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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

JA Sensei version 5 was released a couple of days ago, and brings tons of new features. This work kept me busy during most of the summertime, so I do hope it will help you make it always easier to learn Japanese. And of course, it's not over, I'll go on making the application always better.

Radicals

  • Brand new and free module!
  • Powerful search tool
  • 214 radicals + 37 variants
  • Kanji examples ordered by JLPT/Jouyou/Kentei
  • This module required a lot of research and computer calculation

Kana

  • SVG characters in learning section
  • Multichoice mode with 6 propositions instead of 5
  • Fixed bug where compound characters were only partially displayed

Kanji

  • Added JLPT, Kanji Kentei, Japanese Counters, and JA Audiobook lists
  • New list selection tool (same as in Vocabulary, with Today's Review feature)
  • SVG characters in learning and quiz sections
  • Display radical sheet for each kanji
  • Break down kanji into parts for analysis
  • Check external resources for each kanji (jisho.com, tangorin.com)
  • Highlight the key radical for each kanji
  • Long-press the skill icons (drawing and eye icons) to jump to the quiz section directly
  • Long-press a kanji in a list to add it to a personal list
  • Multichoice mode with 6 propositions instead of 5
  • Access to the drawing quiz mode for everyone (free)
  • Premium users, please reinstall the KANJI module to enjoy all new features

Vocabulary

  • ALL vocabulary from the Aural Comprehension module added, grouped by level (easy, medium, hard).
  • More than 1100 new audio clips recorded
  • Long-press a Lesson in the list selection to go directly to the corresponding lesson
  • Long-press an Aural Situation in the list selection to go directly to the corresponding audio text
  • Check external resources for each word (jisho.com, tangorin.com)
  • SVG characters in learning section
  • Multichoice mode with 6 propositions instead of 5
  • Premium users, please reinstall the VOCABULARY module to enjoy all new features

Aural Comprehension

  • All vocabulary added to the Vocabulary module (read above)
  • Switch between Easy/Medium/Hard easily
  • Press the timer 00:00 at the bottom to rewind 2 seconds
  • Long-press on the timer 00:00 at the bottom to rewind 8 seconds
  • Vocabulary stats added in the Vocabulary page with links to the Vocabulary Learning/Quiz sections
  • Audio texts now load much faster
  • Add texts to your like list to quickly display only the texts you are currently working on
  • Premium users, please reinstall the AURAL COMPREHENSION module to enjoy all new features

Other general improvements

  • Search by kana and kanji in the Verbs and Adjectives modules
  • New flat and modern icons
  • Lessons: small illustration for each lesson
  • Several interfaces redesigned
  • Fixed bugs on Android 4 where "Lists Manager" would crash
  • Fixed bugs on Numbers quiz mode
  • Fixed frozen screen on some devices (Adjectives, Verbs, Radicals modules)
  • Premium users, please reinstall the VERBS and ADJECTIVES modules to enjoy all new features

 

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Written by Raphael

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  Posted on Nov 11, 2018, 12:22:45 PM #3

Legendofkill24



@Administrator I see, i know you do what you do for a reason and it's always the best, if you think so. The app is great because you know how to do good apps and good content, so i'm always relaxed because i know it's always the best decision. For me it's a bit of a shame but i understand and appreciate the constant updates! The price for the app was minimal considering the updates and the amount of content, hope you have a great day and good week!
  Posted on Nov 9, 2018, 9:40:28 AM #2

Administrator



@Legendofkill24: I understand some people prefer the older style. But flat icons are the current modern style and many people already told me that the app looked old-fashioned because of that. But the real reason I integrated the flat icons, is that they are vector graphics, and they take up very little space on the disk. It means that I could integrate more Japanese data in the app without making the application bigger in term of disk occupation. So it was really necessary to change them sooner or later. At last, as a developer, I have to follow Google's recommendations, and they want to harmonize apps on the store with their "Material" design.
  Posted on Nov 6, 2018, 7:25:30 PM #1

Legendofkill24



I like the features but i prefer the older icons, they feel cozier and all. Also, i prefer the way kanji readings were shown previously. All in all a great update, keep it up.
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