japan-Activator in the Grammar section.

New project: do you want to learn other languages?

I also released a brand new application a few days ago relative to a new project called SpeakOasis. The objective is to release new applications to learn other languages based on the same system as JA Sensei. I started the project with the French language (my native language), but I'll release other languages with multilingual interfaces quickly (interface and content currently available in English and Japanese).

If you like JA Sensei, wouldn't it be nice if you could learn other languages on the same basis? If that sounds great to you, I'll need your help to make this project a success. How can you help? Simply by installing the application and rating it (or even leaving a comment!). This will improve the applications visibility on Google Play so that people see it and start using it, and it will be a great motivator to me if I see that people are interested in what I'm doing.

SpeakOasis Learn French currently has a Phrasebook of 1,100 phrases (I mean to add more modules just like JA Sensei). It comes with 300 free phrases, and users can get the whole content for only 0.99 EUR (introductory price). If, by chance, you're already learning French, you might be interested in this new app, as the price is still very low, and you'll get more and more content later without paying again.

Any way, I hope you'll appreciate the initiative. The applications were programmed in a way that I can update them quickly, so it'll not slow down JA Sensei's or Japan Activator's evolution, and I'll go on releasing new versions and content regularly.

Written by Raphael

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  Posted on May 1, 2013, 4:26:39 PM #8


If you need help for Italian please ask me. (I'm a teacher)
I really LOVE JA Sensei.
  Posted on Mar 9, 2013, 7:49:55 PM #7


I just tried the new release but it has the same problem. I have the nexus 7 tablet. Thanks.
  Posted on Mar 9, 2013, 11:05:43 AM #6


@Hakuma I've just released a new version for SpeakOasis. I spent a couple of hours trying to slove the black borders, but my emulators didn't let me see the screen as it appears on your device. I think you have the Nexus 10, and it has a high density. Google hasn't updated the programming tools yet to simulate that, so it was almost impossible for me to know if it were all right. I'll keep track of that issue and fix it as soon as I have a way to do it.
  Posted on Feb 17, 2013, 12:41:06 PM #5


@Hakuma: I see what you mean, I tested the application in several emulators to check that, but it seems that some devices still behave differently. I'll try to find a way to emulate the Nexus tablet and fixed it.
  Posted on Feb 13, 2013, 2:45:00 PM #4


The display does not work well with Nexus tablet, the light blue screen only cover a portion of the app. I love the JA sensei android app so I bought this one as well. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon.
  Posted on Feb 4, 2013, 7:37:59 PM #3


This is looking really good. Good work.
Hope to see such good things in future also...
  Posted on Feb 4, 2013, 11:32:05 AM #2


I think this is a great idea. Personally, I still have an oldfashioned cell phone without internet access, therefore I can not use these applications at the moment, however, my next cellphone will probably be a socalled smartphone too, therefore I am watching these developments with interest.

I am also interested in the French language. I try to brush up my knowledge of French and I often read the interesting articles about Japan on the French part of Japan-activator. At the moment, my French is still in the "silent stage". That means I can read and understand a bit, but I still feel not comfortable enough to talk or write in that language.
  Posted on Feb 2, 2013, 5:44:32 AM #1


Great changes !!!, Nice job !!!

たいへんよくできました !!!!!!!!!!!!
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