出る順で最短合格 in Review – Quick English and Japanese Study Tool

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Nihon IR, maker of PC Dr. Momo, along with the Japan Times, have an ace up their sleeves; 出る順 is an excellent Japanese-English study tool as well as a great reference for learners of Japanese. It is a set of true language study implements that are geared toward the Japanese learner of English, but also serves as an excellent Japanese learning reference.

To become acquainted with 出る順, you have to be willing to experiment if your Japanese is stuck at difficult kanji. However, as it is a reference for Japanese learners of English, the main bulk of users should be comfortable with all aspects of text, layout and differing modes of study. (By the way, this review was written on QuickOffice for the iPhone!)

Modes Overview
一級(level one) comprises 1500~ English vocabulary which can be tackled by different study methods including ordered reviews, Spelling Test (word scramble), Challenge Mode and a review of prior studied vocabulary.

Ordered List 単熟語一覧
The ordered list is a very helpful mode of study. You may choose from any group in the the full list catalogue of 1500 words and to include or ignore previously studied words. If you are very daring, a random generator may tickle your fancy. Every group, random or not contains 100 vocabulary, which when selected, display the English word, the Japanese equivalent and finally the word used in example sentences in both English and Japanese. Making this mode even more helpful is a recording (not a digital reading) in natural English and Japanese of the vocabulary and then the example English sentence.

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Spelling Test スペリングテスト
Spelling Test (or word scramble) will display a Japanese word or phrase in the upper portion of the screen and a jumble of letters below. If you can suss out the meaning and spelling, either drag the letters to the open text field above, or double tap each letter to enter it in proper order. As language students know, vocab alone works for speaking, but the forgotten art of spleling is just as important in founding your competence in any language. For word-game geniuses, this mode will be simple to suss out but engaging and helpful for your study. Though not my forte, I had fun approaching the game backwards from English to Japanese.

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Challenge Mode 四択テスト
The next section, Challenge Mode will select a group of Japanese words that needs to be translated into English. As a word guess game, you must match the meaning of the Japanese at the top of the screen word with the most equivalent English word from the list below it. When you have finished that group of words, you will be given a report card of sorts. Words that you have not remembered correctly will be automatically set aside for review. I found this section to suit my study habits best and to be an excellent tool for remembering Japanese. Of course, for the learner of English, this will be a great method to test not only vocabulary, but the number of words you have retained in your studies.

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Review mode will challenge both the words that you have passed and those that you have failed in the various tests you have taken in the past month or in the entire time you have studied using 出る順.

Settings 設定
Nihon IR have taken time and dedicated their time to create an excellent study tool which shows in the polished programming, well designed menus and depth of utility. In the settings menu (which can be accessed from the home screen as well as from the top right-hand side of any drill mode) are many choices. You can activate or deactivate voices and background music (not worth it), change volume, and change settings for timing and that pesky list of easily-mistaken vocabulary.

Conclusion 結論
What more can I say? this understated study tool is a smash hit. While intended for the eagre learner of English, 出る順 also offers so much for the already well-studied Japanese scholar. Though the App Store is well behind other software banks, Nihon IR are not intimidated by the dearth of competition and have made an excellent product. The only real recommendation I can make would be to have a special edition that includes all editions of the software included rather than just one at a time. For 8.99$, you are paying for a quality product that deserves praise, however its pricepoint hits above its content range and thus takes a ギリギリ Grab.

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App Summary
Title:出る順で最短合格 (V 1.1)
Developer:Nihon IR
Price:$8.99App Size:69.7 MB
  • Intuitive interface
  • Great test options
  • Powerful study tools
  • Good voices and example sentences
  • Amazing wealth of memory excercises
  • Too expensive for its content – would be great to have each level be encompassed completely in an 8.99$ package.
  • BGM is really not worthwhile!

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