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‘iStart Kana’ is a unique and widely acclaimed app that will teach you the Japanese kana writing system (both hiragana and katakana) using a highly effective tutor-based approach.
Previous customer reviews:

“Great app!!!”
“Good study app”
“It’s the best out there.”

‘iStart Kana’ is the premier tutor-based iOS application on the App Store. Aimed at beginner-level learners of Japanese kana, it contains over 4 hours of full audio tutoring. Unlike most other kana study apps which just have flashcards, this app actually teaches you the Japanese kana thoroughly using a multi-faceted approach which you will thoroughly enjoy! There is simply no better way of learning kana!

‘iStart Kana’ covers all 107 hiragana and 128 katakana, NOT just the basic set of 46 hiragana and 46 katakana.

This FULL version of ‘iStart Kana’ contains:

* 60 bite-sized lessons
* clear visual and audio tutoring
* a native Japanese narrator
* detailed explanations in English
* an innovative interface and easy-to-use interface
* text moves in sync with audio to help you learn
* thousands of audio files to help you understand
* hundreds of pictures to help you remember the kana
* a full kana chart with all ‘hiragana’ and ‘katakana’
* animated stroke order diagrams for all kana
* functionality for you to practice drawing kana on screen
* flashcards for all words and kana covered
* fun quizzes for each lesson to check your progress
* search function for all words in the course
* create your own vocabulary lists easily
* collect motivation badges as you progress

Each lesson builds on what was learned in previous lessons, enabling you to make gradual and consistent progress. Everything is explained in great detail, giving you confidence and mastery of the material.

This app is based on the very best in language learning methodology. Over a million language learners are using Mirai apps.

There is no other app like this on the App Store!
Get this great app now!

– No Internet connection required after download
– No in-app purchase required

Produced by Mirai:
“Changing the Way People Learn Languages.”

Other iStart apps by Mirai:
• Mirai Japanese
• iStart French
• iStart Spanish
• iStart German
• iStart Chinese
• iStart Korean

© Mirai LLP

What's New

Version 5.2

Update Version 5.2

* We’ve finally fixed the bug that was plaguing a number of you who updated the app last time. We are very sorry that it took so long — we really appreciate your patience!

* Facebook integration has been removed since it was causing issues with many of you.

* We have improved the bug detection system and have added a fast and simple way for you to report bugs in the Info section.

This update should prove much more stable and reliable for everyone.

Again, thanks for your patience and for using iStart!

—Your Mirai Language Systems team

PS. iStart French will be ready in February!

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Thank you!

Adyko E

One of the best language learning apps I've used! The tutor and native speakers are easy to understand and follow. The app in its entirety is fun and engaging!

Great app!


Has all the features I would look for in a kana app

One of my top faves


This is a really good app for learning in my top 5.


Mirai LLP
325.1 MB
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2009-13, Mirai Language Systems, Mirai LLP


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