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Japanese Learning Apps

A collection of mobile apps for learning Japanese

Learn Japanese FREE - AccelaStudy®

• Fully functional version of AccelaStudy with a useful subset of its 2,100 professional translations
• SPACED REPETITION feature helps you quickly memorize new words
• Automatic STATISTICS help you track your learning progress
• Searchable DICTIONARY of all vocabulary
• Flashcards
• Multiple Choice Quiz
• Audio Quiz
• Completely HANDS-FREE mode allows you to study vocabulary while driving or jogging

Learn Japanese by MindSnacks
  • FEATURES * -- 8 addictive and unique games -- 800+ Japanese words & phrases to study and master -- Three ways to practice: Kana, Kanji and Romaji -- Spoken audio clips provided by a native Japanese speaker to help with pronunciation -- Hand-illustrated image library to help memorize words and symbols -- 50 Japanese lessons designed by expert instructors (upgrade required) -- Personalized learning algorithms to maximize memorization, retention & contextual usage -- Enhanced review mode lets you replay previously mastered lessons -- Additional quests & challenges will keep you motivated -- Thoughtful curriculum that may induce smiles and the occasional “booyah!!!” when achieving new high scores
Learn Japanese Easily

Learn Japanese Easily provides you a relaxing and interactive way of learning a new language. You will have continuous opportunities to practice your mastery of the language by constantly interact with the software by connecting words with images to confirm their meaning.

  • Learn Japanese language in the correct and interesting way
  • Efficient study method with picture and pronunciation to help your understanding
  • "Easy to navigate" interface
  • Free language lessons will be included in updates
  • Test mode to test your mastery of the lesson. A summary with rating will be given after the test
  • Keep tracking of your learning progress
Learning Japanese

Topics covered include:

  • The Japanese Writing System (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji)
  • Basic Japanese Grammar (Particles, Gobi, Tense, etc.)
  • Essential Japanese Grammar (Polite Forms, Conditionals, etc.)
  • Special Expressions (Causative, Amounts, Honorific, etc.)
  • Advanced Topics (Formal Expressions, Volitional, etc.)

This Japanese/English dictionary is massive, yet easily fits inside your iPhone or iPad. Contains more than 174,650 entries and 52,000 examples, as well as stroke order animations for kanji and kana. Japanese works completely offline, an internet connection is not required. Updates are free.

・Extremely fast startup and search
・Search either English-Japanese or Japanese-English
・Results are sorted by relevance. The best match appears at the top, so you can reach the right word quickly
・Begins-with ("free" to find "freely"), exact match ("free") or ends-in search ("free" to find "carefree")
・Enter Japanese words in the Latin alphabet
・Entering conjugated forms (ex. 食べます tabemasu) will find the proper dictionary entry (食べる taberu)
・Enter a number to see its Japanese pronunciation

Enter unknown characters in different ways:
・Draw using the built-in Handwriting Recognition
・Input components (for example 日 + 月 will find 明)
・Input SKIP code (for example Left-4 Right-9 will find 福)

・Free and regular updates
・Example sentences include reading hints
・All pronunciations can be shown in the latin alphabet (romaji)
・Conjugations of verbs, adjectives and counters
・Compounds (引く hiku is contained in 引き出す hikidasu, 注意を引く chūi-wo-hiku, …)
・Similar looking characters (人 入 八 …)
・Kanji by radical or school year
・Hiragana/Katakana chart

・Mark headwords with different colors
・Create your own vocabulary lists
・Exchange lists with friends and classmates
・Add notes to dictionary entries

・Integrated SRS flashcard learning system
・Use nearly any list as a source for flashcards
・Prepare for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
・Study kanji by radical or school year

Human Japanese Lite | Learn Japanese with your personal sensei-in-a-box™

Human Japanese Lite contains:

  • The first eight chapters of Human Japanese, with sneak peaks of chapters 9 through 42
  • Animations of every hiragana and katakana character presented
  • Hundreds of recordings of vocabulary words and example sentences
  • Ingredients(TM) example sentence breakdowns on every example sentence for total clarity
  • Interactive games and review quizzes that keep track of your response history to help focus on trouble spots
Learn Japanese Phrases FREE
  • Free, Universal app (works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch)
  • 700+ crystal clear audio recordings
  • Quizzes, Lessons, Flashcards, and more
  • Learn the complete Hiragana syllabary--start Katakana and even Kanji
Hiragana and Katakana - Complete Basics of Japanese
  • Learn using Study cards with all information on a single card or with Flashcards to flip to see answers
  • Quiz yourself after studying each section and review any missed answers
  • Search all hiragana, katakana, and example words
  • Random function: tap if you are feeling lucky -- great for reviewing all hiragana and katakana
  • Lessons -- an additional way to study all hiragana and katakana
  • (on iPad) view random hiragana on the front page
imiwa? (Japanese dictionary)

