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Sep 3, 2008 | 9:15 PM EDT

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HTLJ Hiragana is a program meant to help you learn one of the Japanese alphabets, and its romanization. In multiple instances, there are 2 symbols with the same romanization, so I marked one with an '*' to tell them apart. (the one marked is the one less commonly used in the language) This series of games is not meant to teach you Japanese on its own, it is meant to accompany a Japanese course, to help learn and eliminate the need for writing flash cards. This includes flashcards for hiragana to romanization and back. There is also a matching game with leaderboards, and a quiz.

When converting to hiragana you will be drawing, and to romanization, you will be typing it in (the * is unnecessary)

For the matching, click a card to flip it. if you match the symbol to its romanization, they are removed. Remove them all to win.

For the quiz, you will be shown a card, and you are to click the card that matches.



Rated 3 / 5 stars

The quiz is a lie!

Seriously, the only feature I try (the quiz), and the good answer barely changes it's place... Almost all the time in the middle. For sure you don't learn with that.
But that's the only feature I tried, the others could be brilliant. You should check it out.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I appreciate it

I'm simply no good at learning foreign languages. I still can't understand a sentence of Spanish whenever it's used in a flash, so I have to give you credit for trying to help people. Japanese is probably even harder for me, because the symbols are different as well. There could have been some background, but it wasn't intended to be flashy. I just really think it's nice you could make something that could help a lot of people, even if it's something a lot of people may not need. It's always neat to have a variety of games.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Ive got my midterm on wed, this is helping a bunch!!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


You have no idea how long I have been searching for something like this! There is nothing better when learning a language than learning it from a game. You are my savior for my class before the new DS game comes out!!!

Arigatou Gozaimasu!!!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Works great!

I wish I had this to play with when I started learning Japanese. I like it, and I think it is a good tool for beginners in Japanese to practice with. The graphics are clean, clear, and easy to read and understand. There is a good variety of options to choose from, and it even lets you get competitive with yourself. I especially like the writing the hiragana section and the games section, and if you make the cards in the memory game flip faster ^_^ I could improve my time by a lot. I think the romanization practice flash cards are using a random draw method. When I played it I got a lot of redundant cards. Maybe you can add more categories such as shuffled flash cards that go all the way through the hiragana alphabet once without redundant characters mainly for review, especially before a test it might come in handy. Also the N character in the chart section is wrong, instead you have the character for TA in its place. A few tweaks and upgrades and this program will be perfect ^_^ , keep up the good work. I would like to see more useful well made games like this more often. Thank you for making it and doing such a great job with it!

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demonscarnage responds:

I fixed the chart already, and I will be sure to speed things up! Also, now that I have the shuffle algorithm in place for the memory (i programmed the flash card protion first) I will change the cards over to that as well. Good idea!