Blog / March 2011

  • 27 March 2011Remembering the Kanji - there’s an App for that™!

    The Remembering the Kanji official flashcard and review app has just launched recently on the iTunes store, courtesy of Mirai LLP and James W. Heisig!

    The app is chock-full of features: create study lists, review all the RTK lessons with flashcards, save notes for your stories, see animated stroke order for every kanji, practice drawing the kanji with your fingers on the screen, learn the readings from RTK Volume 2 (including words), lookup all primitives and kanji, search the kanji by stroke count, keywords... *gasps for air* Whew!

    The app is currently available for $4.99 on the iTunes Store. Go check it out for the full description and more screenshots!
  • 14 March 2011Today's update

    Today’s update adds the ability to delete flashcards during a review session.

    Click the little tool icon in the top right of the flashcards to bring the Edit Flashcard Menu. The menu shows the flashcard’s statistics (Last Review, Pass/Fail count, etc) and the “Delete Flashcard” option.

    You can undo a deleted flashcard and re-answer the card, just the same way that the No/Yes/Easy buttons work. Note that this interface appeared on the Study page with the Dec 24th update. On the Study page it also lets you move cards to the Study pile, add cards, and start a review of the new cards.

    Thanks to member chamcham for the suggestion. It is true that the Spaced Repetition System takes care of well known cards and that these cards will eventually be on a very long review cycle. But I also think it’s great that users can find ways of using the website that answer specific scenarios such as that chamcham described.

  • 2 March 2011Reviewing the Hanzi website in development

    Work has finally begun on the Reviewing the Hanzi website... after announcing my plans back in June 2009 *cough* *cough*.

    I've already contacted both authors Mr James Heisig and Timothy W. Richardson back then, and have their consent. The agreement is the same as for the current website: the original stories must not be reproduced in the Study pages, and the website doesn't break down characters into their primitives. This way the website has established itself as a complement of the books, rather than a replacement.

    Please note that the very first release will only support Traditional Hanzi, Volume 1 (1500 characters). My goal is to get a working website done first, and then we will work out how to handle Simplified / Traditional, character variants and font issues in subsequent updates.

    I will be posting updates on the development log topic over at the forums.