Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese now available in the app store! Topics covered include:

- The Japanese Writing System (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji)
- Basic Japanese Grammar (Particles, Gobi, Tense, etc.)
- Essential Japanese Grammar (Polite Forms, Conditionals, etc.)
- Special Expressions (Causative, Amounts, Honorific, etc.)
- Advanced Topics (Formal Expressions, Volitional, etc.)


A Japanese guide to learning Japanese grammar


This guide is an attempt to systematically build up the grammatical structures that make up the Japanese language in a way that makes sense in Japanese. It may not be a practical tool for quickly learning immediately useful Japanese phrases (for example, common phrases for travel). However, it will logically create grammatical building blocks that will result in a solid grammatical foundation. For those of you who have learned Japanese from textbooks, you may see some big differences in how the material is ordered and presented. This is because this guide does not seek to forcibly create artificial ties between English and Japanese by presenting the material in a way that makes sense in English. Instead, examples with translations will show how ideas are expressed in Japanese resulting in simpler explanations that are easier to understand.


Please note that this application does not contain Romaji. You will be required to learn the Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) to be able to fully complete this guide. Don't worry though, it's covered in the "Writing System" section.


What’s New

Version 3.2

You can now take notes for each lesson without leaving the app! We support a full range of markup and styling features for each note. We'd love to hear your feedback. We've also fixed a few small bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
928 Ratings

928 Ratings

John&Bogusia ,

100% awesome teaching style

I like this more than Rosetta Stone. I know that this is a huge statement, but I speak a few languages, and I have considerable experience when it comes to finding the correct technique per each individual language. I speak a few different languages, and this teacher is quite intelligent in the teaching technique. I absolutely love this app. Does Tae Kim have any books published? I would love to buy them all. I like that there is a recommendation made in the description on what supporting apps we should use. I will most definitely utilize those app. Downloading this app will insure my success. Thank you!!!

Azuride ,


Very impressed with this app. Best way to learn Japanese and it's free. I love learning languages but this delightful app has made it extra fun to learn a language. Can't wait to finally finish the guide and proudly say I can (somewhat) speak 5 languages.

There's an issue I encountered though. Some lessons won't let you tap a phrase to check the meaning despite being green and underlined. Essential Grammar: Lesson 8 is an example. Not sure if that was done on purpose for kanji memorization purposes, or if they simply forgot to add that feature into certain lessons.
Running iPhone 6, iOS 10. Just in case that's part of the issue.

Kenshin jade ,

The Most Sensible Way to Learn Japanese!

I've been a casual student of Japanese for a few years, searching for a teaching system that really makes sense. I've tried several textbooks, online courses, Rosetta Stone, and Pimsleur. This is an entirely new way of approaching the language learning process, and it's brilliant! Elements that have never felt right in the definitions they'd been given elsewhere suddenly make perfect sense. The readings and meanings of kanji are actually sticking with me within the first few minutes of encountering them. I truly can't say enough just how absolutely fantastic this learning software is!


Pdex Tech Ltd
31.4 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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