iOS apps to learn Japanese with – a testing project


iOSappsLearningJapaneseMaking the post about my favourite iOS apps made me realize that my set of apps are a bit out of date. It has probably been a couple of years since I got new apps for my iPhone. This seemed like a good excuse for a testing project, testing my way through most(?) of the apps in the app store.

It is quite clear that there are a lot of of iOS apps that teaches different aspects of Japanese so my plan is as follows:

Testing order:

  1. iOS apps for learning kana (hiragana/katakana)
  2. iOS apps for learning Kanji
  3. iOS apps for learning Japanese vocabulary
  4. iOS apps that is aimed at training for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
  5. iOS Japanese learning apps that are designed as games
  6. any other categories of iOS apps for learning japanese. This can be apps to test your current skills, apps that focus on grammar or text books, etc.

I’m looking to test some apps every week. For kana apps I will mainly look att free apps since the scope of the apps are limited. For the other categories I will probably try some payed apps too.

Learn Japanese online with lots of audio lessons:

The site covers your entire learning career from a few Survival Phases and Newbie introductions through Beginner, Lower Intermediate to Intermediate levels.

This site has tons of listening materials available as podcasts. You also find the material in itunes. – Learn Japanese with Free Daily Podcasts

Most of the time I’ve used the free material and with irregular intervals I’ve taken out a basic subscription to get hold of the archives. Since I’ve used the site mainly to get listening material to complement my weekly lessons their premium subscription have felt a bit expensive. But this year my Japanese teacher has gone on a teaching hiatus so I currently have a premium subscription to janapesepod101 so that I get access to all the material on the site.

When you first register on the site you get a free account and 1 week access to most of the premium content so choose wisely when you register so you have enough spare time to make good use of that week.

Learn Japanese with

They have regular promotion offers that gives you 20-30% off the subscriptions. I’ve used those for the times when I’ve had premium subscriptions. They are quite pushy with promotions about subscriptions but you can unsubscribe from the mails.

You can check out their podcasts in iTunes too:

Just the audio podcasts is found here: Learn Japanese | (Audio)

If you like to get the video podcasts too then use this: Learn Japanese |

Minna no Nihongo

minnanonihongoThis is the main book I’ve been using for my studies. Since I’ve studied with a teacher I only acquired the Translation&Grammar book and then during lessons we listened to CDs, got texts to read and exercises to do.

I like Minna no Nihongo because the stuff I’ve learned feels useful. It feels like situations and conversations that I might end up in. The subjects are more from a work place perspective than the school perspective that you find in some other books.

Minna no Nihongo is a series of books from beginner level to lower intermediate level. Each level is divided into several different types of books. There are

Main Textbooks – These are only in Japanese and needs to be complemented with the Translation & Grammatical Notes in the language of your choice.

Translation & Grammatical Notes in ENGLISH

  • Beginner level  (more information at the publisher’s site):
    • Minna no Nihongo I Honyaku・Bunpo Kaisetsu in English (also available in French, German, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese)
    • Minna no Nihongo II Honyaku・Bunpo Kaisetsu in English (also available in French, German, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese)
  • Lower Intermediate level  (more information at the publisher’s site):
    • Minna no Nihongo Chukyu I Honyaku (available in English, Chinese, German, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese)