Professor Ninja Japanese for Kids
This app teaches users carefully selected vocabularies across 10 categories (Nature, My Home 1 & 2, Healthy Living, Time and Numbers, Shapes and Emotions, Family and Pastimes, My Body, Planet Earth, and My City. Each category contains 100 vocabularies. The topic on Nature is FREE. The unique thing about this app is that instead of tapping on a button to action something, you have to ‘slash it’ or swipe your finger diagonally to mimic a ninja using his sword. All words are presented in either hiragana or katakana, no romaji or English meaning is included. You have to read the Japanese writing, listen to the audio, and use the picture to understand the meaning of the word, using an immersive Japanese learning method. Another unique function of this app is that it enables you to record your pronunciation and replay your recording to compare it with the native speaker audio. The app also contains an interesting test mode that quizzes your memory of the category learned. You will be tested in various modes, such as having to choose the correct Japanese word when a picture is presented, or sometimes an audio multiple choice is used instead. Each question is clocked, making the game more exciting. There are 100 questions for each category but they are so interactive and diverse that the test is not mundane like some other flash card games. And for only $1.49, you get to unlock all the categories to learn 1000 vocabularies across ten categories. As there is no romaji or English used at all, this app would suit students who have mastered their hiragana and katakana. This app is designed for kids age 9 or older.