KaniManabu is an app that allows people who are studying Japanese to learn new vocabulary and Kanji effectively on macOS.
Not Your Traditional SRS Flashcard App
Is traditional SRS (Spaced Repetition System) flashcard apps like Anki and Memrise not working for your Japanese vocabulary? Unlike those apps, KaniManabu by default requires the user to type the answer instead of looking at it just like WaniKani, a Kanji/Vocabulary learning web app. KaniManabu also utilizes a similar SRS system from that app along with the 8 SRS stages.
If the user wishes, there is an Anki mode, which allows users to guess the answer in their mind before showing the answer. Afterwards, the user can select the Wrong and Correct button to advance to the next review item.
Review mode allows for alternate answers and imprecise answers for meanings. In Kanji mode, it will warn you if you enter the alternate reading instead of the primary one. The same for not putting “to” for a verb English meaning.
If you use WaniKani already, this app is great for studying vocabulary and JLPT Kanji not covered in the app.
Learn by Previewing New Items, Not Reviewing
Let’s face it, looking at new cards and guessing the answer without previewing the cards first isn’t going to work for most people. In KaniManabu, you get to preview the cards and have a chance to learn the word through Learn Mode.
After previewing the cards in the learn queue, you will review them before adding them to the review queue. This allows the user to learn at their own pace instead of being forced to review new items in a review session every day.
Your Decks and Study Progress is Yours
Unlike other SRS Flashcard apps, we do not store your decks stored in KaniManabu on our own servers or third party ones. Utilizing CloudKit, your decks are synced across all Macs and stored on iCloud, encrypted. Only you have access to your decks and progress.
Optimized for Apple Silicon and macOS
More apps are increasingly using frameworks like Electron to provide cross platform support. However, Electron provides a un-Mac like experience and uses a lot of resources, thus causing poor system instability, high resource usage and poor battery life.
KaniManabu is specially designed for macOS, utilizing the technologies to give the best user experience. Also, the app is Universal Binary 2, allowing it to work on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs natively.
We are Open!
We believe in making our source code open to the public so users can learn how the app functions and also make improvements.
While the app is libre, as in you are able to do anything with the source code, such as viewing/learning it, modifying it, or redistribute different versions of the app. However, it’s not gratis as it cost money to develop and distribute the app, especially since Apple requires an Apple Developer Membership to do so.
The free version is limited to three decks and a message that will appear at launch. These are the only limitations. The full version, which will cost $4.99 when released will remove these limitations. Active Patrons are able to unlock the full version for free.
KaniManabu can also import and export decks in CSV formats.
Full Feature List (Implemented So Far)
- Custom decks with three types to choose from (Kana, Kanji, and Vocab)
- Decks are saved and synced to iCloud, making them accessible across all your Macs (and eventually iOS devices). App also works offline.
- Easy to use, fully native, and macOS optimized interface (no Electron garbage)
- WaniKani style SRS review system
- Learning mode, which allow you to “learn” the cards before reviewing them. After a learning session, the newly learned cards goes into the review queue.
- Ability to lookup words from other resources (Dictionary.app, Monokakido’s Dictionaries app, and online resources)
- Ability to tag cards for future reference.
- TTS support
- Browse cards by SRS stage and critical condition items (cards that are answered correctly less than 70% of the time).
- Ability to suspend cards
- Ability to import decks (CSV format)
- Ability to view critical items (cards that are answered less than 70% correct)
- Anki mode (see answer and click correct/incorrect button)
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