(Powered by iSpeech®)
This application is a multilingual Japanese dictionary for iPhone and iPod touch devices. It offers dictionary/kanji and example sentences full offline use.
Imiwa? was created using the amazing JMdict files from the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group based on the work of Jim Breen on the EDICT project.

Use the Japanese keyboard to look-up words in kana/kanji.
Use the Traditional Chinese character recognition keyboard included in the iPhone system for drawing kanji on screen.

Imiwa? now uses the iSpeech® technology to synthesize voice in many languages including Japanese! This function requires a network connection.

Learn Japanese - Free WordPower

WordPower Learn Japanese Vocabulary Free FEATURES:

  • Completely redesigned UI. The user interface has been redesigned from the ground up to be much cleaner, beautiful, and more user friendly
  • New! Level 1 Basic Word List (approximately 200 words): Now you get more than just 1 word a day
  • Support for iOS 6 and 4" Retina displays such as the iPhone 5 and 5th gen iPod Touch
  • Japanese Top 100 Words: A special list of words specific to daily life in Japan. You’ll learn handy cultural insights with every entry transforming Word Power into a mini travel and cultural handbook
  • Essential Japanese vocabulary all in one place showing you the spelling, translation, pronunciation, image, class, romanization and kanji
  • Sample Sentences: See and hear practical sample sentences with every word entry
  • Free Audio Lessons: Learn more than just words! Access the newest audio lessons when you sign up for a Free Lifetime Account within the app
  • Updated Basic Resources: Want to explore the Japanese language even more? Learn everything you need to know with this comprehensive source of Japanese learning tips, information and material
  • Easy to Use Design: Intuitive iOS swipe navigation allows visual learners to browse vocabulary images quickly. Find everything you need without excessive swiping and tapping
  • Custom Flashcard Settings: You're in control of your study sessions. Mix up question types (recognition, production, audio and visual) for a full understanding of each word
  • Listening Practice: Hear each word's proper pronunciation by a native speaker
  • Perfect your Pronunciation: Compare your pronunciation to the native speaker's with the Voice Recorder, easily accessible throughout the app
  • Personalized Word Bank: Save difficult or useful words, with their audio files, to review at any time
  • Advanced Search Function: Search entire database in English or Japanese
  • Progress Bar: Keep track of how many words you have really mastered
  • Word View Options: Romanization and Kana Transliteration can be turned on and off
Learn & Play Languages : Japanese

Of course it's most EFFECTIVE when it's FUN, so we dug into all the research on what speeds-up language learning, and then combined those aspects into this delightful little app. We even added pictures of HANDSOME men and PRETTY ladies, not for objectification but because it's objectively proven to increase the attention span of both men and women!

▲ Quick Start – “Must Know” Words/Phrases in "many Languages"
▲ Logical Topic and Word-Groups Learning (Proven Faster!)
▲ 3-Level Games (Random, Timing & Quiz)
▲ Self-Challenging – Beat Your Own Times!
▲ Final Quiz to raise your competency level
▲ Deeper Audio-Visual Experience for Rapid Language Acquisition
▲ Tracks Your Progress on Each Topic!
▲ Keyword Search – Doubles as a Handy Translator!
▲ Library of High Quality Attention-Grabbing Photos/ Graphics
▲ Native Speaker Audio
▲ Works Offline, Without Any Annoying Adverts!

We believe speaking a new language is a valuable and exciting new dimension in your life, so learning it should be fun and exciting too!


You can learn Japanese "hiragana" for fun. You can enjoy mini game too.
Let's read, write and listen!

*There are three types of character in Japanese called "hiragana", "katakana" and "kanji".
Yes,the "hiragana" is basic.


Learn kanji, hiragana, & katakana while playing a fun game!

