An Implementation of Japanese Characters Cartography as a Learning Tool
Foreign learners of the Japanese language invariably have to face the difficult task of characters memorisation. Effectively, due to the huge number of characters involved, memorisation is a critical obstacle on the path towards Japanese reading and writing proficiency. We have recently proposed a novel Japanese characters memorisation technique for foreign learners aiming at facilitating characters adoption. This technique is based on characters cartography, child-ancestor relations and learning paths. In this paper, we propose an actual implementation of that particular learning technique, providing the learner with a concrete tool supporting characters memorisation. We shall detail our design approach as well as software engineering and user interface aspects. In addition, we have conducted an experimental evaluation of our educational methodology and its implementation. The results obtained are extremely positive.
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