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Welcome aboard your rocket ship to the next level of Japanese.

Human Japanese Intermediate is packed with content and features that will take your Japanese language skills to the next level. If you liked the first HJ, you'll love Intermediate. (And if you're new to Human Japanese, welcome aboard! Find a full list of content by chapter at www.humanjapanese.com/intermediate.)

In Human Japanese Intermediate, you'll find:

- More than 40 illuminating chapters
- Over 2600 example sentences and dialogs with crystal-clear recordings of male and female speech
- Kanji animations, tips, illustrations, and more
- Photos and cultural notes to keep you engaged and energized
- Intelligent quizzes that track your history and help you focus on trouble spots
- INGREDIENTS™ example sentence breakdowns for total clarity in every example

Like its predecessor, Human Japanese Intermediate is built on the idea that the best way to learn and truly comprehend Japanese is to have it explained by someone who speaks your language. Core concepts are explained in a friendly, down-to-earth tone, with frequent comparisons to similar aspects of English. With humor and warmth, it demystifies and illuminates the real nuts-and-bolts of the language--not just vocabulary and canned phrases like many other products.

Explanations come alive with deeply interwoven interactive example sentences--more than 2600 in total--so that you can immediately see and hear exactly what you're learning.

Stay on track with an exciting new patent-pending feature called INGREDIENTS™ example sentence breakdowns. Next to every sentence is an icon that provides an instantaneous, simultaneous lookup of every word in the sentence, even conjugated forms! That means you'll never lose your flow in the middle of an interesting discussion just because you've momentarily forgotten the meaning of a word.

Human Japanese Intermediate also gets into kanji in a big way. At the end of most chapters, a new batch of kanji is introduced, with animations of each character, plus example sentences, illustrations, writing tips, and more. Our goal is not to simply throw a bag of characters in your lap, but to carefully explain how everything works.

To this end, Human Japanese Intermediate keeps track of which kanji you've learned at what point in the text and automatically adjusts the "spelling" of words in example sentences as appropriate to your current knowledge. So early on, you might encounter the following sentence:

そのひとの なまえを しらない。

But later, after you've met several of kanji used in these words, the version you would see is:

その人の 名前を 知らない。

This approach removes the most overwhelming aspect of learning kanji--the fact that most sentences contain many characters you don't yet know--and that helps you to stay focused and energized.

Stay sharp with five different kinds of quizzes: chapter reviews, vocab, conjugation, kanji stroke order, and kanji flashcard.

Quizzes keep track of which questions you get right and wrong, to help you concentrate on your trouble spots.

And when you get a question wrong, it's not simply "Try again." Wherever possible, the quiz provides a hint that is specific to that question, to help you remember and learn.

We've packed Human Japanese with hundreds of photos, illustrations, and cultural asides to keep you interested and energized. You'll find tours of hotels, train stations, convenience stores, supermarkets, kissaten (coffee shops), temples, and more.

We care deeply about helping you to grow in your understanding of Japanese. Whether you've worked through the original Human Japanese app or have come from a different background, it will be our pleasure and privilege to be your guide on the next stage of your journey. Hajimemashou!

What’s New

Version 1.2.1

- Added support for iPhone X.
- Miscellaneous under-the-hood improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Rusty-Asian Studies Major ,

No better app exists..seriously

I've owned HJ volume 1 since it was a computer software (and I was 12 years old.) I was on and off with it until my sophomore year of high school, when I finally finished it. I next bought the intermediate app and finished that up my junior year. Now I'm 18 and hope to test out of 1 or 2 Japanese classes in my college, and it's all thanks to these apps that I have the confidence and skills to do so.

Brian and the HJ team have put together the holy grail of modern Japanese learning. Nothing else can even come close to this app, and if there were an app like this for Chinese (or any other language) I'd be having a much easier time in school right now!

Overall, I loved this app because it taught me every point of grammar necessary to carry on natural conversations while at the same time keeping me 100% interested and engaged with the beautiful and colorful cultural lessons and photography.

If I had one suggestion to every aspiring Japanese learner, it would be to not move on until you ace every quiz 100%. Trust me, you'll retain everything better.

My only regret is that I wish I would've written a review sooner! I re-purchased the app on my phone just now because i had the iPad version. Well worth buying again, no complaints.

Thank you Human Japanese, for introducing me to my passion for language learning! The plans for my future would not have been the same without this program.

lineetta ,

No textbook this good would cost just $10

...and it's interactive, too!

I took Japanese in high school, and this app / textbook explains concepts more thoroughly and clearly than any of my teachers did. The interactive quizzes and sound clips are great features as well.

My only complaint is that while this app is available on multiple platforms (and at a price that makes buying it more than once palatable), there's no way to log in and access the same user content from different devices. Relatedly, it would be nice if a user could make an in-app purchase to access the full version from the free version, rather than starting over. None of this is a huge deal, since you can unlock chapters and skip around manually, but this is the only real technological flaw in what is otherwise a very well-programmed product. I'm still giving it 5 stars; that's how good the content is!

Alanis18 ,

Absolutely worth the money

I started with the beginner Human Japanese app, and it really kickstarted my Japanese learning and practice. So of course, when I finished that I got the intermediate app. The intermediate version has more grammar concepts, but the explanations are easy to understand. I also enjoyed the 5-kanji a lesson approach because it doesn’t overload you with memorization, but still gives you a great foundation for basic kanji. My only complaint is that there isn’t a Human Japanese upper intermediate/ advanced! I also purchased Satori reader, and it has greatly exposed me to more Japanese practice and vocabulary. I HIGHLY suggest this app to anyone who seriously wants to start learning Japanese.


Brak Software, Inc.
177.2 MB

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



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2014 Brak Software, Inc.


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