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Hiragana Mama’s First GIVEAWAY!

17 Jun

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners!


I am so excited! Remember the awesome app for children I just blogged about, “First Words: Japanese” by Learning Touch? The iPod game that my daughter just LOVES and I love too because it’s educational? Well, FIVE lucky Hiragana Mama readers will win the app, regularly priced at $4.99! (Thanks, Learning Touch!)

All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me why you want to win “First Words: Japanese“! Are you trying to raise bilingual children like myself? Are YOU just starting to learn Japanese?

For one additional entry, share my website/this giveaway with all the friends you know who are trying to teach their children Japanese/trying to learn themselves. Just write in your comment something like “I told by friend on facebook about your site. She is raising bilingual children.” or “I just emailed all my Japanese-American friends about your site.”

So… you can comment a total of two times 🙂 Make sense?

My blog is no Tofugu or Pioneer Woman, so your chances of winning are probably REALLY good.

This giveaway will end on Tuesday June 21st, 2011 (which just happens to be my BIRTHDAY), at 10:00am Eastern Time. Winners will be announced that afternoon.

Thank you so much for reading my little blog and for all your kind emails and comments. Japanese is a hard language, but SO worth learning. We can do it! これからも、がんばろうね!

You can win this giveaway even if you live outside of the United States, as long as the iTunes store for your country carries these apps by Learning Touch. You may want to check first. The winners will be emailed a promotional code which they will enter at checkout in the iTunes store to obtain their app. In addition to Japanese, Learning Touch also has games for kids learning German, Spanish, and French… and of course, they have great apps for learning English too. Be sure to check them all out!

“First Words: Japanese” iPod App!

13 Jun

One of the first apps I got on my iTouch for my toddler was “First Words” by Learning Touch. It is easy to use and keeps my daughter’s attention for awhile. My daughter was playing this game while waiting at the doctor’s office one day and everyone was amazed that my 2-year old could “spell” 🙂

I was more than thrilled to discover (just last week) that Learning Touch now has a Japanese version, called “First Words: Japanese“! It may be the best Japanese/Hiragana-learning app for kids that’s out right now (trust me, I have looked!).

This reading game will teach children their hiragana and katakana, as well as basic words. The game contains 100 words in 5 categories. It is perfect for my daughter who is learning to recognize hiragana. Educational, and fun! What more could you want? I feel that the app is worth the $4.99 you pay.

I hope more companies come out with Japanese-learning apps for children. I think Learning Touch did an excellent job creating this app. Thank you!



This game works for iTouch, iPhone, and iPad

I did not receive anything from Learning Touch. This is my completely unbiased opinion 🙂 Screenshots used with permission.

Learning Japanese with the iPad

27 Apr

If I had an iPad, I would definitely get these apps for my kids:

1) かなもじ

2) うたえほん

You can read about how to download Japanese apps here and here.  Basically, if you don’t have a Japanese credit card, you can still download songs and apps if you buy an iTunes Japan gift card.

Hiragana iPhone App

4 Feb

My two-year old daughter LOVES to use my iTouch to play games. I love that I can whip it out at doctor’s offices, at the airport, etc where I need to keep her quietly entertained.

We have “Feed Me! (Japanese)” which is a free app that reinforces basic concepts like counting and colors, in Japanese. I think it is a great game for Elementary-aged children. (Be warned… it will take up a lot of space on your iPod)

There’s also “Kids Flashcards- Japanese” which is 99 cents and I haven’t tried yet.

What I REALLY want is this app: ひらがな なぞり by STX Games. It is the #1 Educational Kids App in the Japanese iTunes store. It is 450 yen and you can practice writing hiragana in the correct stroke order. Unfortunately, it is not available for purchase to (most of) us Americans, because you need a Japanese credit card to purchase apps.

HOWEVER, I have heard that you can purchase music from iTunes Japan IF you can somehow get a hold of an iTunes Japan gift card. Does anyone know if these gift cards can be used to purchase apps as well? If so, I may have to ask some relatives in Japan to buy me some iTunes gift cards…

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