The app version of Real Kana, the popular website for learning hiragana and katakana — quickly.
• keyboard, slideshow, and swipe modes
• repetition of problem characters
• native pronunciation
• basic scoring
• nine typefaces
• eighteen backgrounds
• horizontal and vertical text
… and a simple, distraction-free interface.
Made in Kyoto, London, and San Francisco.
Minor bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Extremely useful.. a few things could be better
This is a great application for several reasons:
-In your study of kana, you will find that there are just a few characters your mind can't wrap itself around. This application let you focus on those through it's a way of letting you select different characters.
-annoying but necessary: being able to choose different fonts. It's hard enough to learn these incredibly big alphabets without getting sandbagged by people drawing them in different fonts .... but it is what it is! :-) this application let you choose which funds to practice with. Once you master the common ones you can add the others.
What could be better:
Once you get an answer wrong, it should erase the characters you typed. If it happened to me once it happened 100 times that I typed the correct answer but it was wrong because characters were left over from the attempt. This completely breaks the workflow.
I have selected all katakana and although I like that it's repeating the ones I mistake the most… A great feature… It really isn't picking the entire alphabet. Might want to check your random algorithm :-)
Also: please unhide the settings :-) I understand the desire for clean but like apple this is taken to an extreme. You shouldn't need a soothsayer to figure out how to use an application lol
Overall an incredibly useful application for learning kana which should be your first step before doing anything in Japanese.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your in-depth review! An earlier version erased the answer when you got it wrong, but I felt it would be better if you had a chance to actually see what you had typed. But I think now that it would be better as a setting. And, the algorithm is just a simple random system … it doesn't cycle through all the chosen characters before repeating. I should improve that … thanks again!
I love this app for learning kana! I'm still having trouble with katakana so I use the app as a refresher. I love that it includes different typefaces so you can get used to reading and recognizing kana even with the nuanced differences of typeface (like handwriting, there's a few typefaces that mimic that). I also really love that it includes audio of the kana; putting a sound to the kana helps them stick in my head more.
Use It All The Time
Although I admit this app is a bit confusing at first, after you learn to use it you will never need another kana study aid. I am getting back into the swing of things after not studying Japanese for years and I was able to relearn Hiragana in a couple days with this app and I am picking up Katakana very quickly.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.