1210 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2008 6:21 AM by benwulf
KanjiFlip is ok, it is nothing really special but it does it's job.
Lexicon is quite good. If you are learning set words like a studying book you can add the vocabualry list for that chapther and test yourself with it.
I highly recommend Japanese(codefromtokyo)
1, Handwriting, That hast to be written in the correct stroke order though. 回 always messes me up because I want to finish the enclosure first.
2, "stroke count" when handwriting fails you this is great too, especially for complex 15stroke kanji.
3 by radical, I never use this because I can't seem to remember the radical for each but if you do recognize it this would work really well.
4, if you do not have a set study plan they have a "by school year". You can add them to lexicon for now to have a test but Codefromtokyo said they were working on a flashcard function.
I use it while talking to JP friends online it makes it so easy to look things up fast. Also check out livemocha.com and join in the tests and discussions the community there helps, hard to learn without anyone to practice with.
I would say that for a non japanese they are probably better. Usually the electronic dictionaries have more comprehensive dictionary but they presuppose that you know how to read kanji.
In general for japanese students which are not at least level 2 of JLPT they are almost useless while the apps you describe can be very good.
Shinkanji is extremely good for kanji reference tool but it does not yet have a full dictionary. It explains the difference in prize with Japanese. On the other hand it has very nice stroke order animations and the structural navigation is a good way to find related kanji when you are studying a new one. I have found that it helps me remember better and better understand the relationship between radicals and meanings. It won't replace an electronic dictionary yet. However you can try the above functionality using the free shinkanji-lite version.
The good side is that it is updated regularly with new functionalities and complete jmdict support seems to be planned.
I am partial as I am the author of shinkanji but I have been honest in the assessment above. I can't speak for Japanese which I haven't tried, but it doesn look like a great app.