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Want to speak Japanese? Dummies can help!

Whether you’re a student, a traveler, or just want to pick up basic Japanese, the Basic Japanese For Dummies app is for you! Get started learning the essentials with fun flashcards that highlight common words and phrases in English and include their Japanese translation with audio playback. Find pronunciation hints, discover the proper way to address other people, turn to the mini-dictionary for quick and easy word lookup, and so much more. This information-packed app gives you hundreds of useful words and phrases at your fingertips…anywhere you go and anytime you need it.

App Features:

1. Words/Phrases – Learn the most common words and phrases for whatever situation you encounter. From greetings and small talk to the calendar and clock, directions and travel to restaurants and hotels, and beyond, you’ll find the words and phrases you want to learn in one of our 19 useful categories. There’s even a Word/Phrase of the Day feature to help reinforce what you’ve studied and help further build your skills.

2. Dictionary – Includes commonly used words in both Japanese to English and English to Japanese formats.

3. Flashcards – Pick a category, practice what you know, and find out what you don’t with the interactive flashcards feature that includes the most commonly used words and phrases along with their Japanese translation in audio playback.

4. Basics – Jam packed with information on everything from numbers, dates, times, nouns, particles, pronouns, adjectives, and verbs as well as sentence construction and language convention rules, you’ll get the fundamentals you need for a solid foundation in Japanese.

5. Part of Tens – Loaded with more “extras,” these listings feature fun phrases that will help you speak like a native, common Japanese expressions, common mistakes to avoid, and hints for learning the language more quickly.

6. Favorites – With so many features in this app, you’re sure to have favorite words and expressions you’ll come back to again and again. You can easily mark and store those words and phrases you want to review, use more, or just need to know. You can also make updates to your favorites anytime by adding or deleting words and phrases.

7. Share – Impress family and friends by sending words and phrases from the app via e-mail and Facebook.

The Basic Japanese For Dummies app is your on-the-go guide to making learning Japanese easier.

NOTE: All the content and audio files are included in the app. No network connection is needed to view the content. Network connection is only needed for Facebook and email sharing options.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5

18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Perfect for traveling and speaking


I was in Japan for two months--not long enough to bother learning how to read and write. This was the only app that focused on speaking and listening, really useful phrases and small talk for someone just needing the basics to get around! Worth the money!!

I love this app!


Great app. Please fix the "add to favorites". Somehow, when I try to add a word or phrase to my favorites the app freezes. Overall I find this app really useful.👍

Highly Angry


I just bough the app but can not use the audio because it has to be updated. I would not recommend buying this because u
You won't be able to use the audio because the developer hasn't updated the service.


Skava, Inc.
5.4 MB
Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright © 2010 Skava, Inc. Copyright © 2010 Wiley Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.


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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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