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Japanese is a difficult language. However, it’s growing in popularity among non-native speakers because of media, anime, and a general uptick in interest about the culture. The relatively newer wave of Japanese learners means that most traditional means don’t have apps for learning Japanese yet. However, there are some great ones to get you started. 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 to help out!

The best Japanese learning apps for Android


Busuu

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

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Busuu is one of many language learning apps with a whole heap of available languages. Japanese is, in fact, among them. The app tests you on your current knowledge so it knows to skip the intro stages if you already have some Japanese speaking experience. In addition, the app includes accent training, grammar tips, and over 150 courses in total. There is even support for offline learning. Much of the app is free to use. However, to get the full experience, you have to pay for a subscription. There are three, six, 12, and 24 month subscriptions available. We highly recommend going 12 or 24 because the others aren’t a great deal 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 newer Japanese learning apps. It tries to liven up the learning experience. You only get five minutes per day to learn Japanese. Additionally, the app includes games, simple controls, and more. It puts a much lower emphasis on grammar in favor of vocabulary and phrases. You learn a great deal about the language this way. The app gives you 1,700 words across 99 topics. That should be enough for beginners at least. There is a subscription for all of the features or you can pay for the whole thing at once. It’s your choice.


HelloTalk

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

HelloTalk is an excellent app for learners. The app hooks you up with fellow language learners. You teach them your language and they teach you theirs. This progressive premise uses community and cultural exchange as the main vehicle for learning. We thought that was neat. The app supports over 100 languages, including Japanese, as well as audio and video calls, text messages, and more. We might not recommend this as a sole source of learning. However, this with a phrasebook or a free app like LingoDeer is an excellent and potent combination.

See also: The best Japanese to English dictionaries and phrasebooks on Android


Learn Japanese Offline

Price: Free / $1.49

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Learn Japanese Offline is another helpful tool for learners. It’s basically a phrasebook. The app contains over 1,000 words and phrases in Japanese across over a dozen categories. It works best for independent study for immediate need. However, we still recommend a course style app for the bulk of your learning. Nevertheless, this app is cheap, accessible, and makes a handy tool for learners and travelers. It is missing a few phrases. However, active learners should have multiple apps to help fill in the gaps.


LingoDeer

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

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LingoDeer is a one of the better free Japanese learning apps. It uses bite-sized lessons with simple vocabulary and works its way up from there. It shows things in writing as well as audio clips with proper pronunciation. The app also features offline downloads, support for Kana, Kanji, and Romaji, 2,000 words and phrases, and over 150 lessons. The app is rather expensive, but at least there is a single payment option alongside the subscription service so you can choose the route you want to take.

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Memrise

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 rather broad. You learn vocabulary and grammar through a variety of exercises, games, lessons, and quizzes. It also includes offline support, daily goals, a pronunciation guide, reading games, and a bot that teaches you proper grammar. The subscription is a bit expensive. However, this app is for serious learners. We highly recommend at least trying it.


Mondly

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

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Mondly is another popular and powerful language learning app. This one supports dozens of languages including Japanese. It uses conversational Japanese to teach. You’re thrown into a conversation where you learn core words. The app expands from there. It’s a lot better than memorizing hundreds of words right off the bat and we appreciated its progressive system. The app also features audio pronunciations, speech recognition (for your own practice), quick sessions, and more. It’s one of the most expensive in terms of monthly subscriptions costs. However, it is a serious app for serious learners, much like Memrise.

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Rosetta Stone

Price: Free / Up to $199.99

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Rosetta Stone is one of the bigger names in language learning. It’s also among the most expensive. The company uses a proprietary learning method. It seems to work fairly well. Rosetta Stone isn’t exactly new in this space. There are 24 languages to choose from, including Japanese. It uses a method where it teaches basic words and phrases first and then expands from there. It gets rather expensive. Subscriptions range from $49.99 every three months to $94.99 every 12 months. However, we recommend the one-time $199.99 fee so that you get it all for good.


Simply Learn Japanese

Price: Free / Up to $6.99

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

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Tandem

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

Tandem is a lot like HelloTalk. The app links you with other language learners around the world. You teach them your language and they teach you theirs. This one also includes video, voice, and text chats along with audio and picture messages. It also supports over 150 languages as well as over 2,500 language combinations. We’re sure that whatever language you speak and Japanese are linked up. We recommend this one as a study aid much like we do with HelloTalk. In fact, the two apps are basically interchangeable. It’s just a matter of finding the one you like better. Speaky is another app in this space that isn’t half bad.


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