KanGenius
F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions First off, thank you for playing! I put a lot of time and energy into this game and am so happy with all the positive feedback! It's a dream come true! I really am grateful for everyone who has downloaded it and tried it!

What platforms is it on? How can I get it?

Kanji Drop is on iOS and Android mobile devices - phones, tablets, etc.

How do you play?

Blocks with kanji or commonly found parts of kanji fall down. You keep them from rising to the top by combining them to form words or other kanji. When you make a word, it blows up the blocks around it! When you make a kanji, though, the pieces combine into one block and it changes color. When you do this, the meter on the right fills up. When it reaches the top, a lot of kanji blow up! You will also release bonus blocks from time to time that give you a powerup! See if you can collect them all!

What are the controls?

No swiping! Just tap the left side of the screen to move the blocks left and tap the right side of the screen to move the blocks right. Tap and hold the bottom to make them fall faster or tap the column the block is in and it will drop faster! Again, you do not need to swipe at all!

Why can't I hear spoken Japanese words?

Trust me, the app has spoken Japanese! Sometimes your phone settings need to be changed. Here's how to do it:

For Android phones, please go to Settings -> General Management -> Language and Input -> Text-to-Speech. Make sure your Preferred Engine is the Google Text-to-speech engine. You can check other settings by pressing the gear icon near it. You may also want to install data for English and Japanese. You can also search for "speech" in the settings menu.

If that does not work, or if you have this problem on a non-Android phone, please email info@kangenius.com for one-on-one help! Thank you!

How do I navigate the menus?

Here is a diagram of what the buttons do on the main menu page:
Kanji Drop Main Menu
Labels (Counter-clockwise from upper left):

How do I customize my kanji learning list?

Great question! Kanji Drop gives you a LOT of flexibility when deciding which kanji to learn and when. By default, you learn kanji in the order specified by Heisig's Remembering the Kanji, Vol. 1 (all content used with express approval by author and publisher). However, you can narrow down this list to kanji belonging to certain JLPT classes. Furthermore, you can learn kanji from lessons of various textbooks including Nakama, Genki, and Tobira (others can be included upon request). You can even learn from your own specific list, including one you've made from your other Japanese learning apps, by adding them to your Favorites list!

Here's how to set up your learning list. First, navigate to the learning tab of the glossary:
Kanji Drop Learning Menu
In short, you click the glossary button and then the right-most tab that says "Learning".

Then scroll through the pink window to find your learning source(s) and click their check mark (see #1). Then you can see these kanji in the learning list (see #2):
Kanji Drop Learning Menu Sources
You can see in the area below the pink box, that in this example, we have all the kanji present in Chapter 4 of the Nakama I (Second Edition) textbook.

In your learning list, you will see a bunch of card-like objects with various buttons and symbols:
Kanji Drop Learning Block
Here are the parts of the block listed counter-clockwise from the upper-left:

Now you have a kanji list you can customize to your heart's content to get the most out of Kanji Drop!

How do I close ads?

Wait for the ad to finish and look for the 'x' in the upper left or upper right corner. It's usually white in color and appears once the ad has played. If you want to disable them completely, please read the next question!

How do I turn off ads?

Just buy coins from the store. Look for the yellow icon in the upper right with the "$" in it. Whenever you make a purchase with real-world money, it turns off all ads - and you get in-game coins to spend on powerups!

What are the weird letters in parentheses in the definitions?

Those are parts of speech. You can learn more about them here.

The game is too fast! What do I do?

This is by design! When it goes fast, it forces you to recall faster. This will help your learning tremendously.

If it's still too fast, you can buy a powerup from the store. Click the yellow button with the "$" in it in the upper right and look for the powerup with the turtle!

How do I change the language of the game?

From the main menu, press the button in the upper left with the flag on it. You can learn Japanese from French or Spanish with speech in both languages! If you speak Japanese, this is a great way to learn English.

How do I upload my own custom learning list?

You can now import your Anki, WaniKani, and Koohii decks into Kanji Drop - the falling block puzzle game based on the Japanese language! They go in your Favorites List and from there, you can have them fall as blocks in the game! You can also bulk import words. It's a fun way to practice!

Additionally, if you find progress to be too slow, you can unlock all kanji from the store!

By the way, each story for a kanji links to the Koohii.com page for that kanji!

Useful Links:
- Visual instructions
- Exporting WaniKani Decks
- Exporting Anki Decks
- Go here and press "Export to CSV" to Export your Koohii deck

Do I need an Internet connection to play?

No! The game can be played offline if you like.

Do I need to create an account to play?

No, you don't. If you do buy something or want to switch devices, however, I strongly recommend you create an account so your purchases and progress will be saved when you move to another device. It's easy to setup -- just tap the red button with the 💾 icon to create an account or log in. You will need an email to save your progress. If you are very protective of your privacy, you can make a dummy account if you like. I don't sell your data or make a profit off of it in any way or even spam your email. This is an app made FOR you!

How did you get content from Remembering the Kanji?

I reached out to the publisher and we made an agreement! I am an official developer of games based on Heisig's work.

I'm learning a lot! How do I express my thanks?

Aww, you're the best! Please write a kind review, tell your friends, post about Kanji Drop on social media, or make an in-app purchase! This helps keep the game going and helps me make more apps!

Are you going to make other games?

Yes! I have plenty of ideas. The next one will be similar to this, but for Chinese! Simplified and Traditional characters will be supported. I have even more ideas beyond falling block puzzles. Your in-app purchases make this easier if you are interested in supporting my future efforts!

Who is the team behind Kanji Drop?

It's just me! I like making games that help people learn but are still really fun! I also have spent a lot of time learning Japanese and kanji and have been interested in games that bridge the gap between entertainment and learning. I have a LOT of ideas and I do this on the side, so your support means a lot to me!

How can I reach you?

For any inquiries, please email info@kangenius.com! Thanks!

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