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.
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.
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?