iKnow‪!‬ 4+

Learn Japanese and Chinese


    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Enjoy the iKnow! experience on your mac!

All your iKnow! study progress is automatically synched across devices, so you can study in the way that best matches your needs and lifestyle.

“Japanese, Chinese, and English”

Official courses are offered for studying Japanese, Chinese, and SAT English. The Japanese courses cover the 6,000 most commonly used words in Japanese. The Chinese courses cover the 2,000 most commonly used words in spoken Chinese and over 1,200 words commonly used in newspapers and magazines. (All Chinese courses are available in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese.) All words have sample sentences and audio.

“The iKnow! Learning Engine”

iKnow! presents items in a spaced rehearsal pattern optimized for efficient learning. iKnow! adapts to differences in learning speeds and item difficulty, constantly measuring memory and predicting performance across all of your items. iKnow! does this by tracking your performance and then predicting your optimal review time on an item-by-item basis.

All you have to do is push the study button, and iKnow! tells you what to learn.


- Five study modes: iKnow!, Rapid Choice, Self Check, Sentence Trainer, and Listening.
- iKnow!: Master words and phrases with our patented learning algorithms.
- Rapid Choice: Fast-paced quizzing and review.
- Self Check: Judge yourself on what you know and how well.
- Sentence Trainer: Master sentence patterns by listening and then dictating.
- Listening: Listen to content on the go. You can slow down and loop any audio.
- Study progress synched across supported devices.

What’s New

Version 5.4.2

* New way to see your progress and vocabulary strength! Access "Progress" from the menu to see a grid of all the items you have studied until now, color-coded by their progress and separated by language.

* Easier to restore removed items: See a grid of all the items you have removed, and easily add any of them back if desired. Perfect for when you removed an item by mistake and don't know where to find it!

* More speed options for automatic content reading, including slow playback!

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Rabiah-Anderson ,

After 7 years…

I’ve been using this app daily for almost 7 years, and I’ve never before felt prompted to write a review, despite always loving the app. Thank you SO MUCH for dark mode!! You have made my user experience so much better. I really love this app, it has been such a great vocabulary builder for me for Japanese, and I’d definitely recommend it to others.

If there was one thing that concerned me it would be pitch accents though. I’m trying to learn Japanese, and because I don’t know them myself, I can’t really tell if the pitch accents are correct, or there at all. I repeat the sentences to learn them, but if the pitch accents are not correct it means I’ve learned them all incorrectly.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for studying on iKnow! and your great review! We will keep your feedback about learning Japanese pitch accents in mind as we continue to improve our service.

LaCaren ,

Worth the cost

I’m one of those procrastinators who studies for a few months and then stops for...more. During my non-procrastination time, iKnow has always given me the best learning rate of any tool. Everything has sentences, with full audio, Japanese text is always bigger than English text. Premade courses, a mode to study all your courses together, and my favorite thing: a sentence listening mode.

Great for people like me who can listen along while working or working out. Passive learning when you are doing something else is better than no learning. It’s too bad the PC version doesn’t have it.

The subscription cost keeps me longer before I fall back into bad habits (no app can fix my laziness but this one holds me the longest). It’s just easier to be motivated longer when you have to pay and get your money’s worth !

It’s in big thanks to this app that I can play video games in Japanese.

Things I would love to see in the future: for each course to have a “story”, or multiple, that utilizes most of the vocabulary that was in said course. Sentences are great, but having short stories to test my understanding with would be even more awesome.

And for the PC version to someday get the sentence listening mode.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your great review!! We are so glad to hear that "no app can fix my laziness but iKnow! holds you the longest". Thank you for your valuable feedback about the content and listening mode. We will take your suggestion into consideration as we plan our future developments to improve the overall usability of our service.

Stephenos713 ,

Absolutely Amazing!!!

I have been studying Japanese for several years now but still knew I had a lot to learn. As a self-taught Japanese speaker, it can be quite discouraging when the tools are not able to meet you where you are at. However, iKnow! Has done a wonderful job combining an SRS with not only vocabulary, but also grammar. While grammar rules are not explicitly explained, one can't avoid picking up the grammar rules through the example sentences and the many venues of study. Finally able to focus my studies through a streamlined application that is beautiful on mobile as well as on the browser. Very user friendly and definitely worth the reasonable membership cost.

App Privacy

The developer, DMM.com LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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