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

4.6 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

JoBoRawr ,

The best Japanese-teaching app ever!

I stumbled across this guide to learning Japanese online a while ago and absolutely fell in love it it! I've been self-teaching myself Japanese ever since finishing college (and thus the Japanese enrichment course I took there) and until this guide my progress was slow and unstable. It's really difficult to find material that's reliable, informative and easy to follow.

This guide, however teaches you the Japanese language from the ground up. It is a challenge (as is learning any new language properly) but it's been arranged in an easy step-by-step way that's easy to follow and progress is fast. It's free, and the app allows you to access the full and complete guide unlike other 'free' apps that make you pay for the full version.

It doesn't just throw a load of Japanese words and sentences at you like a dictionary, instead it teaches you the rules for words depending on their nature, sentence structure, particles etc. So that when you DO know lots of Japanese words you can string them together to have a fluent conversation that lasts longer than a few basic sentences.

To sum up, I'd recommend this app to anyone who genuinely wants to learn Japanese to a fairly advanced level and is willing to put in the due patience and effort to do so. It's the best Japanese-teaching app I've ever known and is even perfectly suitable for absolute beginners!

Vinnylez ,

Perfection at work

This app is brilliant. I can't believe it's free. Every night I do one lesson a genuinely learn something completely new. You need the commitment to really want to learn Japanese all round, rather than a quick fix for travelling to the county. For me that's exactly what I need but other people may prefer some simple phrases. It's a great accompaniment to the Rosetta Stone program. In fact I would say it's important to study this app before trying Rosetta Stone.

All in all I would just like to congratulate the makers of this app on a truly fine piece of work. An educational masterpiece.

Rikamuru ,

Great Free App

I'm new to the Challenge of learning
日本語. I've been very pleased with this app, it has a lot of info for anyone new to the language. It is set out well with plenty of info to get you well in your way. As I'm a new student to Japanese this is more of a Thank you than a complete review. So Thanks and look forward to any new apps in future.


Pdex Tech Ltd
31.4 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Tae Kim, Sam Clewlow, Ronald Timoshenko


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