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Learn Japanese from your iPhone

Want to learn Japanese on the go? Well there might just be an app for that!

The other day, I was thinking of enrolling for a crash course in Japanese when my friend, Gina, recommended an app which she said was as good as having a personal tutor. On her advice, I downloaded the Japanese Phrases iPhone app and found it to be a handy application that helps users sharpen their listening, pronunciation, reading and speaking skills. It lets you learn conversational Nihongo (the Japanese lingo) wherever you are – at school, at home, while commuting to office or at the gym.

The Japanese Phrases app is more than just a learning resource. It gives users adequate training and practice to pick up a language that is not their own. The app teaches the basics of the language through more than 700 words and phrases that are used in day-to-day conversations.

Japanese Phrases iPhone App Screenshot

It is a practical app that has the right tools to facilitate easy comprehension and retention. As the phrases are voiced by a native speaker, users learn them with the correct pronunciation. And by repeating the phrases continuously, it becomes easy to memorize them. As all the phrases are displayed as flashcards, learning the language is quick and interactive. The grammar lessons are interesting and I was able to grasp the concepts almost instantly although a little effort was needed. There is also an email option that helps users to mail phrases and I used it to get a few clarifications from Sun, my friend who introduced this app to me in the first place.

I like the idea of displaying phrases and words in a random manner as it helps me recall the familiar ones and learn the new ones as well. The study bank helps in saving favourite phrases or ones that you would like to refer to later. The phrases are categorized to make learning easy. Japanese Phrases has also a search tool that helps in looking up phrases both in Japanese and English.

This app helps you learn the language at your own pace. You can quiz yourself to find out about the progress you are making, The app eliminated all the apprehension I had about learning a foreign language. It made me feel confident and helped me build my Japanese vocabulary in no time.

All said and done, this app will attract only a few people as it caters to a very niche audience. The app is available in the Apple iTunes store and can be downloaded for free.

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Looks like its very effective. I want to learn it also (Japanese language) since one of my relative lives on Tokyo, and she’s planning to go home in our country. Too bad I don’t have any iPod, by any chance it is available on Android Market?

Sounds like it could be of use Blake, if you had the right kit :-/

Regarding Android, I am not sure, but I am sure Ron will be able to help you 🙂

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Thanks for the reply, Christopher. It would be really nice if the application could be an instrument to speak in Nihongo fluently. 😀

Hey Blake,

I looked for the app in the android market but did not find it. But there are other apps that might interest you. Make sure to check it out.


Hi Ron,

Thanks for checking it out, I also double checked it but I also didn’t saw the Japanese Phrases app. There are lots of other alternatives, I will it later but I prefer those free applications since I’m broke. 😛

I guess the best part is you can grab it for free. There is no need to spend money and attend language class with the constraint of following certain timetables. This sort of learning I would say save cost and time as well. However, it will be weird if someone just took out the phone and start learning Japanese in public 😉

Interesting stuff Ann 🙂

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This apps assists learning the basics and can’t replace a real-life tutor. You stille need to attend classes or language workshops to master.

I really want this app. Didn’t even know I could get something like this. I’d love to learn another language-especially Japanese. Off I go to download it. Thanks for sharing this,Ron.

Good luck Rochelle, do let us know how you get on!

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Hi Ron, very promising software indeed 😀

I’m not learning Japanese but my little brother loves Japanese very much. He’s studying it himself. I think this little tool can be a huge boost to him. Thanks for the great recommendation!


Let us know if he finds it useful Duy 🙂

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I still doubt that it is possible to learn Japanese using the app. I think you need a teacher and going to some courses as you need some guidance while learning such a difficult language.

Hey Anna,

As I said, the app helps you cover the basics and thats it. A native language tutor, in this case Japenese, will do a far better job than an app and that can’t be undermined at all.

Not only Japanese, take any language be it Spanish, French etc.. IMO learning from a personal tutor wins hands on. But having apps like these helps ease the learning process 🙂

Hey Jarrod,

Its just mind-blowing when you sit back and think what technology offers now and especially how easy its accessible. As far as the future goes, its just unimaginative how technology will be used 20 years from now…

nice application.. I have iphone4 but to be very frank i don’t find much time to explore many applications but I have used this application when I have to make an official proposal and for that I need to include some Japanese words in that proposal, at that time I took the help of this application. Sometimes these apps helps a lot.

Good to know it is a useful app Roberta 🙂

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No doubt if Ron finds one he will mention it!

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Nice application! I used to study Japanese language before using my Nihongo dictionary before. I’ve learned only the simple words like Akachan. I haven’t actually reached the conjugation part so I wasn’t able to master the sentence creation. I’m pretty sure that this will be helpful for me especially that having an app is more convenient compared to a booklet.

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