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Build your Japanese vocabulary with the guidance of a Japanese Sensei.

NOTE: This application is fully localized for English, Korean and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional). Switch to the appropriate iTunes store to view the product description in the respective language.

Japanese Sensei is a vocabulary building application for learners of Japanese. Through structured, graded lessons and fun but challenging quizzes, learners of all levels can quickly expand their Japanese vocabulary.

This free version includes 10 complete lessons of the most frequent Japanese words to Study. Additional content can be purchased to continue your studies.

Building one's vocabulary is one of the most important and time-consuming aspects of language learning. This is why Japanese Sensei has been structured into small, bite-sized lessons so you can make quick, recognizable progress without feeling overwhelmed. Your progress will be tracked for you as you make your way through the lessons of the application, and will remember where you are in your studies, testing you only on the words you have learned, and even prioritizing words based on how well you have done on them previously.

The application features a special Review section with seven different quizzes and games to further test yourself and reinforce the words you have learned. Not only can you test yourself on vocabulary, but you can also try your hand at sentence building as well as learning how to use Japanese particles.

This application has not been developed using free dictionary data available on the web, but rather has been built using quality dictionary data produced by Jack Halpern's CJK Dictionary Institute. Halpern is the editor-in-chief of several kanji dictionaries for learners, which have become standard reference works.

Japanese Sensei comes loaded with nearly 10,000 of the most frequently used Japanese words as selected by a committee of experts on Japanese language education. What's more, each word is accompanied by example sentences, and audio for all the words and example sentences recorded by native Japanese speakers. By concentrating on the most frequent, important words, Japanese Sensei allows you to focus on exactly the vocabulary you need to learn to start speaking and reading Japanese fast.


* short, 10-word lessons

* 7 different quizzes to test and reinforce learned vocabulary

* audio recorded by native Japanese speakers for all words and example sentences

* romanized Japanese to aid beginning students not yet comfortable with kana

* furigana displayed for all Japanese words and example sentences

* searchable index to all vocabulary terms and example sentences contained in the app

* lessons and units divided into beginning and advanced levels

What’s New

Version 2.3.0

Please notice that this update requires you have iOS 5 installed on your device For any devices that is not able to upgrade to iOS 5, please don't install this update. We apologize the inconvenience.

Portuguese support!
For Portuguese users, now all Japanese words are translated to Portuguese

Ratings and Reviews

Lynddion ,

Crash crash crash crash crash

Good app. Unusable because of the crashes. Upgraded to Deluxe version and same is happening. Lazy and poor programming. Avoid.

Pengu8 ,

Paid version

I'm looking for an app that allows you to write (type) the answers in kanji or kana. Currently can't find one on the market so be great if this could be added.

Also as Kanji is included for some words, it'll be great if you can practice the on/kun reading for it and then a test to write(type) all the different readings as well as a test to show under what context each reading can/should be used.

App Buyer9 ,

Huge filesize for a demo and very textual initially.

Massive download for a demo. It's the same size as the full version!
Starts off with a labourious amount of text instruction - it needs to start a bit brighter with more interactivity.
American focused lnguage: when will Americans realise they are not the sole inhabitants of the world?
Positives are it seems well written but the above has already lost some of my good-will reserves, as usability experts have termed it.


Cole Zhu Inc.
240.7 MB
Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 Cole Zhu Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Beginner Level Module £5.99
  2. Deluxe Level Module £15.99
  3. Advanced Level Module £9.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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