Japanese FREE 24/7 Language Learning
  • NATIVE SPEAKER audio for all words
  • New! SPEAK & COMPARE function
  • Priority based optimization system
  • Entertaining PUZZLE GAME
  • WRITE IN quiz to test language recall
  • Self contained, network access not required
Learn Japanese™
  • Flash cards associated with audio in BOTH Japanese and English by native speakers. (To memorize foreign words relying not on translation, but on object.)
  • Addicting game to improve learners' memory
  • High quality native speaker audio recordings
  • 1000 Most Frequently Used Words to learn
Human Japanese | Learn Japanese with your personal sensei-in-a-box™

Human Japanese contains:

  • More than 500 pages of interactive content
  • Animations of every hiragana and katakana character
  • Over 1800 recordings of vocabulary words and phrases spoken by native speakers
  • More than 800 example sentences
  • Ingredients(TM) example sentence breakdowns on every example sentence for total clarity
  • Interactive games and review quizzes that keep track of your response history to help focus on trouble spots
  • Dozens of photos and cultural notes to connect your Japanese to real life
StudyChat Japanese - Learn Speaking Listening Game

Practice Japanese with anime conversations.

  • Listen to a conversation: a list of phrases.
  • After each repeat, any phrase has been seen enough will be replaced by a new phrase to learn.
  • Best used as an intermediate practice tool.
  • Combine with SCRIBE ORIGINS series to learn basic vocab and kanji.


  • Practice listening skills for the Asia traveller
  • Familiarise yourself with common everyday situations, so you're aware of useful phrases
  • JLPT 4 + JLPT 3 intermediate word level, for those who want more practice tools
  • Your progress for each phrase is tracked in the background, so you don't repeat phrases too frequently.
  • Phrases are randomised in semi-artificial conversations, so there is some "variety" to keep your mind awake.
  • Focus on listening, and translation recall. The two most important skills for everyday socialising.
Mirai Japanese
  • already over 150 bite-sized lessons and growing
  • clear visual and audio tutoring
  • two native Japanese narrators (male and female)
  • detailed grammar explanations in English
  • text moves in sync with audio to help you learn
  • hundreds of pictures to help you remember words
  • kana chart with all ‘hiragana’ and ‘katakana’
  • animated stroke order diagrams for all kana and kanji
  • functionality for you to practice drawing kana on screen
  • flashcards for all words covered
  • fun quizzes for each lesson to check your progress
  • search function for all words in the course
  • create your own vocabulary lists easily

You can learn Japanese "katakana" for fun. You can enjoy mini game too.
Let's read, write and listen!

Skritter Japanese

Master thousands of Japanese kanji with the #1 character-learning app, now on iOS! You choose the vocabulary lists, you set the pace, and Skritter handles the rest—a writing coach in the palm of your hand. Say goodbye to forgotten characters, stroke order mistakes, and your pile of flashcards. Say こんにちは to the language learning app from the future you’ve been waiting for.

• 3400 characters and 200,000 words
• Writing, reading, definitions—it’s your call
• Study offline, auto-sync when you reconnect

• Learn each item forever in 54 seconds
• The only SRS designed specifically for Japanese
• Review words right before you forget them
• Automatically adds new words when you’re ready

StickyStudy: Japanese JLPT N5 (Vocabulary & Kanji Study Flashcards)

Starting to learn Japanese? JLPT? This is the only flashcard app you'll need - and it's free. No ads, pop-ups, downloads, in-app purchases or anything annoying. Enjoy.

*** Full N1-N5 audio and kanji writing trainer now available in the full version ***


◆ Beautiful "Map" Interface
Your entire vocabulary is shown as one large map that you can freely scroll and zoom around in. Depending on your progress, each sticky is assigned a colour from red (new) to green (mastered).

◆ Kanji Animations
View kanji stroke order animations and (in the full version) be guided how to write each and every one of them (6500+) with the built in trainer.

◆ Highly Detailed
All kanji, radicals, elements, words, compounds, similar looking kanji (and examples in the full version) are "touchable" linking you to something new - drill down infinite layers.

◆ Decks
Complete kanji and vocabulary data required for the JLPT N5 exam.

◆ SRS Leitner Study Method + Calendar = Awesomeness
Just set a future date and let the scheduler tell you when and what to study, everyday.


