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Friday, October 17, 2014

While JA Sensei approaches the symbolic number of 1 million downloads, version 3.2.2 is a major update that shows what you can expect in the future releases. The Kanji module has been redesigned to integrate most of the features that users requested.


Integration of a progress tracking system

To remember long term, it is essential to carry out a cyclic learning regularly punctuated by revisions to reactivate the knowledge needed. Over time, the revisions can be more and more spaced out and the information is stored in the memory. The JA Sensei smart repetition system observes your mistakes and hesitations to customize your learning to constantly reactivate your knowledge at the right time. This is actually an SRS approach optimized for Kanji learning.

The innovative technology of JA Sensei keeps track of your progress for each skill to be developed. By learning Kanji, you can train to recognize them, but it does not help to learn to write them. Learning to read and learn Kanji writing are two different skills to be acquired. JA Sensei now lets you set up your quiz depending on the skill you want to improve.

List management

List management is now much more intuitive. First, you'll not have to create JLPT or Jouyou lists yourself because they are already pre-installed in the application. Furthermore, you can now add and remove Kanji instantly to your personal lists without having to deal with the "My Favorites" button.

If you have too many lists and it may become difficult to find and select the right one in the learning and quiz sections, so you can now "hide" any lists you don't need so to set them aside for later use. A pre-installed list dedicated to Japanese counters is also available.

And more...

The new Kanji sheet was also coupled with other modules (verbs, adjectives, lessons, etc.). At any time, press a Kanji in any context to see its details, practice drawing, or add it to one of your personal lists.

In addition, we relied on two Kanji dictionaries to review one by one about 1,800 of the most common Kanji to improve the proposed meanings if necessary. KanjiDict offers high-quality contents, but also contains a couple of mistakes, or rare meanings, hence the importance of reviewing them manually.

But in the past few weeks, we haven't just worked on JA Sensei, more great features and contents will be released soon.

Download and install JA Sensei (version 3.2.2) from Google Play.


Written by Raphael

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  Posted on Nov 1, 2014, 11:09:16 AM #7


It's perfect as usual !
  Posted on Oct 26, 2014, 7:00:49 PM #6


@Kareema: Thank you for you nice comment and sharing your ideas. I've planned to upgrade the vocabulary module as well. There is much more I can improve, so please wait a little. I'll first improve the Kana module and then the Vocabulary module.
  Posted on Oct 26, 2014, 11:12:01 AM #5


While working with the great new Kanji module and preparing for JLPT there were some ideas for improving the vocabulary module: First it would be great to have predefined JLPT lists there as well. Second it would be helpful to have an option to display the vocabulary in test mode with only the Kanji corresponding to the chosen JLPT level and below (additional to full Kanji mode) and/or with furigana as an option. This would help to focus on the chosen level for JLPT preparations and strengthen Kanji recognition/reading during tests for learners like me who only know a small amount of Kanji at the moment. Don't think I have to mention SRS for vocabulary :-)
Last but not least: It's really great to see JA Sensei evolving to one of the best and most complete Japanese learning tools available on the Play Store.
  Posted on Oct 20, 2014, 10:24:25 PM #4


Yes there are preinstalled lists already, and you can create your own lists naturally.
  Posted on Oct 20, 2014, 9:00:05 PM #3


This is great! I love it. Are there any lists in this update, or did you get rid of them? Thank you for your continued support.
  Posted on Oct 19, 2014, 10:10:25 PM #2


Thank you Kareema for your support. Yes, this is what I want to do so that users can have their lists and progress status on different devices, and stay synced.
  Posted on Oct 19, 2014, 9:54:40 PM #1


Very nice - thank you a lot! This helps me to study Kanji for JLPT in a much better way than before. For future releases, I would wish for a sync option between different devices. I'm learning at home with a tablet and while communing with my mobile phone. So I'd like to have the stats between both synced if possible. Please keep up the good work!
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