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Dr. Moku's Hiragana Mnemonics

By Wukomi

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Learn to read and write Hiragana in one hour! Read the reviews right here. It works.

“I came across Dr. Moku's Hiragana Mnemonics. Thirty minutes later I had memorized all 46 hiragana. - Mark Frauenfelder founder of

Perfect for the complete beginner, young or old, this is the fun and foolproof way to master the first essential step in learning Japanese.


- NEW! We have included words and phrases!

- NEW! Now includes animated Stroke Orders so you can learn how to write Hiragana.

- NEW! Now includes quiz types and options to include Dakuten, Handakuten and Yoon; modified Hiragana.

- Audio clips to help pronunciation.

- 2 different Learning modes: Manual (allows you to learn at your own speed) and Autoplay (Each screen and audio clip play in sequence)

- 3 different Quiz Modes: Easy, Hard and Master.

- Quick Reference allows you to jump instantly to the screens you want to revise.

- Video demo and Introductory guide to learning Japanese, with pictorial examples and everything you need to know about basic and modified Hiragana.

Mnemonics are memory tricks that use humor or a memorable personal connection to help you fix and break associations so your brain has no choice but to remember.

Each screen presents a Hiragana character along with a mnemonic clue and audio clip. Read the clue, listen to the clip and move on to the next one. The alternating bold colors will 'reset' your brain so you start fresh with each symbol, allowing you to learn auto-magically.

Learning Japanese may seem like an impossible task but with Dr. Moku you will be amazed at your ability to learn and recall.

What's New in Version 2.1

- Fixed a glitch in AutoPlay mode


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Customer Reviews

Made me confident about learning Japanese

Let me start off by saying I NEVER take the time to review apps... But this app in particular has helped me immensely, not only in mastering the hiragana, but in gaining the confidence to take on katakana and kanji as my next steps to becoming a Japanese speaker. If you're wondering if the app is worth the $5, trust me - as someone who hates paying for apps - it is! I haven't even had the app for a full day and I feel confident in recognizing each hiragana character. I will continue to use the quiz mode to master my memorization, and I'll definitely be buying the katakana version of the app once I feel 100% confident in hiragana (which won't take long)! I'll be studying abroad in Japan next year and I'm excited to have such an affordable, useful, fun way to help me learn the language.

A very surprising app

The pictures are dumb and they often don't fit the characters. The little sayings don't make a lot of sense and sometimes the sounds of the English words don't match the hiragana sounds. In fact they are mostly so bad that I remembered them easily and ended up learning the first 30 hiragana in about a half hour. I was amazed at how well it worked. I had a deck of paper flash cards that I used before and after this app and I went from knowing 3 or 4 characters to knowing all of them, literally in a half hour. I recommend this app very highly. The more annoyed you are at the goofy pictures the more you will remember them. It works perfectly.


I spent two years stationed in Japan while I was in the military, and I tried flash cards and brute force memorization for countless hours to learn Hiragana. I ended up falling in love with and marrying a Japanese women (how thankfully speaks perfect English). No matter what we tried, I just could not get Hiragana committed to memory. I'm not dumb (I like to think anyways - I have a JD and I'm a practicing attorney - so I read English extremely well.) Using this app, I got Hiragana down cold in 24 hours. It is plain amazing. Almost every Japanese study course has as "step 1" - memorize hiragana. I wish I'd discovered this app years ago - I feel like I can finally get started!

Dr. Moku's Hiragana Mnemonics
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 43.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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