Learning Japanese 4+

Tae Kim's Guide

Pdex Tech Ltd

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 2.1K Ratings
    • Free



Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese now available in the app store! Topics covered include:

- The Japanese Writing System (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji)
- Basic Japanese Grammar (Particles, Gobi, Tense, etc.)
- Essential Japanese Grammar (Polite Forms, Conditionals, etc.)
- Special Expressions (Causative, Amounts, Honorific, etc.)
- Advanced Topics (Formal Expressions, Volitional, etc.)


A Japanese guide to learning Japanese grammar


This guide is an attempt to systematically build up the grammatical structures that make up the Japanese language in a way that makes sense in Japanese. It may not be a practical tool for quickly learning immediately useful Japanese phrases (for example, common phrases for travel). However, it will logically create grammatical building blocks that will result in a solid grammatical foundation. For those of you who have learned Japanese from textbooks, you may see some big differences in how the material is ordered and presented. This is because this guide does not seek to forcibly create artificial ties between English and Japanese by presenting the material in a way that makes sense in English. Instead, examples with translations will show how ideas are expressed in Japanese resulting in simpler explanations that are easier to understand.


Please note that this application does not contain Romaji. You will be required to learn the Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) to be able to fully complete this guide. Don't worry though, it's covered in the "Writing System" section.


What’s New

Version 3.2

You can now take notes for each lesson without leaving the app! We support a full range of markup and styling features for each note. We'd love to hear your feedback. We've also fixed a few small bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

Nazi zombie fan ,


I downloaded this app years ago when I was trying to learn how to read and write and speak Japanese. I of course got wrapped up in my education and did not continue to learn through this app. I was soooo happy to see that once I found the app again years later that it is still available but his methods of understanding and writing things and everything else that goes with it, is absolutely the best method I have come across. I recall that he even had a website which I don’t know if he still does but when I started with this app I practiced and read through all his material and I was surprised how I was able to pick up on reading some of the Japanese writing when I watched anime and knew how it was to be pronounced, and it was all in a decent amount of time. If you practice and dedicate the time everyday, even just a bit with his method, you will be surprised how everything begins to make sense almost naturally. THANK YOU TAE KIM for continuing to update and have this app available. Please continue to do so because this is by far the best method to understanding it all vs just knowing a few words and phrases like other apps or programs out there do. 5 MILLION ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️stars for you Tae Kim and for this app! 👍👍👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

John&Bogusia ,

100% awesome teaching style

I like this more than Rosetta Stone. I know that this is a huge statement, but I speak a few languages, and I have considerable experience when it comes to finding the correct technique per each individual language. I speak a few different languages, and this teacher is quite intelligent in the teaching technique. I absolutely love this app. Does Tae Kim have any books published? I would love to buy them all. I like that there is a recommendation made in the description on what supporting apps we should use. I will most definitely utilize those app. Downloading this app will insure my success. Thank you!!!

Azuride ,


Very impressed with this app. Best way to learn Japanese and it's free. I love learning languages but this delightful app has made it extra fun to learn a language. Can't wait to finally finish the guide and proudly say I can (somewhat) speak 5 languages.

There's an issue I encountered though. Some lessons won't let you tap a phrase to check the meaning despite being green and underlined. Essential Grammar: Lesson 8 is an example. Not sure if that was done on purpose for kanji memorization purposes, or if they simply forgot to add that feature into certain lessons.
Running iPhone 6, iOS 10. Just in case that's part of the issue.

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