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!)

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Japanese Beauties – Ukiyo-e and Japanese Art Calendar from Appliya

From the company who brought us the Evangelion app suite that is deeply steeped in fan lore, a pair of historical art applications debuted early this Month. Appliya exhibit Ukiyo-e Beauties and Japanese Art Calendar which each draw inspiration from Japan’s methodical, alluring past: the wood-block print. Appilaya file these apps as utilities, but they would equally fit in as education or reference.

Their unique pairing of apps in the App Store for fans of anime and now Japanese art is a service to aficionados of both visual genres. Ukiyo-e Beauties’ spectacular images can be used to contruct personal calendars with the Japanese Art Calendar utility.
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This Fortnight: Traditional and Digital Dictionaries Compared

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In the next couple of weeks, TouchMyApps will compare glamourous new digital dictionaries with traditional hardcovers versions. We will weigh cost, totability, usefulness and possibly acceptance in places of work and school.  If you are a word buff or like me are a word clutz, stay tuned: we were able to tap a few great resources in our quest for the right word.

The Digital Divide:
Wordbook Dictionary
Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus
Consise Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus
Concise Oxford English Dictionary
American Heritage Dictionary: Fourth Edition
American Heritage Dictionary Deluxe: Fourth Edition
Roget’s Thesaurus II