5 Great Apps for Beginner Japanese Learners

Japanese learning apps www.bestlivingjapan.comAre you a beginner Japanese learner or know someone who is? Well, here is a list of 5 great apps for beginner Japanese learners curated by BestLivingJapan. When I started learning Japanese over 25 years ago, it was paper and pen, and my Sony Walkman with cassette. Now we all have access to new technologies and apps popping up each day. I have reviewed over 20 beginner Japanese learning apps to pick five great apps for beginner Japanese learners to recommend in this blog post. There are lots of apps, but no one can use more than a few. My advice would be to download the free version of all 5 to see which one(s) meet your learning style, level, and needs. Hope you enjoy my recommendations. If you have any additional apps to recommend, please do in the comments below.  Note: I received no compensation for mentioning these apps.


5 Great Apps for Beginner Japanese Learners


1. Mirai Japanese
Japanese learning apps www.bestlivingjapan.com Japanese learning apps www.bestlivingjapan.comThe Mirai App  is a good tutorial for new Japanese learners who want an interactive tool with practical day-to-day situational Japanese. There is a free download for lessons 1-20 which cover basic pronunciation to asking questions and going places, however, you must subscribe for 1,000 yen per month, 5,000 yen per six months or 8,800 yen per year to move past lesson 20.  The lessons are very easy to follow and after every five lessons there is a quiz. If successful on the quiz you move to the next level.  Also, there is functionality to save the vocabulary from the lessons and create flash cards. There is also a handy katakana and hiragana writing chart to practice your stroke order.  The only negative is the price, but if you consider the cost of books and also lessons it is a good value.


2. Learn Japanese by Mindsnacks
Apps for beginner Japanese learners www.bestlivingjapan.comJapanese learning apps www.bestlivingjapan.comThe Learn Japanese by Mindsnacks App is for the learner who wants a fast pace game that trains you over and over on word reading and hearing to pass the quiz games. I found the speed a bit fast, but for high speed and interactive learners this is a good challenging game app. The free download only has two quick lessons. To gain access to all 50 Japanese lessons the investment is $4.99 USD on iTunes.  There are eight mini-games that cover hiragana, katakana and romaji spellings and some introduction to Kanji. With over 800 words and phrases to master it is a good investment. The graphics are cute, and the quizzes along the way were very motivating to keep plugging through.

3. Tengu Go Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) 
Japanese learning apps www.bestlivingjapan.com If you need/want to learn hiragana and katakana than the Tengu Go Kana is you one stop app. The app has complete coverage of all hiragana and katakana, engaging integrated lessons, charts, quizzes and flashcards. The audio examples, diagrams and animations of each kana make the learning fun. Ongoing quizzes and a tracking system enable you to measure your progress in both hiragana and katakana. The app is free, but you can upgrade by paying few hundred yen along the way.

4.  Human Japanese
Japanese learning apps www.bestlivingjapan.comThe Human Japanese Intro App is very good for people who have studied their hiragana and katakana already and are ready for more reading and vocabulary building. There is a section on hiragana and katakana but not as good as the Tengu Go app mentioned above. The site is not graphically cute and gamey. It has more text to read than other apps but is very well written and engaging. There are only a few lessons in the Lite free version, but you will get an idea of the high caliber of content. Cost of the Intro app for all lesson is $9.90 USD.  This app not only teaches you Japanese, but also has a lot of background info on Japanese culture and history weaved through it. The Human Japanese app is one of the richest apps with over 500 pages of interactive content, animations of every hiragana and katakana character. There are over 1,800 recordings of vocabulary words and phrases are spoken by native speakers and more than 800 example sentences. Intermediate and advanced version are also offered.
5. I-Sokki
Japanese learning apps www.bestlivingjapan.comApps for beginner Japanese learners www.bestlivingjapan.comThe Japanese Vocabulary – Self Learn JLPT Essential Vocab Phrase App  is an excellent app to learn vocabulary if for all the levels of the JLPT test. For 500 yen, you can have access to over 8,000 vocabulary words, with native Japanese real voice pronunciation. The i-Sokii star system and quiz modes also allow you to track your progress and motivate yourself.  I felt this app is the best for vocabulary development and have to admit I am even having fun retesting myself!

5 Great Apps for Beginner Japanese Learners


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