The project I have been working on for the last four months has finally been released on the Google Play market! Version 1.0 of Anki Aniki is now available! I’m super happy that I finally finished this app (version 1 of it anyway. Development never sleeps). Anyway, without further ado I present:
I’m actually not sure if I mentioned Anki Aniki on here yet, so I’ll go over it from the beginning. Anki Aniki means “Memorization Bro” or maybe more loosely translated as “Study Buddy.” Anki Aniki is a Japanese learning application specifically designed for mastering the kanji on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (all levels). I have downloaded many similar apps from the market but none did everything I wanted them to. I took aspects I liked from the lacking ones, added some new ideas of my own, and came up with a more powerful learning tool than the other apps I tried. This was mainly to help myself learn more kanji, but I also wanted to make a fun, stylish, and easy-to-use app for everyone to enjoy.
Here are some screenshots of Anki Aniki in action:
The homescreen. There is a progress bar beneath the logo that tracks how many kanji you’ve learned and how many you’ve memorized.
The free-play screen.
Can you guess the meaning?
Learned Daily Kanji list. Critical items (kanji you get wrong in quizzes a lot) are highlighted.
The more often you correctly answer a kanji item in a quiz, the less often you will see it in quizzes. Eventually, if you get it correct enough, you won’t see it for an entire month. If you still know it when it comes around in a quiz again, it’s marked as 100% memorized. Conversely, if you get a kanji wrong a lot in a quiz, it will keep showing up again and again until you remember it!
You have to wait a full day before you get new kanji and you can take a new quiz.
The full list of kanji.
I intend to add many more features to this app (especially if it proves successful). Got an Android device? Learning Japanese? Check out Anki Aniki and give it a whirl! Let me know what you think. If you like it, please recommend it to your friends! There is a free version of the app that has ads and a paid version that is ad-free for $2.99 (one-time fee). Links for downloading:
I made another trip back to Fort Worth a few weeks ago at the end of May to celebrate my birthday with Hiroko. I went from Thursday until Monday (I took two days off work to make the trip a bit longer). I arrived in the afternoon and waited for her to get done with work. She came and picked me up around 4. We went to dinner at a place called Uncle Julio’s, which is a Mexican restaurant. It was pretty good, but I ate wayyy too many tacos (three tacos).
We did a lot of fun stuff. It ended up raining every day, but we did have a few hours of sunshine each day. On Thursday and Friday Hiroko was working so we didn’t get to do much. We stayed at her house with her two cats Leo-kun and Yui-chan and waited out the rain. On Friday night we went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness. I really liked it. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, because I didn’t care for the first one that much. Hiroko was the opposite – she said the first one was better and was so bored by the new one. Don’t listen to her though, it’s really good. Trust me!
When we got home we had some pineapple gin and tonic (I didn’t even know they made pineapple gin, but it’s my new favorite). At least, I think we did this on Friday. It’s been a couple of weeks now and everything seems like one big long day. This blog may be a bit out of order, actually.
The next day it looked like it was going to be a nice sunny day. We had breakfast at Sonic and looked around for some stuff to do. Hiroko had the Group-On app on her phone, so she browsed for some fun ideas. We found a Segway tour of Dallas which looked like fun so we bought it. Then, we called the company to make the reservation, but they didn’t have any openings that day! I was scheduled to fly back the next day so we had to cancel our tour, regrettably.
We decided to go to the beach instead. Not all the way to the gulf of course, but we did go to Grapevine Lake.
Hiroko in the small desert.
There were a lot of people out on jet-skis and boats.
A lot of birds and animals, too.
Hiroko and I. She had an app on her phone that could edit photos. I tried to edit this one, but did a bad job.
Hiroko did a better job with this one.
We walked pretty far from the car along the beach. When we decided to turn around and go back, we were just arriving at the car when it started to rain. We got lucky it didn’t rain when we were so far from the car! We went back home and talked to Hiroko’s new roommate. We wanted to go to Win Star, the world’s second largest casino in Oklahoma, but Hiroko said it was three hours away. However, according to her new roommate, it was only one hour away! We checked the map and sure enough, it was only an hour away. We decided to leave right away and check it out.
On the way to Oklahoma. Notice I got sunburned after only an hour on the overcast beach.
At the casino.
Hiroko actually took a lot of photos at the casino because my phone wasn’t working, but I wasn’t able to save them to my computer! So, this is the only photo from the casino. The casino was really cool, though. There were several large rooms themed after famous cities of the world, a resort, lots of restaurants, and of course – tons of gambling. I decided I would gamble $100 on the machines and maybe some blackjack. Hiroko watched as I lost $20, won $75, and then lost another $55 (coming out even). Perhaps I should have quit a bit sooner – but at least I didn’t lose anything. It was a fun experience!
