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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All example sentences in the grammar and particle sections on the website have been greatly improved (over 800 sentences were concerned).

Until now, the examples consisted of a sentence in Kanji, the equivalent in Kana, and a translation. That could be a problem for beginners who could not take advantage of this content without first mastering Hiragana and Katakana.

The new system provides great display flexibility. You can customize the documents according to your needs and your way of working. Here are the new features:

  1. Ability to separate words in the Kanji sentence for better readability and easily understand the structure of the sentence (very handy when you are learning a new grammatical construction!).
  2. The Kana sentence has been removed and replaced by Furigana above each Kanji (Furigana are small characters that indicate the pronunciation of a Kanji).
  3. The sentence in Romaji (requested by many) to help beginners and to speed up your learning flow by removing the complexity of Japanese characters so that you can focus on the structure to learn.
  4. Kanji are larger for easier identification.

Gaps between words, Furigana or Romaji options can be shown / hidden to your convenience. You can do so by clicking on the “EXAMPLE SETTINGS” button at the top of each grammar / particle page. Your settings are stored, so you don’t need to change them every time (log out and in again if your settings are not stored).

These features will also be included in JA Sensei soon.

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  Posted on May 15, 2016, 5:42:08 AM #7


@Admin: I was initially thinking of something similar to Human Japanese's App where there's a think green bar on the top right that is always present but I really like the way you added those gears!

The floating thingy can be a bit distracting sometimes -- adding the gear icons next to the sentences makes it look like a part of what I'm supposed to see and looks more natural so I think it's a good feature!

I really want to thank you for giving my suggestion some though and actually found a way to implement it!
I'll do my best to convince my cousin to get Premium!
  Posted on May 14, 2016, 10:37:45 PM #6


@Lightpost: I've added a small gear next to the kanji sentence that will act as a link to the display settings. It's not a perfect solution, but it should still improve your workflow until I have more time to implement a faster and more convenient way to operate the changes based on individual sentences.
  Posted on May 14, 2016, 5:56:35 PM #5


@Admin: I usually feel the need to change the readings on the "Vocabulary" and most especially on the "Text" pages in the Lessons Module.

I already memorized Kana but sometimes whenever I have to try hard to remember the reading, I end up doubting my memory and get stuck on some words when I'm not sure if I'm reading it right so I often have to scroll all the way up, change it to Romaji (from Kana or Kanji), and then scroll back down just to see if I'm right.
And there are times in Vocabulary pages when I don't want to sort of "cheat" (looking at the Romaji/Kana column) for each word on the list and just try hard to recall it instead.

To cut it short, there are times when I want to find out if I'm reading some of the words right but don't have trouble reading most of the sentences and changing it on the option on top of the page reveals everything.

I recommended JA Sensei to my cousin and found out that he was also hoping for the same feature, that's why I decided to stop being lazy and finally suggest it.
It would be really nice to be able to read new words in every example sentence with just a simple tap/s to change it to Kanji with Furigana > just Kana > Romaji.

Anyway, I love the improvements! Human Japanese can no longer hold a candle to JA Sensei!
  Posted on May 14, 2016, 11:47:14 AM #4


@Lightpost: I didn't intend to add a floating button because I was thinking that it was a kind of "set up and forget" parameter. But from your comment, I understand that you consider it more as a dynamic parameter. Can you tell more exactly why you'd need to frequently change it? Let me know about your habit so that I can see if it's something that could benefit other users or not. Thank you.
  Posted on May 13, 2016, 11:20:58 AM #3


Can't wait for the JA Sensei integration of this new feature!
Hopefully, there'd be some sort of a floating gear icon or a swipe-from-top or bottom feature that lets us enable/disable this new feature without having to scroll all the way back up at the top of each grammar / particle page.
  Posted on May 10, 2016, 6:02:20 PM #2


Thank you - perfect way to implement this feature: There's a possibility to disable Romaji and Furigana in the options. Just what I've been hoping for.
  Posted on May 4, 2016, 3:04:33 PM #1


Very good idea for real beginners!
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