Around 46% of learners of the Japanese language overseas (about 1,670,000 people) are young people studying at junior high school or high school, according to the results of the Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad conducted in 2015, Furthermore, around 51% of those (about 850,000 people) are studying at junior high school or high school in Southeast Asia. Recently at the Japan Foundation we have made an app with a variety of features, so that these young people can study Japanese and test their ability more easily and in a more engaging way.
The app can be used to study beginner-level vocabulary and expressions in an engaging way through card games, manga and quizzes, and it can also be used to check how much you were able to remember.
The levels of learner this app is aimed at are people who have just started learning Japanese to those who are in the first half of elementary level (from below CEFR and JF Standard A1 level to around A1 level), and can be used from the level where kanji, hiragana and katakana have not yet been learnt. As well as an English version, there is an Indonesian and Thai version for the countries in Southeast Asia where a large number of students are learning Japanese at junior high school and high school (scheduled for release in March 2018).
In the study section (‘Let’s Try’） there are four maps: spring, summer, autumn and winter, and you start with spring in the same way as Japanese schools start in spring.
There are 16 tests altogether in the test section (‘TEST’). You can take eight of these any one week. The questions change each week. Challenge yourself and check which Japanese vocabulary and words you remember and know with this test. Once you finish the tests, you will be issued with a certificate of results that includes your name. If your percentage of correct answers exceeds 80%, you receive a pass certificate that includes a medal (illustration)!
This app is complemented by a sister web version ‘Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese’. Only a small part of the content is the same as the web version, and the level is easier. After this app, moving on to the web version‘Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese’ would be perfect next step.