Learning Japanese

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About this app

Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese

The latest update (0.4) includes support for Android 9 / Pie - please let me know if you encounter any issues - googleplay@frush.com.au

Topics covered include:

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

This guide was created as a resource for those who want to learn Japanese grammar in a rational, intuitive way that makes sense in Japanese. The explanations are focused on how to make sense of the grammar not from English but from a Japanese point of view.

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 usable phrases such as for travel. However, it will logically create successive 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.
Updated on
Jun 9, 2020

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5.6K reviews
Briana Codilla
December 23, 2020
This is not your typical language learning app. It's not fun or cutesy, there are no games that hold your hand to teach you basic phrases. This app is for people who take learning Japanese seriously. The lessons are in an easy to follow text book style format, and I highly recommend taking notes. All of the content is available from the start, so there's no testing out or unlocking the next lesson. You go at your own pace, and what you get out of it is what you put in.
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David Zampa
September 30, 2020
This "app" is a godsend. Really it's just an extremely coherent pocket guide to Japanese grammar, but it's exactly what i needed. For a serious learner, I recommend spending a month or two intensively studying Japanese on Duolingo before opening this app for the first time, because by that point you will have a ton of all the right questions bouncing through your mind about what you've been practicing, and this guide will help all those puzzle pieces fall into place.
67 people found this review helpful
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Jay Chalagashvili
March 4, 2023
I was very sceptical about this app at first... I kept it downloaded but unused for months, because the large amount of text made me expect the lessons to be extremely boring and slow. I was proven completely wrong. Everything is described truly from a Japanese perspective yet with fluent English. When I read the lessons I have the feeling that a real-life teacher taught it to me. This app, for me, has been a lot more effective than those action-packed language learnings apps with pretty colors.
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