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Real Kana

By Bryn Dyment

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


The app version of Real Kana, the popular website for learning hiragana and katakana — quickly.

• keyboard, slideshow, and swipe modes

• repetition of problem characters

• native pronunciation

• basic scoring

• nine typefaces

• eighteen backgrounds

• horizontal and vertical text

… and a simple, distraction-free interface.

Made in Kyoto, London, and San Francisco.

What's New in Version 2.4.1

Minor bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews


I love this app for learning kana! I'm still having trouble with katakana so I use the app as a refresher. I love that it includes different typefaces so you can get used to reading and recognizing kana even with the nuanced differences of typeface (like handwriting, there's a few typefaces that mimic that). I also really love that it includes audio of the kana; putting a sound to the kana helps them stick in my head more.

Use It All The Time

Although I admit this app is a bit confusing at first, after you learn to use it you will never need another kana study aid. I am getting back into the swing of things after not studying Japanese for years and I was able to relearn Hiragana in a couple days with this app and I am picking up Katakana very quickly.

Perfect study guide- but no sound?

I love this app and the website, thank you for making this great tool! Simple and effective.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 2.4.1
  • Size: 20.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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