April 20th, 2009

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ANNOUNCING! iKanji touch for iPhone and iPod Touch

Hey guys, I've been involved with developing this nifty little program for a while, and it's my pleasure to announce that it's finally available for download!

Announcing iKanji Touch 1.0 for iPhone and iPod Touch

The mobile follow-up to iKanji for Mac OS X, Thinkmac Software's iKanji touch allows users to study Japanese kanji characters with unprecedented ease - anywhere, anytime.

An intuitive user interface and a variety of learning tools make iKanji touch the perfect ool for kanji study


The program's comprehensive database covers over 2000 kanji commonly taught in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) as well as Japanese school grade kanji from levels 1 to 6. More than 16,000 example compounds and over 700 stroke animations are provided to aid memorization and provide context for kanji usage.

iKanji touch's intuitive user interface allows kanji to be quickly searched or browsed by grade and JLPT level. Quizzes test users on kanji meanings, readings, stroke order and compounds at each level of study, while users wishing to focus their study can easily add individual kanji to a customized practice set.

The spaced repetition-based Teach Me mode tests users at varying intervals based on their previous ability to correctly recall kanji readings, meanings and compounds. The more successful users are at recalling the kanji, the less often they're tested - meaning users spend more time on the characters they need to know.

Pricing and Availability:

iKanji touch is available for download and purchase in the iTunes App Store. It is priced at $9.99 USD in the US, £5.99 in the UK and €7.99 Euro in the EU. ThinkMac Software also sells iKana touch for the iPhone and iKanji for Mac OS X.

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Christ -- definite or indefinite article?

Is there a rule governing the use of articles before "Christ"?
"(The?) Christ redeemed the humankind from its sins"

"He, therefore, who declares that they are not to testify about Christ" - no article

"And the female figure was denigrated as Christianity after Christ was shaped by a"

And so on and so forth. Is there a general rule?

You guys might just get a kick out of this... :-D

Within my classics lessons we have been discussing the various origins of words that i just NEED to share: in my opinion it was really fascinating.

"Giant": Ancient Greek derivative - gigas
"Coronation" (this is my favorite); In Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' Ariadne, when abandoned on a beach by her lover becomes really sad. Bacchus, a God, takes pity on her and throws the crown she is wearing into the heavens. There it metamorphoses into a star, named corona which is said to take its place on the brow of Jupiter.

Cool eh? Well, maybe just me....lol.

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Fun/interesting etymologies

Hi all, I'm new here.

I'm taking an introductory linguistics class and we're talking about language change at the moment. It got me thinking about etymologies - they're basically documented changes of words. I was wondering if words that are related change together as a group. So do all family words (mother, father, sister) or animal words, or food, emotions, etc., change in tandem? Do you know of any words that changed together like this?

Also, what's one of your favorite etymologies, even folk ones? I love learning everyday words' origins. :)
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