10 best Japanese learning apps for Android

10 best Japanese learning apps for Android

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Japanese is a difficult language. However, it is gaining popularity among non-native speakers due to the media, cartoons, and a general increase in interest in the culture. The relatively recent wave of Japanese learners means that most traditional ways do not yet have apps for learning Japanese. However, there are some great ones to start with. Here are the best Japanese learning apps for Android! Of course, Duolingo is our first choice for anyone learning Japanese! We also recommend Google Translate help!

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Price: Free / $ 17.99 per year / $ 29.99 per 2 years

Busuu is one of the many language learning apps with a whole bunch of languages ​​available. Japanese is also one of them. The app tests you on your current knowledge so that it will know how to skip the introductory steps if you already have some experience of the Japanese language. Plus, the app includes stress training, grammar tips, and over 150 lessons in total. There is even support for offline learning. Much of the app is free. However, to fully enjoy the experience, you must pay for a subscription. Three, six, 12 and 24 month subscriptions are available. We highly recommend that you go 12 or 24 as the others are not much comparatively.

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Drops: learn Japanese

Price: Free / $ 7.49 per month / $ 48.99 per year / $ 109.99 once

Drops: Learn Japanese is one of the new Japanese learning apps. He tries to animate the learning experience. You only have five minutes a day to learn Japanese. Plus, the app includes games, simple controls, and more. It places much less emphasis on grammar in favor of vocabulary and sentences. You learn a lot about the language in this way. The app offers 1700 words on 99 topics. This should be enough for beginners at least. There is a subscription for all features or you can pay for it all at once. It’s your choice.

Hello talk

Price: Free / $ 1.99 to $ 4.99 per month / $ 21.99 to $ 29.99 per year

HelloTalk is a great app for learners. The app connects you with other language learners. You teach them your language and they teach you theirs. This progressive premise uses community and cultural exchange as the primary vehicle for learning. We thought it was neat. The app supports over 100 languages ​​including Japanese, as well as audio and video calls, text messages, etc. We might not recommend it as the sole source of learning. However, this together with a phrasebook or a free app like LingoDeer is an excellent and powerful combination.

Learn Japanese offline

Price: Free / $ 1.49

Another useful tool for learners is to learn Japanese offline. It is essentially a phrasebook. The app contains over 1,000 Japanese words and phrases in over a dozen categories. It works best for independent study for an immediate need. However, we still recommend a lesson style app for the bulk of your learning. Nonetheless, this app is cheap, accessible, and a handy tool for learners and travelers. A few sentences are missing. However, active learners should have several apps to help fill in the gaps.

Screenshot Learn Japanese offline

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Price: Free / $ 11.99 per month / $ 39.99 per 3 months / $ 79.99 per year / $ 199.99 once

LingoDeer is one of the best free Japanese learning apps. He uses small lessons with simple vocabulary and progresses from there. It shows things in writing as well as audio clips with proper pronunciation. The app also offers offline downloads, support for Kana, Kanji, and Romaji, 2,000 words and phrases, and over 150 lessons. The app is quite expensive, but at least there is a one-time payment option alongside the subscription service so you can choose the route you want to take.

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Price: Free / $ 9 per month / $ 59.99 per year

Memrise is one of the most popular language learning apps on mobile. It supports dozens of languages, including Japanese. Its approach is quite broad. You learn vocabulary and grammar through a variety of exercises, games, lessons and quizzes. It also includes offline support, daily goals, pronunciation guide, reading games, and a bot that teaches you proper grammar. The subscription is a bit expensive. However, this app is intended for serious learners. We highly recommend that you try it at least.


Price: Free / $ 9.99 per month / $ 47.99 per year

Mondly is another popular and powerful language learning app. This supports dozens of languages ​​including Japanese. He uses conversational Japanese to teach. You are immersed in a conversation where you learn key words. The app grows from there. It’s much better than memorizing hundreds of words right off the bat and we liked its progressive system. The app also offers audio pronunciations, voice recognition (for your own convenience), quick sessions, and more. It is one of the most expensive in terms of monthly subscription costs. However, this is a serious app for serious learners, much like Memrise.

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Rosetta stone

Price: Free / Up to $ 199.99

Rosetta Stone is one of the biggest names in language learning. It is also among the most expensive. The company uses a proprietary learning method. It seems to work quite well. Rosetta Stone is not exactly new to this space. There are 24 languages ​​to choose from, including Japanese. He uses a method where he first teaches basic words and phrases and then develops from there. It is getting quite expensive. Subscriptions range from $ 49.99 every three months to $ 94.99 every 12 months. However, we recommend the one-time fee of $ 199.99 so you get it all for good.

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Just learn Japanese

Price: Free / Up to $ 6.99

Simply Learn Japanese is a simple app for Japanese learners. It works better as a study aid rather than a complete set of courses. The app includes flashcards, a phrasebook with over 1,200 phrases, audio pronunciations, and even quizzes. It uses a spaced repetition system. It’s not the most efficient in our experience, but it’s better than nothing, especially for the price. This one is inexpensive and pairs well with other learning apps for a fuller and faster experience.

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Price: Free / $ 6.99 per month / $ 34.99 per year

Tandem is very similar to HelloTalk. The app connects you with other language learners around the world. You teach them your language and they teach you theirs. It also includes video, voice and text chats as well as audio and picture messages. It also supports over 150 languages ​​as well as over 2,500 language combinations. We are sure that the language you speak and Japanese are related. We recommend this one as a study aid, just like we do with HelloTalk. In fact, the two applications are fundamentally interchangeable. It’s just a matter of finding the one you like best. Speaky is another app in this space that isn’t bad at all.

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