Jalup App 1.0.3 has just been released, and with it comes something I’ve been trying to make a reality for a long time: fun speaking practice by yourself. Reading sentences out loud and shadowing are great practice, but it isn’t getting you to think and talk for yourself. I wanted to try to actually have a full part of the Jalup app dedicated to simulated conversations.
Speaking missions take you through a series of situations, where you must react with your own spoken Japanese. Now possible utilizing the iPhone microphone and built in speech recognition, when you speak Japanese, it appears on the screen. This allowed me to create structured scenarios where you have to respond to the other person in a specific way. Not only does your pronunciation have to be correct, you need to actually think up sentences yourself like you would if you were there talking to this person.
I make the speaking situations simple, as entertaining as possible, and guide you towards a bunch of possible answers. If you have trouble figuring out what to say, you eventually are given a hint. If the hint isn’t enough, after a few more tries you are given the possible answers. Even when you have the answer, you still have to pronounce it out loud and get that right, so you are always getting good speaking practice.
The best part is that the speaking missions follow through with what you’ve learned from Jalup Beginner. They only use the words from Jalup beginner, without relying on any outside knowledge. Each mission covers 50 new Jalup Beginner cards, and as they progress, the missions grow in difficulty.
Example 1 (Mission 1-4)
Example 2 (Mission 2-9)
Currently there are 5 missions, with around 10 parts each (going up to Jalup Beginner #250). If people enjoy this, I’ll be adding missions for every new 50 cards from Jalup Beginner, Jalup Intermediate, etc.
These Beginner speaking missions don’t cost anything extra and are fully included when you buy the Jalup Beginner Package through the app. You can sample the first two missions for free.
Higher level decks
You thought I was just going to leave you with Kana Conqueror, Kanji Kingdom and Jalup Beginner? Jalup Intermediate and Jalup Advanced will both be added on the next big update (hopefully within the next few weeks, maybe sooner). With them will come a maximum package for the app, which as usual will give you the best purchase value.
After these, I will start working on the Expert and Immersion decks. These will take longer, because I still need to add all the card links in, and this is a very time consuming process.
Get the app?
If you haven’t, yes :) I could really use the extra support so I can start moving forward with the even cooler things planned (picture recognition, augmented reality, etc.)
Also, if you enjoy the app, I would super appreciate if you could leave a review through the app store. More people knowing about the app and using it allows for more awesomeness on the way.
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Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.