Learning Japanese and Chinese just got faster

Memorize hanzi and kanji efficiently with mnemonics and gamification.

PARTNERS

Research

In a scientific evaluation study* we measured the educational effects of our alpha-demo. In comparison with other methods, both students and teachers expressed it was easier and more fun to learn Chinese writing characters with our concept.

The study took place in real life classroom settings in Tokyo. 130 students and 6 teachers of Japanese as a foreign language participated. The students ranged from beginners to advanced level and were between 10-35 years old. The demo taught 150 writing characters. On average, after using our demo between 80-240 minutes the students memorized the meaning of 61 new writing characters. This learning progress was measured as the difference between the students average score in a pre-test and post-test. *Read the published paper HERE.

The app

Here's all you need to know about the current version of the product.

What is Doctor Professor?

It’s an app that helps you memorize the meanings of Chinese writing characters as they are used in Chinese (simplified hanzi) and Japanese (kanji). You learn in a playful way by engaging across three activities:

· STUDY illustrated and animated memory stories to learn the character meanings.
· PLAY a game to rehearse the character meanings.
· TEST yourself to keep track on your learning progress.

On what device can I use the app?

Doctor Professor runs online in your browser and works best on computer screens with a width of 1024 pixels or more. The app is not yet adapted for tablet or mobile screen sizes.

How many writing characters does the app have?

Currently (December 2019), the app teaches the meanings of 230 simplified hanzi and 200 kanji. We continuously add more writing characters.

Are the characters in the app aligned with the syllabus of any language courses?

Yes, the app is currently aligned with these language tests and textbooks:

· Lai Ba 1 Textbook (all 156 hanzi)
· JLPT Level 5 (all 120 kanji)
· Genki 1 Textbook (all 168 kanji)
· GCSE Japanese (180 of 200 kanji)

As we update the app with new content, more courses will be added to this list. Is your course missing? Please contact us!

When is your next content update?

We will update the app with new content every other month with the goal to cover 500 hanzi and 500 kanji by September 2020.

How can I try and buy this app?

Try the app for free with limited content for as long as you like. Then start a subscription ($10 for one month or $25 for three months) to access all writing characters in the app.

I already have an account but how do I access the app?

Sign in here.

Do you have school subscriptions?

Yes! Contact us for group orders and if you would like us to create character lists that align with your syllabus.

How does the ”Share the test result” functionality in the app work?

In the TEST-section of the app you can choose to send the result of a completed test to any e-mail address. This feature is useful for sharing test results between students and teachers. Contact us to receive a spreadsheet template that helps you collect and display the students’ answers and testresults.

Terms of use & Privacy policy

By signing in to the Doctor Professor app you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. More info about the European GDPR regulation can be found here.

How do I leave feedback?

Please contact us and let us know your thoughts about the app!

Team

We are located in Gothenburg, Sweden.


CO-FOUNDER
Tobias Sehlberg
tobias@doctorprofessor.net
+46 708 25 84 26


CO-FOUNDER
Josef Brinck Davidsson
josef@doctorprofessor.net
+46 735 20 19 00


ILLUSTRATION
Kenneth Andersson
Illustrator
Söderberg Agentur, Stockholm


ANIMATION
Mattias Johannesson
Animation artist
Gothenburg

ADVISORS



GAME BASED LEARNING
Neil Rubens
PhD, Visiting Scholar at MediaX
Stanford University, USA


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Anne-Marie Kaufmann
Business Developer The Game Incubator
Gothia Innovation AB, Sweden


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Van Hoang
Head of East China
Business Sweden in Shanghai


GAME BASED LEARNING
Wolmet Barendregt
PHD, Educational Games Researcher
University of Gothenburg