The next day I was supposed to leave. Hiroko really didn’t want me to go yet, though and as it turns out – the next day was Memorial Day which meant I had work off. We went to the airport, but instead of getting on the plane I extended my stay until the next day. Hiroko was really happy and then we got a whole ‘nuther day in Texas.
We went to lunch after that at On The Border. I think this was my favorite restaurant. I wish they had one around here because I really liked it.
Watermelon margarita and Sang aria margarita!
After lunch we went to the Dallas World Aquarium.
Outside the aquarium.
It wasn’t so much an aquarium as a zoo. There were a lot of birds, lizards, reptiles, and other animals as well. Also, I couldn’t help but feeling like I had been there before. The center of the aquarium with the waterfall looked really familiar.
Hiroko hated this bird.
Hating the bird.
Us in the glass.
A colorful bird.
Lots of greenery.
The aquarium was a lot of fun. Most of my pictures from the trip were from there. For dinner we went to a sushi place called Piranha Sushi.
It was very good, but pretty pricey. We got sake, tons of different sushi, and blue crab fried rice which was a baked fried rice casserole. Everything was good. After dinner we walked down the street to check out the movie theater. There were a few movies showing that we wanted to see, but we chose Iron Man 3. The showing wasn’t for a while so we walked around a bit beforehand.
When we got to the movie, we saw it was a unique theater. It was like a restaurant-movie theater where there were tables and comfy seats. We got our own table with a button on it. When you push the button, a waiter comes to take your order. They had a full menu including soft drinks and coffee with free refills. The prices were cheaper than the food prices at a regular theater! What a deal. Not only was this a cool experience, but Iron Man 3 was really great, too! Out of the three, I liked this one the best by far. Then again, I didn’t care for the first two, so… take that how you will if you did like the first two.
It was a great last day and I’m really glad I ended up staying longer. I wish I had the other photos to show because they were good, too. But, this post is getting pretty long anyway. It was a great trip!
Long time no see! It’s been over a month since I’ve written anything here, wow. I have been pretty busy getting together my next app, working, translating, and doing work for Spel Software. I just haven’t really been doing anything interesting or worth writing about lately! However, it’s graduation season. My friends wanted to do a graduation photo shoot at school before the ceremony. I was happy to help do the photos for the event! I am really pleased with how the pictures came out, we had very good weather (despite a forecast of rain). Here are a few highlights from the shoot:
We took this shot on a timer so the photographers could join.
The graduates on the bench and everyone else supporting from behind.
I really like this one.
Kat and Kim.
Kim wanted to do some photos from up in the tree. Tony and Nick had to help get her up there.
And back down, too.
Mike, Nick, Tony and Kyle.
Mai, Kat and Kim joined.
We tried to do some hat throws and jumping, but I think the profiles look best. Kim and Mai.
Now there’s an impressive jump.
Kat was the other photographer. She’s a pretty good jumper, too!
Graduation is a very fun and happy time, but also a sad time. After three years in the US, Kim and Mai will now be going back to Vietnam. I will miss them, but I’m sure we will meet again some day! Congratulations to all of the graduates this semester!
A while back I finished translating a new video for The Matsuurian. They finally finished adding the subtitles just the other day (this project has been in progress for a long time). Finally ready for your viewing pleasure, I present to you Matthew’s Best Hit TV – 1 Year Special (Featuring Aya Matsuura)!
Last week was the third annual (wait, it was already two weeks ago!! Wow, time flies) International Culture Night. I took a LOT of photos, but it was really hard picking just a few to post. I kept putting it off because it’s a lot of work to go through all of those photos. In the end, I decided to just go with a few of the photos from after/before the performances. I will hopefully post the rest of the images to the photo gallery someday soon.
The entire ICN crew after the show. Great work, everyone!
The national flower of Malaysia.
Boon holding the Malaysian flag.
From left to right – Atsushi, Aya, Soyoung, and Maki.
From the fashion show. Aya and Atsushi representing Japan. Atsushi is wearing my jinbei because he didn’t bring any Japanese clothing to the states.
Kazuki-kun and Maki-chan.
Mike, Kat, Kim, Uzwa, Dida, Minesh, Bao, Mai, Wayua, everyone.
It was a great show this year. I think it gets better every year! Unfortunately, Japan didn’t perform this year. Either way, I am graduated now and not running JCS anymore, so it was nice to just sit back and enjoy the show from the audience this time!