◆ A beautiful, smooth, free scrolling interface 
◆ Includes JLPT N5 vocabulary and kanji
◆ Kanji stroke order animations
◆ Full kanji details: Radicals, elements, SKIP, etc.
◆ All information is hyper-linked to other entries
◆ Scheduler - set a future date and your daily study is calculated 
◆ SRS study algorithm
◆ Similar kanji display
◆ Backup to Dropbox
◆ Filtering, sorting and searching
◆ Flag any sticky for later reference
◆ Rolling progress chart
◆ Rock solid, loved and looked after by a kanji geek
◆ Full documentation
◆ Universal app. iOS7+

Full version extras:

◆ Complete JLTP 1-5 vocabulary and kanji
◆ Audio samples (native speaker) for all vocabulary (8200 words)
◆ 6500+ kanji animations
◆ Kanji writing trainer built into every card
◆ Details for 6355 kanji: radicals, elements, SKIP, codes, etc.
◆ Full English/Japanese dictionary with SKIP
◆ 21 decks
◆ Detailed example sentence module
◆ Dropbox backup/restore/sync
◆ Freely create and import your own decks
◆ In-app import (no need for iTunes)
◆ Stickies can be added, moved, deleted and edited
◆ Extensive options
◆ "Launch Centre Pro" = "stickystudyjapanese://"
◆ Emails answered within 24 hours


Twitter: @justininjapan
Web + user guide:

The SKIP system for ordering kanji was developed by Jack Halpern (, and is used with his permission.

KanjiVG (animations) is copyright Ulrich Apel.

I'm Justin. I moved to Japan in 2002 and I'm married to my Japanese wife (lovingly called "Spellchecker"). I've taken the JLPT tests up to L1 (yes, I was there) using this app. I speak, read and write Japanese fluently and I'm an overactive developer who really should relax a little more.

JLPT Study FREE, Kanji and Vocabulary Japanese Proficiency Level N5

This if the FREE version of JLPT Study, Level 1-5 Japanese Language Proficiency, containing all of level N5 Kanji (103) and all the roughly 650 words in the level N5 list.

The study mode is based on interval as this will effectively reinforce your long term memory of the words.

  • Interval study
  • Full set of compounds for each kanji
  • Set study order to English, Japanese or random
  • Customize study speed
  • Include Kanji in Vocab when possible
  • Include Romaji in Vocab when possible
  • Focus study on Kanji / Hiragana connection in Vocab
  • Quick review (scroll list)

If you do not yet know furigana (hiragana and katakana), make sure to learn it. Very important for studying Japanese. However, until you have mastered furigana there is an option to display romanji spelling.

Remember, even if your goal is not to pass the JLPT, you still can learn tons of new Japanese words to use in your everyday life.

Japanese – Learn Japanese (Hello-Hello)


Top-Selling Japanese course in US, UK, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Brazil, China, Russia, etc.

Research-based methodology developed in collaboration with the most prestigious institution for language teachers and professionals: The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages – ACTFL

INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGY: Developed in collaboration with ACTFL - The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, which is the largest and most respected association for language teachers and professionals. ACTFL's guidelines are followed by all major universities in the USA.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Learn to communicate effectively from LESSON 1! Hello-Hello offers 30 conversational lessons based on real life situations rather then a collection of out-of-context words and phrases. Dialogues are presented and then broken down into sentence by sentence where you can practice pronunciation and writing skills

VOCABULARY BUILDING: Practice vocabulary with hundreds of fun and interactive Flashcards plus our innovative Build Your Vocabulary exercise where you can practice alternate words and phrases from within the dialogues

NOTES: Save your own notes from within the lessons to review later!

LEARN ANYTIME, ANYWHERE: No Internet required! All the content is stored in the app so that you have great responsiveness when you are ready to learn a language. You do not need to be connected to Wi-Fi or 3G networks to run the app.

BEAUTIFUL INTERFACE: User friendly interface with beautifully designed graphics

CONTACT US: We are constantly trying to improve the app and take feedback from our users very seriously. The app has a “Contact Us” icon so that you can contact us easily, so please do not hesitate and send us an email if you have any questions, comments, complaints or suggestions. 

-- Try before you buy :-) You can check out our content for free first and buy the rest later if you like it.

Make sure to also check Hello-Hello Kids, our language learning app for children! 


Hello-Hello is an innovative language learning company that offers state-of-the-art online and mobile courses.’s website couples social networking with language learning which allows users to interact with native speakers around the world. Hello-Hello’s iPad apps are among the top language learning apps on the iPad. Our conversational courses were developed in collaboration with The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which is the largest association of teachers and administrators of all languages at all levels, serving more than 12,000 educators. For more information, please visit their website at

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