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Learn Japanese by MindSnacks

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*** One of the best educational apps of the year - Apple (iTunes Rewind) ***
Learning Japanese can be intimidating, but we make it easy with 8 addictive games designed to build essential reading, writing & conversation skills. When learning involves beating old high scores instead of flipping flashcards, it’s amazing how quickly you’ll start to speak, read and write Japanese.

Perfect for adults and kids, our one-of-a-kind app lets you toggle between three Japanese writing systems: kana, kanji, and romaji. To help with memorization, each lesson contains up to 20 Japanese words & phrases along with matching audio clips from a professional native speaking samurai.

Download today to get the first lesson absolutely free, and for all you aspiring ninja wordsmiths, upgrade to access all 50 lessons and additional side quests for 40+ hours of content. It’s time to become one with your touch screen and master the art of speaking Japanese once and for all.


USA Today
One of the top-three iOS apps that “make the process of learning new words fun.”

App Storm
“Japanese is a rare example of a beautifully polished and well-designed app and receives a hearty 9 out of 10 rating...It’s cheap, it’s colourful and it’s damn good fun.”

App Safari
"This app is not just your average, run-of-the-mill crash course... It includes complex exercises, challenges, and lessons that make the learning process fun and effective."


-- 8 addictive and unique games
-- 800+ Japanese words & phrases to study and master
-- Three ways to practice: Kana, Kanji and Romaji
-- Spoken audio clips provided by a native Japanese speaker to help with pronunciation
-- Hand-illustrated image library to help memorize words and symbols
-- 50 Japanese lessons designed by expert instructors (upgrade required)
-- Personalized learning algorithms to maximize memorization, retention & contextual usage
-- Enhanced review mode lets you replay previously mastered lessons
-- Additional quests & challenges will keep you motivated
-- Thoughtful curriculum that may induce smiles and the occasional “booyah!!!” when achieving new high scores


“I have no Japanese experience, so I was curious what would happen if I gave it a shot. I was immediately hooked and found myself learning the basics without even knowing it.”

“I’ve been studying Japanese for 2 years and this is the first time I’ve come across a program I can’t wait to use everyday.”


At MindSnacks we like to keep it fun, but we’re serious about learning. That’s why our Japanese app includes 8 challenging games designed by education experts. Each game teaches a specific skill and helps create a well-rounded learning experience for both kids and adults that goes well beyond basic flashcards.

Of course studying is only worth it if it works, so our unique algorithm reinforces the learning process using proven methods from the field of memory studies. Over time, the games adapt to your individual performance, selectively repeating Japanese words, phrases and grammatical points with which you’ve previously struggled. In other words, as you learn Japanese, the app learns about you for a more effective learning experience.

Whether you’re traveling to Japan for pleasure or learning Japanese for business, MindSnacks will help with your grammar and vocab so you can become less reliant on a dictionary or translator. Great for beginning and intermediate learners of Japanese, MindSnacks is like a helpful Japanese teacher that goes where you go and teaches on your terms.


For more information or support, please contact us at Or if you’re feeling social, come on over and like, follow or tweet us.


What's New in Version 3.3.8

Bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

Flashcards for the 21st century!

This app is a really great way to improve your vocabulary and learn some simple phrases. There are several games and each tests you in different ways. Most are timed so that you are encouraged to develop a feel for the words and instead of just converting everything to English and back again. However, they do not penalize you for being slow, so just be patient as you get up to speed.

The weak areas are that there is a syllabary for hiragana and katakana (the Japanese symbols used to specify pronunciation) but no training to help you learn reading them individually – only as parts of words. There are no writing exercises. The games also focus heavily on individual words and phrases but not on getting you to synthesize sentences of your own. But the exercises that are there are much better than anything I've seen. Even Rosetta, which is excellent and more focused on synthesis, is not nearly as polished or fun!

Daisuki<3 ^-^

I love this app! Its layout & display are very clear, easy-to-understand and fun; easy on the eyes. It's youthful combination of sounds and animations are entertaining. One of thee best apps I've come a across. It's ad-free in both the free and paid version. For an affordable fee of $4.99 this app offers many more lessons with the bang for your buck. Overall, I'm definitely satisfied with this app, well-made. Kudos to its creators! 👍🏼

I used to attend Japanese School, and use this app to help me freshen up my memory. I do know for a fact that the last hiragana character in the chart is actually "wo" in Romanized Japanese and is supposed be the 2nd to last character (before"n"). The first "o" is fine, there is only one "o" in Japanese. I've also never heard the term "romaji" I refer to it as, "Romanized Japanese", that's how I was taught in college at least.

This app is the best...but needs some work

This app is an amazingly fun way to learn Japanese and by far my favorite. I would say it is definitely worth the money to get all the lessons. The only thing that stopped me from giving it five stars is that it says that you've "mastered" vocabulary after beating so many games but the formula for learning is off. I've now "mastered " 16 lessons but hardly remember any of them if I had not made flash cards outside of the game. I would also like the developers to make it where I can complete quests from previous lessons. Some quests are just ridiculous to do when you just start a lesson. This app could use some attention and updating but it is still my favorite.

Learn Japanese by MindSnacks
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 3.3.8
  • Size: 57.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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