Dr. Moku's Hiragana Mnemonics 4+

Learn FAST with memory tricks‪!‬

Byrne Bob

Designed for iPad

    • 4.1 • 41 Ratings
    • $4.99



Learn to read and write all Hiragana today by using memory tricks.

Learn to read and write Japanese Hiragana in less than one hour! Read the reviews right here. It works.

● Complete system for learning Hiragana fast.
● Reading and Listening Quiz modes.
● NEW! Dr. Moku now talks you through each learning screen.
● Write with your finger on screen then check it against the correct animation.
● Reading Practice! Much requested and finally here.
● Audio reference chart for Dakuten, Handakuten and Yoon.
● Offline Audio Phrasebook!
● Video demo with recap quiz.

"After a half hour, I was blazing through each exercise: highly recommended for beginners". - The Huffington Post

“I came across Dr. Moku's Hiragana Mnemonics....Thirty minutes later I had memorized all hiragana". - BoingBoing.net

Mnemonics are memory tricks that use humor or a memorable personal connection to help you fix and break associations so your brain has no choice but to remember.

Perfect for the complete beginner, young or old, this is the foolproof and definite way to master the first steps in learning Japanese.

Each screen presents a Hiragana character along with a mnemonic clue and audio clip. Read the clue, listen to the clip and move on to the next one. The alternating bold colors will 'reset' your brain so you start fresh with each character. Then take a quiz! You will be amazed at your ability to recall Hiragana after just a few minutes.

What’s New

Version 3.1

-Added Modified Mnemonics! Dakuten, handakuten, yoon, etc
-Added link to Dr. Moku's physical flash cards

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Rioioio ,

Overall a really good app

I once learned Hiragana on my own through some book I had and memorizing the chart. Without use the memory faded and even so some hiragana was still a struggle to keep.

Point is—in like 10 minutes max this had me reading hiragana better than I ever did before thanks to the mnemonics. I finally feel like I have a good foothold of a start to learning Japanese.

However there are some weak connections for some of them. It may differ for other people, I also unfortunately don’t have suggestions for an alternative (though I am going to try so I can get last few to cement down). The ones I found are weak are: ka, ke, se, so, mi, and ri.

This app is certainly worth the price though, I really appreciate getting most of them super quick. The quizzes are really nice.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much! Yes, when you struggle with a certain group of characters, sometimes it is best to practice with quizzes and create your own mnemonic ideas (then email me them!)

meweleretito ,

Perfect for the visual learner

I am a visual learner attempting to teach myself Japanese. Early on in my studies, I discovered that mastering hiragana is the foundation to learning Japanese. Being a visual learner, I constantly use mnemonics to help jog my memory. But with hiragana, I found it difficult to come up with mnemonics on my own, and I kept confusing similar-looking hiragana altogether. Most hiragana characters are unique in the sense that it’s hard to associate them with anything tangible. I was getting frustrated and my progress was stumped because of this. I then discovered Dr. Moku’s Hiragana app. This app is brilliant because it uses quirky animations to teach you the sound that each hiragana is associate with. It saves you the work of coming up with the mnemonic (which is where I was struggling), and teaches you in a way that absolutely works. Don’t get me wrong, it will still be a lot of work on your part - but this app cuts the effort considerably. I highly recommend the paid version of this app for anyone who is serious about learning Japanese.

BGalarze ,


I was trying to find a really good app to learn Japanese but I couldn’t find it. Until now. Dr. Moku’s Hiragana has been so helpful that it made me wanna pay for the full version after the DEMO.

I also love the colorful atmosphere and the bright colors, it’s really helpful especially trying to remember it at the same time as something else. For example, if someone had a test to study for, you will still remember it.

The mnemonics use humor and relatable content to help you never forget. Mnemonics relate something else so you could remember the material.

Finally, I downloaded the other Katakana and Kanji apps because it was that good. Try the DEMO version before the full so you get a seek peek for yourself.

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