*** One of the best educational apps of the year - Apple (iTunes Rewind) ***
Learning Japanese can be intimidating, but we make it easy with 8 addictive games designed to build essential reading, writing & conversation skills. When learning involves beating old high scores instead of flipping flashcards, it’s amazing how quickly you’ll start to speak, read and write Japanese.

Perfect for adults and kids, our one-of-a-kind app lets you toggle between three Japanese writing systems: kana, kanji, and romaji. To help with memorization, each lesson contains up to 20 Japanese words & phrases along with matching audio clips from a professional native speaking samurai.

Download today to get the first lesson absolutely free, and for all you aspiring ninja wordsmiths, upgrade to access all 50 lessons and additional side quests for 40+ hours of content. It’s time to become one with your touch screen and master the art of speaking Japanese once and for all.


USA Today
One of the top-three iOS apps that “make the process of learning new words fun.”

App Storm
“Japanese is a rare example of a beautifully polished and well-designed app and receives a hearty 9 out of 10 rating...It’s cheap, it’s colourful and it’s damn good fun.”

App Safari
"This app is not just your average, run-of-the-mill crash course... It includes complex exercises, challenges, and lessons that make the learning process fun and effective."


-- 8 addictive and unique games
-- 800+ Japanese words & phrases to study and master
-- Three ways to practice: Kana, Kanji and Romaji
-- Spoken audio clips provided by a native Japanese speaker to help with pronunciation
-- Hand-illustrated image library to help memorize words and symbols
-- 50 Japanese lessons designed by expert instructors (upgrade required)
-- Personalized learning algorithms to maximize memorization, retention & contextual usage
-- Enhanced review mode lets you replay previously mastered lessons
-- Additional quests & challenges will keep you motivated
-- Thoughtful curriculum that may induce smiles and the occasional “booyah!!!” when achieving new high scores


“I have no Japanese experience, so I was curious what would happen if I gave it a shot. I was immediately hooked and found myself learning the basics without even knowing it.”

“I’ve been studying Japanese for 2 years and this is the first time I’ve come across a program I can’t wait to use everyday.”


At MindSnacks we like to keep it fun, but we’re serious about learning. That’s why our Japanese app includes 8 challenging games designed by education experts. Each game teaches a specific skill and helps create a well-rounded learning experience for both kids and adults that goes well beyond basic flashcards.

Of course studying is only worth it if it works, so our unique algorithm reinforces the learning process using proven methods from the field of memory studies. Over time, the games adapt to your individual performance, selectively repeating Japanese words, phrases and grammatical points with which you’ve previously struggled. In other words, as you learn Japanese, the app learns about you for a more effective learning experience.

Whether you’re traveling to Japan for pleasure or learning Japanese for business, MindSnacks will help with your grammar and vocab so you can become less reliant on a dictionary or translator. Great for beginning and intermediate learners of Japanese, MindSnacks is like a helpful Japanese teacher that goes where you go and teaches on your terms.


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What’s New

Version 3.3.8

Bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
416 Ratings

416 Ratings

raygungirl ,

Great for vocab & learning to read quickly

Update August 2017: Apparently this company just disappeared off the face of the earth. Their twitter account hasn't been updated since 2014 and this app hasn't been updated since 2015. I wasn't able to log in so I don't even know if the app still works. Shame. I paid money for this & the French one & really enjoyed them but I guess they've been abandoned now. They should probably be removed from the store if they don't work anymore.

--- original review below ---

The mini games are really addictive and fun, and it's nice to have a choice of which games you want to play, it gives the lessons a little variety. Animations, sound and music are all top notch. I wish there was more information about the words and phrases, and anything about grammar, really. This app is basically a way to learn vocab and learn how to read kanji, hiragana and katakana - some of the timed games will make you recognize kanji almost faster than you can consciously think about what you're looking at, which is fun. But I don't know how useful this app would be to someone who hasn't also taken Japanese classes, or tried to teach themselves the language before getting this app. You will probably want to study on your own in addition to playing these games, if you really want to learn.

Butterwaffle ,

Flashcards for the 21st century!

This app is a really great way to improve your vocabulary and learn some simple phrases. There are several games and each tests you in different ways. Most are timed so that you are encouraged to develop a feel for the words and instead of just converting everything to English and back again. However, they do not penalize you for being slow, so just be patient as you get up to speed.

The weak areas are that there is a syllabary for hiragana and katakana (the Japanese symbols used to specify pronunciation) but no training to help you learn reading them individually – only as parts of words. There are no writing exercises. The games also focus heavily on individual words and phrases but not on getting you to synthesize sentences of your own. But the exercises that are there are much better than anything I've seen. Even Rosetta, which is excellent and more focused on synthesis, is not nearly as polished or fun!

Otakucraze ,

I love this app, but don’t download

This app was fun with mini games that really helped me learn the language. I knew nothing of the language but found myself learning the words and the hiragana quickly and effortlessly and that is what was really difficult for me in Japanese was the reading and writing.

For the first time ever I purchased the pack for Japanese, I don’t buy apps but because I was enjoying learning the language and was actually learning the characters with the words it was worth it to buy the pack. I ended to ease off the app because I didn’t know when I was going to Japan as my previous plans dropped.

When I had confirmation that I was moving to Japan I picked up the app and started relearning what I had previously. Then I updated my phone about a month before I left for Japan.... the app was and has not been updated. I can’t use the app whatsoever. The other apps I have tried don’t work as well as this one did to help me learn the language and I am destroyed inside. I now have lived in Japan for two weeks and am struggling to read the characters on everything even though I am picking up conversational Japanese fast. Just as I foresaw. I need this app to be updated but as other reviewers have noted they just disappeared, even though I paid for the pack it doesn’t matter. I’m sad to say don’t download this if you have iOS 11, you can’t use this amazing system to learn a language. And for that I am sorry.


57.3 MB

Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 MindSnacks inc
In-App Purchases
  1. 50 Japanese Lessons $4.99
  2. All Language Pass $19.99
  3. All Language Pass Upgrade $17.99


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