iKana touch is the fun and easy way to learn Japanese hiragana and katakana! The app features flash cards, a beginners dictionary and quizzes to teach you how to read and write kana and learn Japanese words.
Practice with flash cards which let you easily toggle romaji on and off, see stroke order animations, shuffle them around and practice writing each character on the screen as much as you need to. Each character is voiced by a native Japanese speaker so you can learn how to pronounce them correctly. Select subsets of kana to practice or build up a practice set from any of the flash card decks.
The Speed Recognition Quiz gets you to try and match romaji and kana characters against the clock! Improve your memory and try and beat your best times! This quiz will help speed up your ability to read Japanese over time.
The Stoke Order Quiz gets you to trace the strokes in each character in the correct order to help teach you to write them. This quiz will help improve your kana writing abilities.
The Romaji Replacement Quiz gets you to complete Japanese words by replacing the missing character from a choice of kana. This quiz will help you to read and understand Japanese words.
The Kana Sound Match Quiz plays kana sounds to you which you then need to match to the correct character. This quiz will help with your ability to understand spoken Japanese and transcribe Japanese characters from speech.
The app features a beginners dictionary with hundreds of useful words you can use as a quick reference. Easily search by kana, romaji or English meaning and hear words pronounced.
(The In App Purchases are for customers who downloaded the free version of iKana 2.7 – all kana are unlocked if you bought 2.6 or earlier or 2.8 or later).
- Fixes some minor bugs and an issue that could cause a crash when viewing certain flash cards with romaji turned off.
Ratings and Reviews
Great Learning App
With this app alone I was able to learn to read and write both Hiragana and Katakana in less than two months.
Would like to be able to hide the romaji while doing the stroke order test, and have the option in the speed test to select always show kana and pick romaji, or vice versa, in addition to current mixed mode.
Since almost no one here in Japan uses romanji, iKana helped me learn the kana quickly and allowed me to develop enough skill to jump to Kanji (which almost everyone uses here).
Buy the bundle if you are serious about learning because, they compliment each other well.
I would give this a 5 star and recommend the app to friends, but I can't. The reason is because you can't test the cards in rōmaji. I like to practice writing, so I don't want the answer already given to me. Card should be able to be study both ways
- Rory Prior
- 59.2 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 ThinkMac Software
- In-App Purchases
- All Sets Pack for iKana $2.99
- Hiragana Sets Pack $1.99
- Katakana Sets Pack $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.