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Hiragana and Katakana - Complete Basics of Japanese


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This app is ad-supported and completely FREE! You can remove the ads through an in-app purchase, but we have tried to make them as unobtrusive as possible. Thank you!

Quickly master both Hiragana AND Katakana in one app. Purchase once and learn on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad for no extra charge.

Ever wanted to learn Japanese but didn't know where to begin? Learning hiragana first is often suggested by Japanese teachers and many textbooks (Genki, Japanese for Busy People Kana version, etc) virtually require it. This app will help you master both syllabaries* quickly and painlessly.

This app has over 250 sound files featuring all the main hiragana and katakana characters (we will be adding all of the combination characters soon as a free update!) and about 150 example words using characters learned.

- Universal app: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
- Learn using Study cards with all information on a single card or with Flashcards to flip to see answers
- Quiz yourself after studying each section and review any missed answers
- Search all hiragana, katakana, and example words
- Random function: tap if you are feeling lucky -- great for reviewing all hiragana and katakana
- Lessons -- an additional way to study all hiragana and katakana
- (on iPad) view random hiragana on the front page

If you are sure you want to learn Japanese, you may want to grab our "Japanese Phrases & Lessons" app instead (or you can click on our "" link at the top to see all our apps). This includes most (but not all) of what is here for hiragana and katakana AND also includes kanji and grammar lessons plus almost 3,000 sound files of common words and phrases.

If you have ANY questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us.

* Although often called "alphabets," Hiragana and Katakana are more properly called "syllabaries" since each character more or less represents a syllable.

What's New in Version 1.5

updated for iOS 8


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Customer Reviews

Very great app and resource!

Very intuitive interface and simple to understand. This app also comes with example vocabulary which is a plus! I like this app so much I went to their website and purchased some of their study materials. If you are looking for a way to practice your kana or review your kana while learning new words, this app is a must have. It is also free! Their website also has an abundance of Japanese study resources useful for any type of learner!

Great App

It is a wonderful app that teaches both, hiragana and katakana as well as a broad vocabulary base. I personally like that I have an options to see or hide romaji and listen to or mute pronunciation and I do not just study but can also quiz myself. The quizzes can be comprehensive or pertaining only to the new material. My Japanese teacher, who is a native speaker, is rather impressed with it myself. It is very logically and far better organized than majority of other apps.

Great help

I never thought id find an app good enough that would help me understand and learn Japanese I tried many other apps but none of them were good enough until I found this one and I understand it a lot more clearly now. Also I am able to remember things better this app is amazingly helpful Id recommend it to anyone

Hiragana and Katakana - Complete Basics of Japanese
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 47.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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