When it comes to learning Japanese, the alphabet is what all beginners start with. Mastery comes from building a firm foundation of the basics, and this is what we consider the most efficient way of learning:

Constant practice and having fun at the same time!

Learn Japanese ~Tap a Sheep Style~ is a free mobile Android game app hence created with the above in mind, to help Japanese language beginners master the Japanese alphabet quickly.

Things You Should Know (before you start):

  • You can learn the basic hiragana and katakana characters from Practice Mode. Romaji and pronunciation of all kana are available.
  • Gameplay is straightforward and suitable for all ages!
  • The Shepherd is your ally.
  • Finally, do find out your level of mastery in Challenge mode!

Start your learning journey now!

Get it on Google Play

Familiarized with the basics and wanting to bring it to the next level? Keen to expand your knowledge and understanding on Japanese?
We have included a list of Japanese learning resources below – a mixture of dictionaries, online learning and study tools. Click to explore!

Japanese Learning Resources

1. Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese
Comprehensive grammar resource, contains lots of information and is useful for beginners starting out as a foundation builder to advanced levels as a supplementary reference. [Free]

2. Japanese-Online.com
Grammar and cultural resource for beginner to intermediate levels. [Free]

3. Duolingo
Vocabulary and grammar learning aid for beginner to intermediate levels. Learn via quizzes, structured in 5 to 20 minute sessions with a system that encourages daily learning. [Free]

4. Erin’s Challenge
Supplementary practice for beginner to intermediate learners. Lessons via live-action skits in a Japanese high school setting. [Free]

5. JapanesePod101
Vocabulary, grammar and cultural learning aid for beginner to advanced levels. Lessons are via podcasts with native Japanese speakers. [Paid with restricted free content] 

6. WaniKani
Kanji learning aid. Helps English learners memorise kanji via mnemonics, through a flashcard, space repetition system. [Paid]

7. Jisho
Dictionary: Japanese-English. Search input includes drawing out the kanji – handy for looking up unknown kanji in non-text or offline formats and voice. [Free]

8. Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC
Dictionary: Japanese – various languages. Search input for Japanese-English includes starting kanji. Also able to lookup kanji using various methods including pinyin or Korean reading for Chinese / Korean learners. [Free]

We hope you’ll have fun and would love to hear any feedback!