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Dr. Moku's Katakana Mnemonics

By Wukomi

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Learn to read and write Japanese Katakana in one hour!

By using mnemonics visual aids you can learn Katakana effortlessly.

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

“I came across Dr. Moku's Katakana Hiragana. Thirty minutes later I had memorized all 46 Hiragana. - Mark Frauenfelder founder of talking about the companion Hiragana app.


- NEW! We have included words and phrases!

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

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

- 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 Katakana.

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 Katakana 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 1.7

- Fixed a glitch in AutoPlay mode


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Customer Reviews

Pretty effective!

I wa a little bit worried how I would keep the katakana straight in my head since a lot are very similar. I found the stories Dr. Moku used for the similar characters actually worked. I did a once over on all the katakana then did a quiz just to see how much I remembered. I scored 9/10 first time around. I am really enjoying these apps as they are helping me learn pretty quickly. I recommend them to anyone learning Japanese as this stuff will help you build a strong foundation. I like how it also shows you the stroke order. I just wish there was an option on here to practice writing them too. Also, the apps include additional vocabulary which I like to listen to.


About two years ago, I tried to learn Japanese on a site that used the philosophy of "working hard". I gave up after about a week, fifteen characters in.
This app doesn't use the same idea of brute memorization. This app lets you work smarter, not harder. I had all 46 characters down within a few days, a little while flipping through the app each day. The mnemonics are brilliant and stick with you.
This app, along with it's hiragana counterpart, are the best on the store for the characters. For the words? Not so much. I recommend another app for them; however, this app is what got me rolling. I back Dr. Moku 100%; keep it up, dude. Can't wait for the kanji app!

Room for improvement in print choice.

The font is unacceptable for ku. There is no distinction between handwritten and stylized print. Not an ideal tool for this student.

-The experience of getting this app has definitely taught me to be more skeptical of apps in general, especially flashy ones like this one. Get a book before you find yourself embarrassed in class. Glad I knew my katakana before I go the app.

It won't help me remember そ,さ,し,ん,ね,の (if you know the katakana already, then you know how confusing they can be) because the katakana versions of け and くwere so sad and upsetting.

すみません, but the kana are too much like poetry and art to just leave them to that moku-hito with the beaker. Good luck to anyone who even half heartedly aspires to provide the world with a slightly better app for about the same price. I wouldn't buy it though. Got burned on this one already. Can't believe I wasted time on a review but good luck to anyone who heeds the warning. Getting a five dollar fine from your local library is a better deal than this app.

Dr. Moku's Katakana Mnemonics
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 30.8 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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