Learn Japanese for free in English with the kawaiiNihongo! kawaiiNihongo helps you to learn Japanese faster and read and write Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji with cute flashcards, learning games, and mnemonics learning techniques.

kawaiiNihongo is perfect for beginners who want to learn to read and write Japanese. Try kawaiiNihongo and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can learn Japanese Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji!

kawaiiNihongo learn Japanese app offers the following features:

◆ Learn
▸ Learn to read Japanese by covering all Hiragana and Katakana.
▸ Expand your Japanese grammar with JLPT N5 grammar.
▸ Learn Japanese vocabulary with JLPT N5 Kanji.
▸ Explore over 180 learning cards with unique pictures.
▸ Take lessons for listening comprehension and writing and drawing Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.
▸ All lessons are voiced from Japanese native speakers.

◆ Play
▸ Make learning Japanese fun and engaging with interactive learning games.
▸ "Kana-Memory" and "Nihongo Dash" will help you to memorize and recognize Hiragana and Katakana.
▸ We are constantly expanding our selection of games!
▸ Best of all, learning games are always free!

◆ Story
▸ Embark on a story as you begin to learn Japanese. Join characters Riko, Yuji and Aoi as they guide you through kawaiiNihongo.

◆ Customize
▸ Customize your flash cards with different layouts designed by various artist, and fit them to your learning preferences.

※ An internet connection is required to register and download the learning cards from our servers on your first start of kawaiiNihongo. After that, you can use kawaiiNihongo without further internet access. Some features may be unavailable when not connected to the internet.

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While all learning content in kawaiiNihongo is free, we do offer KN Gakusei which removes ads and provides other helpful features. If you choose to purchase KN Gakusei, payment will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial-preiod, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, when applicable. If you don't choose to purchase KN Gakusei, you can simply continue using kawaiiNihongo for free. Current KN Gakusei subscription price starts at 9.99€/month and can be slight different, depending of the currency of your store.

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What’s New

Version 3.2.4

Riko studied hard for you to bring new lessons to kawaiiNihongo!

- New lessons: More lessons added
- New feature: Organize saved lessons to minimize space used on your device
- Invite friends to get free "KN Gakusei" premium time
- Disable furigana over kanji
- Kana can now be learned in "Individual Lessons"

- Small improvements & fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
176 Ratings

176 Ratings

Zeladry ,

What I have been waiting for!

This is the type of immersive Japanese learning game I have been waiting for! You can tell this game is still very new and has a ways to go, but all the thought is there. Although the primary part of the game is flash cards, by making cool cuts scenes and a neat video arcade filled with other games, you quickly forget that it’s just a learning app. I look forward to seeing where they take this, I hope as the story progresses they find ways to teach about Japanese culture and give neat insight. Also I am not sure since they make you choose between a boy and a girl teacher if there is some form of dating sim aspect to this... I haven’t gotten very far but I enjoy what I have done!

JigokuShoujoXIV ,

Best Japanese learning app

There are surprisingly very few good apps to teach the Japanese language. This is the best for beginners out of lots of trial and error on the App Store. I love the immersive environment, music, art, games, and teaching methods. Many Japanese apps have lackluster graphics, and quiz you on advanced material way too soon (often times not even teaching the Kana alphabet yet). This Kawaii game introduces the letters slowly, each on beautifully designed cards in an RPG game-like environment. There’s also some interesting mini stories and character development going on here, which is pleasantly surprising. I am able to much better memorize the lessons this way. Plus there’s no timer, which I love. I look forward to the makers expanding this app. It’s already amazing, but I’d love to see more advanced material down the road so I can keep playing. I’m surprised this doesn’t have more users! For less than $10 you can unlock everything. There’s no subscription model that costs an arm and a leg in the long term, like most language apps do these days. I like the concept of being able to buy the VERY affordable expansion packs in the game (as I said...I unlocked all alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar expansion cards for less than $10!). This is in-app purchasing done right for once!

II SaltyistOW II ,

Love It!

This app is amazing! I’ve only used this app for about a week or two now and this app makes me want to learn Japanese and take more lessons on it. The mini games are awesome and makes Japanese learners some fun while learning. I am from South Korea and I only know two languages. I only know Korean and English but I am going to get to know three now that I found out about this app. I hope you add more mini games and updates to the game to make Japanese learning more fun. My favorite mini game is probably the memory game. I love this app and will keep using it every day. That is my review on this application. I hope more people purchase it. I hope you make more games on Japanese learning so people can learn more.

- II SaltyistOW II


Jan Dittmer
235.5 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, German, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. "KN Gakusei" Subscription $0.99
  2. "KN Gakusei" Subscription $4.49
  3. "KN Gakusei" Subscription $9.49


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