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 finallly 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". -

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.

Psst! Our long awaited Kanji app is now available!

What’s New

Version 2.7

Fixed an audio issue and minor UI tweaks.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 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.

Sammy_360 ,

Very good app.

The mnemonics works for me and helps me remember the different characters ina flash. My only suggestion is that on the quiz, I hope they add the feature of reviewing the missed characters at the end of the quiz. Otherwise, the app is very helpful for beginner learners of the Japanese language. Thank you.


Bob Byrne
107.3 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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