1. What are the difference between SABU, SABUchan and WEBU?
SABU/SABUchan is for learning Japanese through Anime and songs. It’s a video/song player integrated with dual subtitles, dictionary, speech recorder, flash card system and typing tests.
WEBU is for learning Japanese through browsing web site and reading material through text recognition. It’s web browser integrated with one touch dictionary, OCR system and flash card system.
SABUchan is free with limited access.
To use all the features, users can download SABU.
For WEBU, starting from 4.0, all features are accessible free with sponsors from Ads.
The existing paid users are automatically upgraded to Ads-free version. Users could also pay to remove the Ads.
Since OCR uses Google service on the backend side and it’s a charged service, users have to watch Ads to reward credits.
For heavy OCR users who need to bulk convert magazines and textbooks, they can buy OCR credits directly.
2. What are the limits in the free version ( SABUchan and WEBU )?
SABUchan – max 100 flash cards. only can view first 15 mins of the movie/song.
WEBU – no limits. all features are sponsored by Ads.
3. Does SABU/WEBU come with content?
No SABU/WEBU does not come with any content. Nor are they packaged learning material.
They are tools intended for sustained learning, vocabulary build up and listening and speaking training.
4. What’s special about the flash card system in SABU/WEBU?
It’s very easy to create a flash card. Just a click. And the resultant flash card is rich in content, with reading, meaning, full sentence, link to the original web page or part of the movie/song. And you can enable a feature to associate the card with corresponding images from Google search. It can pronounce the word, the full sentence or play the original dialogue.
We hope users to learn new words from the material ( anime/web page ) they love instead of just cramming words from textbooks.
We also want users to associate each word with sound and images, and full sentence instead of just the meaning.
When you review a flash card, you can compare similar words you’ve learnt or do dictionary lookup by touching on any word on the card. The card quiz is dedicated and full integrated for Japanese learners.
The flash card system is based on intelligent spaced repetition. After you learn a card, it would schedule the card the next day and then a week later and so on. The interval is adjusted according to how well you remembered the word last time. This together with the full context features make memorisation much more efficient.
You can check the statistics to see how well you progress. All vocabulary can be exported to CSV and used in other flash card systems like Anki.
5. How do you put movie/songs in SABU?
You can put movie/songs in SABU in a number of ways
– Through iTunes. Connect iPhone to your computer. Open iTunes. Select your iPhone. Select Apps. In the file sharing section, select SABU. Drag and drop the files into the folder. You can refer to SABU Quick Start Guide
– Upload the files to your iCloud drive. In SABU, open setting menu. Select Download File from iCloud. Select the file to download.
– For subtitle files on web site or as attachment in email, select open in SABU.
– Airdrop from your friends with SABU.
6. Any introduction videos on how to use?
There are some old SABU video tutorial. Check them out here.