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  • #: 15044
  • Price: $4.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2010-02-09
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 1.90 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Qingxi Labs LLC
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2010, Qingxi Labs LLC
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KanaBalls is a gorgeously handcrafted game that makes studying and mastering the Japanese kana hiragana and katakana both fun and easy. It's a fast paced game that will help your recognition and recall immensely, making it a must buy for anyone that wants to get up to speed quickly with the kana.

Kanaballs offers six different question modes:

1. Romaji > Hiragana

2. Romaji > Katakana

3. Hiragana > Romaji

4. Katakana > Romaji

5. Hiragana > Katakana

6. Katakana > Hiragana

ensuring that you know every kana backwards and forwards. Given the importance of kana in modern Japanese, quick and simple mastery of the kana will save you endless hours of frustration as you continue down the path of Japanese learning.

Whether you're a student of Japanese, an expat living in Japan, or just someone who is interested in the language, KanaBalls is the right app for you to master the Japanese kana.

A free lite version of KanaBalls is also available. Just search for "KanaBalls Lite" to check out the gameplay and try before you buy!

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

Fun review tool

In all the times I've tried learning Japanese in the past, the syllabaries -- katakana and hiragana -- proved to be my downfall, rather than the relatively easy-to-remember kanji. KanaBalls is a fun way of reviewing kana and gana during your downtime, whether it's on the subway, waiting at the bank, or anywhere else you've got a couple spare minutes. I've never been much for flashcard review, but practice with this has really improved my retention a lot. A reference chart to the two systems would be a welcome addition, but as is this app is already a useful tool for people who like me are just starting out with Japanese. Well done.

5/5 stars

Love the Photos

The background images are very colorful and pretty. (Especially like the Sumo graphic on the High Scores page)
Although not a beginning Japanese language learner I'm still slow at reading katakana sometimes so this is a great tool to help speed up my pace. I like that the app keeps your time so you have a measure to gauge progress.

5/5 stars

Fun App! Looking forward to future updates

This app is a great learning tool that is legitimately fun!

It runs very fast on my iPod Touch and feels frantic at the higher levels.
I like how it mixes up whether you're matching the romaji to the hiragana or katakana or whatever.

The visuals are great... but why no sound effects or even music? It would be great if those were added in the future, of course with the options to turn them off in the option mode if they're not wanted.

Great app!


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