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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 1.4

* Includes most Retina graphics for iPad 3 (we'll finish it soon)
* A fix for ads that show only black boxes
* fixes for the spaced repetition to make it more accurate

Please email or call if you have ANY questions or suggestions for improvement (contact email and toll-free phone number on the information screen in the app)


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Customer Reviews

Very pleased!

This app is excellent for learning to read, write and speak Japanese starting with the different alphabets. I have been using this to supplement my learning, and it has been a wonderful tool to help me to quickly learn the alphabets. I am also using Rosetta Stone, but found it difficult to associate the written words with the pictures using that program (unless in romanji). This app has made learning the alphabets and words unbelievably easy, and helped me over the block that I was facing... Additionally, the support/(author?) of this app is extremely helpful and quick to respond. I had a technical question (which turned out to be my own user error). I shot an email over--the response was quick, friendly, and my problem was solved by the next morning! I highly recommend this app!


I love this app! I became fluent in hiragana in only four days and katakana in six! It keeps things simple, has quizzes to test you at your own pace, and provides exposure to proper pronunciation which is vital when learning a new language. The only thing I can possibly criticize is that the screen is small, and cannot be expanded. This is only a problem during reviews, though. A flash card is displayed and you have to select the proper translation. The answer buttons are so tiny and close together that I often push the wrong button by mistake, even if I use only the very tip of my pinky to select. I hope a later version will have larger buttons to solve this issue. It's a minor nit, so all in all, this is a wonderful app, ideal for a serious student to work at his or her own pace.


This is by far the best app for hiragana / katakana studying I've seen yet. It doesn't teach you to speak Japanese, but if you are looking to leaning the syllabaries, it is definitely worth it! There are many, many ways to help study, quiz, and learn the katakana and hiragana syllabaries. I've never been able to learn hiragana so quickly! Plus, it helps you retain it very easily with clever little tricks to connect each character with pictures, etc. Once you learn several hiragana, it starts to teach you small, simple words that you can use with them. It Also pronounces each word clearly, making it easy to remember. would definitely recommend this app as a secondary learning guide to anyone wanting to speak Japanese, and wanted a bit more practice on their hiragana and katakana. And hey — it's free!

Hiragana and Katakana - Complete Basics of Japanese
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.4
  • Size: 20.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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