Human Japanese is a fantastic Japanese Language Course for Android

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 25, 2014
Updated • Mar 2, 2015
Google Android

Japanese is a language that I really want to learn. While I have started some courses, I could not really convince myself to complete them because of how they were laid out and other issues such as participants already knowing the basics while I had to spend day after day trying to memorize the two syllabic scripts hiragana and katakana as well as kanji.

I stumbled upon Human Japanese Lite for Android recently and have used it with great success so far. Lite means that it makes available eight chapters of the Japanese language course while chapters 9 to 42 are only available in the paid version.

This is probably the best option when it comes to courses. If you like the course, you probably want to complete it and don't mind the €6.99 that it available for.

What sets Human Japanese apart is how contents are taught. First, it offers lots of text. While that may discourage some learners, it is actually well written and very informative.

While that may sound scary, it is without doubt the best guide that I ever read on the topic. Not only does it explain everything to you, it is filled with sound samples that you can play over and over again.

Plus, Japanese pronunciation is easy when compared to many other languages as there are just a few rules that you need to follow.

The first eight chapters that are available for free are the following ones:

  1. Pronunciation.
  2. The Writing System.
  3. Hiragana Part 1.
  4. Geography.
  5. Hiragana Part 2.
  6. Greetings.
  7. The Verb To Be.
  8. At Home.

The first chapter is entirely in English while the following seventeen chapters mix Romaji (Roman letters) with Japanese signs.From chapter 18 on, only Japanese signs are used (except for explanations and such which remain in English).

The app is different from the majority of language learning apps. Instead of throwing canned phrases and situations at you, it makes things clearer and easier to understand with how the course is structured and how each lesson is taught.

The app features lots of text but also recordings, animations, photos and more that improve the learning experience significantly. Most learning apps and books that I encountered previously did use information that you were expected to know even if they were not taught in the app or book.

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A quiz is added to each chapter after the first one. The app is configured by default to lock chapters until the quiz of the previous chapter has been taken. It is however possible to modify that preference in the options to unlock all chapters at once. This can be useful to learners who don't start at the very beginning.

Apart from that, a note taking option has been added to the app which you can use to add custom notes to any page or lesson.


The app offers a warmer learning environment thanks to how it is laid out and how the lessons are taught. While that may not be to everyone's liking, it should appeal to the majority of learners and especially those who shied away from Japanese because of how it is taught usually.

The same author has created an intermediary course as well which is also offered as a lite version and a full version. As far as Japanese learning courses are concerned, this gets my seal of approval. Thumbs up.


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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.

    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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