Japanese Hub Now On FB/Twitter, Emoticons

Thanks again to all of the users of Japanese Hub and especially to those who have given feedback or left reviews for the app. It may seem small, but leaving feedback is one of the biggest ways to help the app spread. The more people use it, the more I can improve it.

Now, for the news: Japanese Hub now has a facebook page at www.facebook.com/JapaneseHub and on twitter at @JapaneseHub, using #JapaneseHub. Coming in v1.4.3, when you share via social networks, #JapaneseHub will be included in the message.

This new feature will not only allow you to follow the apps and what people are saying, but you’ll also be able to get other news (Windows 8 *cough-cough) and share your progress, words, and phrases.

As always, thank you so much for using the app, sending error reports, leaving feedback, and for new ideas! I cannot thank everyone enough.

Emoticons

If you added the Japanese keyboard to your phone, you may have noticed some of the cool emoticons, or Kaomoji, that are only available on the Japanese keyboard. To add the keyboard, go under your phone’s settings app, keyboard, then click ‘add keyboards.’ You can add either Japanese qwerty or 12-key.

Here’s one of my favorites to use: ヽ(´ー`)ノ . If you can’t see it, then you may need to add a Japanese keyboard layout so that your computer knows what characters those are.

Culture Note

Here’s a special lesson for you guys that isn’t in the app. Look at some of the Japanese and English emoticons, such as (^^)/ (^.^) (^^; or 😀 🙂 ;P. Something that you may notice as you scan the emoticons is that the Japanese ones tend to have the eyes bigger with smaller mouths, while the English ones tend to put more emphasis on the mouths.

Why? Perhaps because Japanese culture values suppressing your emotions for the sake of getting along and not coming off as whiny, whereas western culture tends to value being more straight-forward.

Hokkaido University once carried out a study by showing pictures to Japanese and western students to see how they read people’s emotions. They found that Japanese and westerners read emotions quite differently, with Japanese focusing more on the eyes and westerners more on the mouths. Pretty interesting, right?

Japanese Hub v1.3

The updates are coming along pretty quickly, thanks to everyone’s feedback. Everyone’s enthusiasm and feedback for the app has motivated me to make it even better! I’ll have to wait about a week for v1.2 to go through and you should get this about 3-5 days after that.

What’s New

This update now properly changes the preferred languages on the kanji details page. Also, the quiz page now uses your primary selected language with English as the backup, rather than English only (you change it on the kanji details page by tapping the highlighted language, e.g. “English”).

I also was able to add the sharing function to the explanation audio examples. It was a bit tricky, so I wasn’t able to get it done in v1.2, but now it’s ready!

Also, now, if you go to the feedback page, you can see the RSS feed to get updates directly from me. Tap on them to view them in a web browser.

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Japanese Hub v1.2

SplashScreenFirst, I can’t thank all of you who have downloaded and/or given feedback for this app enough. It is so much appreciated. It’s hard to believe that a lone guy just doing something out of a hobby (rather, addiction) would have an app that people love! It’s truly humbling and appreciated!

Now, I’ve received every email and error that you guys have posted. Not only that, but many of you had some great suggestions for the app. I’ve just posted v1.2 to the store and it is undergoing certification as I type and should be out in 3-5 days, so by 3/17 at the latest. Fingers crossed!

Here’s what’s new in this update. Again, thank you everyone for your reports and suggestions!

What’s New

  • you can now share virtually any Japanese word or phrase by either a hold gesture or via the menu item list (the three dots on the sides). You can send it to your social networks, via sms, or email. Details pages use the app bar menu while lists use the gesture.
  • You can now reset lesson/vocabulary viewed data. Holding the lesson/conversation or vocabulary equivalent will show a menu that will reset the data. If you are in the lesson or vocabulary details, it’s a menu item.
  • Review and Quiz sections now properly remove punctuation
  • The quiz section now properly filters duplicate answers (e.g. that annoying ‘konnichiwa’ repeat). Turns out, there’s two and one of them had a space at the end, which caused the repeat. That shouldn’t happen anymore.
  • Fixed a blank page issue on Getting Started where leaving the app and coming back would result in a blank page being shown.
  • fixed a crash issue resulting from trying to take a vocabulary quiz
  • fixed crash issue on quiz selection for lessons and writing (Hiragana and Katakana) where the done button was enabled when nothing was selected
  • crash fix when tapping a dictionary search result when the result doesn’t have a kanji
  • prevented possible crash on the study list where swiping down to remove the last item before the animation completed would result in a crash. This list can be cleared via a menu item.
  • On review page, fixed a situation where the show/hide English/Romaji buttons would have to be tapped twice.

Coming Soon

Future ideas include adding a feed so that you guys can see what updates and news are coming from me (the dev).

I also hope to upgrade the app to Windows Phone 8 (for the wide tile option) and Windows 8. I hope to tie the two together so that you can study on one and pick up where you left off on the other.

I also hope to design a system to push updates for the kanji databases, since some of the stroke orders are incorrect.

Japanese Hub for Windows Phone

SplashScreenThe most comprehensive Japanese language learning app is now available for Windows Phone. Whether you want a basic introduction to Japanese or want to take the highest level proficiency tests, this app will get you there.

The majority of Japanese language apps for Windows, iOS, and Android only contain one portion of learning Japanese, meaning that to learn the language, you’ll have to buy 4 or 5 apps. However, Japanese Hub contains all of these in one app for only $9.99! With Japanese Hub, you get:

  • 27 written lessons with conversations
  • Lessons on writing Japanese characters (Hiragana and Katakana)
  • 1,200 vocabulary words sorted by topic
  • 13,000 entry kanji dictionary
    – arranged by grade taught and Japanese Language Proficiency Test
    – Readings/Translations in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean (Hangul), Korean Romanized, Japanese kun (native Japanese), Japanese on (Chinese readings)
  • Look up the meanings of the sub-elements of each kanji
  • Practice drawing each kanji
  • Watch the kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana be drawn stroke by stroke
  • Randomized quizzes
    – English, Roman letters (Romaji), Japanese, writing and recognition (all to and from)
  • 163,000 entry Japanese/English dictionary
  • Audio pronunciation of any word or phrase
  • Add any item to a list for special studying

Also Supports

  • Live tile updates taken from the lessons, vocabulary, and kanji databases
  • Social networking: share your accomplishments on your social networks as you learn.
  • Be welcomed to the home screen with a selection of 13 beautiful background images.
  • Black and white theme support
  • Trial and Free versions

With Japanese Hub, you will get written lessons that explain the language and culture as well have conversation examples that are broken down by word for detailed explanations. You also get explanations of the Japanese writing systems with examples in which each character is used as you watch the characters be drawn for you to help you practice.

Under the Vocabulary, you get vocabulary words sorted into topics from around your house, to walking through the city, to school, and much more.

With the kanji, you get detailed explanations of the the kanji, as well as the ability to tap one of its sub-element to see that sub-element’s meaning.

After you’ve studied these sections, you can take a completely randomized quiz that can test your recognition, writing, and knowledge in a way that’s different every time you take the test!

One of the app’s best features is the ability to look up any word or phrase in its dictionaries in any supported language and practice the kanji in that word.

Check out the app in the Windows Store here with a free trail or $9.99 for the full version:
Or with this QR code.
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