First Genki English App is here!

oyakoiconA lot of you have been asking about an iPad version of the Genki English software. (It already works on Android)

Making iPhone/iPad apps is horrendously time consuming and expensive, so we’ve started with something small to test the waters, see what the feedback is, and if we get enough 5 stars, downloads etc. we’ll have a look at starting the main software as an app (although not at this price point of course! 🙂 )

Anyway, the app is an iPhone version of the Oyako Eigo page where parents who want to try some English with their own children can click through and hear my mum teach them some phrases in English.

You can download it on iTunes here.

So yes, it’s only useful for people in Japan at the moment, but if you are living there please do check it out and recommend it to any friends if you like it!

As I said we’re going to be using this as a bit of a barometer to see how people react to iOS apps that aren’t games to see if it really is worthwhile putting the investments in place to convert all the GE themes over to the iPad!

Would love to hear your thoughts too in the comments, and of course 5 star reviews over the app store!

Be Genki,

Richard

 

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...

10 Responses to “First Genki English App is here!”

  1. Gudrun

    Hi Richard,
    Even though I’m not in Japan, I’m the biggest supporter of Genki English for iPad!!! I have been working with my iPad alongside Genki English for several years now, so let me tell you: there’s nothing like Genki English out there and I am sure it would be a huge success! My suggestion is to program it to first show the vocab, then the song, the game/s and the story! I am not so sure about the mini lesson because my kids usually don’t know what to do with it and ask to skip to the song or game as they’re too impatient.
    Great news and I wish you the best of luck with this undertaking! But why don’t you just try one of your Genki English lessons on iOS? In my oppinion that would give you more of a correct feedback.

  2. Margit

    I agree with Gudrun;

    I think you should try the GE lessons to get a better picture. These apps are soo different from the software, they’re only for a very very limited type of parents.

    WEther they sell or not, I don’T think it doesn’T tell you anything about what would happen with the software GE.

  3. Mark Armstrong

    An iPad app would mean the world to me. In many of my preschool classes it isn’t always practical to get the software projected up on the wall screen so for the most part I just have to do without. It’s always easy to trot out the old iPad and show it to the kids though.

  4. Stephen

    Hey Richard,

    How can you already use it with Android? Sorry for the noob question…

  5. Richard

    Thank you everyone for the comments. This was a first app to figure out how to put a development team together & how to find good developers, how to format the audio, how to set up and get apple to process the apps, how the pricing structure and review system works etc. etc. etc.

    A whole ton of stuff to learn (and take time away from other things!) before we even start on re-writing the regular apps! Just wanted to see how much was involved (way more than I thought!) & if it was worth all the effort and investment!

  6. Nena

    Totally agree that
    Genkie English
    Must be accessable thruogh Ipad !

  7. Bernadette

    This all sounds so exciting. I am a real Genki fan and see so much potential.
    You are the greatest Richard.

  8. Karen

    I thought the app was for free…. 🙁

  9. Richard

    Then how could we afford to have it made?

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