Kana Mind

Kana Mind

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Kana Mind is an educational game to help you learn to recognize the symbols used in Katakana and Hiragana (collectively called "Kana"), the first two alphabet styles used in the Japanese language. With this knowledge, you'll be able to read aloud and write words in Japanese.

I created Kana Mind for myself, but decided to share it with others. That's why it's a free application.

Kana mind is not a simple matching or flash card game. It uses an intelligent memorization algorithm focused on teaching character combinations, and then measuring the player's success in matching each combination. As you progress through the game, the symbols become more and more difficult.

Kana Mind will also remember how much time you've spent away from the application, and take that into account when testing you. This makes sure you haven't forgotten any of the matches you had learned previously.

For those looking to learn Japanese, Kana Mind tracks your progress letting you check your stats at any time. Can you get to the end and reach 100% proficiency in Kana knowledge? And for those who already know Japanese, Kana Mind is the best way to retain Kana fluency - playing the game once a week is great to keep your memory fresh.

With Kana Mind, you’ll learn both alphabets before you even realize it!


• Two modes: learn reading and/or writing
• Learn the complete Hiragana and/or Katakana alphabet
• Store multiple player profiles if you share your decide with someone else
• 3 different romaji styles: Hepburn (recommended), Nippon-shiki, and Kunrei-shiki
• Groups of characters (including historical symbols) can be toggled on or off for more focused exercises
• Free application: no ads, no personal user data collection.

But remember: Kana Mind is not a complete Japanese language course. It will only help you memorize Kana and Japanese romanization in an easy and quick way, but since it doesn't teach you Japanese grammar or vocabulary, it's intended to be used as an aid to an ongoing Japanese course.

Read more about the motivations behind Kana Mind here:


Thanks to Marc Luscher for suggestions and great ideas. Also thanks to our reviewers for comments and suggestions.


• The application requires "Internet Access" permission. This is a byproduct of being compiled as an standalone Adobe AIR application and, unfortunately, it cannot be removed. Sorry about that. However, the application doesn't actually use Internet for anything; feel free to block this feature if your system allows you to do so.


If you have suggestions, questions or bug reports, please send an email to zeh at zehfernando.com.

And thanks so much to our kind reviewers! I'm glad you're enjoying the application as much as I am.

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Recently changed in this version


* Fixed bug that would cause the tooltips to show every time a game was started

Comments and ratings for Kana Mind
  • (74 stars)

    by martenizata on 04/04/2012

    Good work!

  • (74 stars)

    by Rory Sheridan on 07/09/2014

    Excellent way to learn kana easily. Great for revision.

  • (74 stars)

    by Sid Miller on 06/09/2014

    Memorised all the hiragana in one day, a task I've always found a bit complicated.

  • (74 stars)

    by Jonathan Alfonso on 31/08/2014

    This is great, but I would really appreciate optional audio or some sort of romanji pronunciation with diacritical marks.

  • (74 stars)

    by Luis Vultao on 23/08/2014

    I like it. It would be nice if it sounded the characters to help you associate the way it's pronounced.

  • (74 stars)

    by Eric Hittle on 22/08/2014

    This is without question the best kana app here. It is great for learning kana efficiently. The interface is appealing, and gameplay is beginner friendly. It starts out easy at first. The way each activity works is you pick the answer from a word bank, first time around the correct choice is obvious, but as you advance, the word bank incrementally grows to 6 choices as they become selectable. The

  • (74 stars)

    by Carlos Andres Guillen Ubri on 18/08/2014

    Excelente. Ya me imagino los algoritmos que utilizaste para que vaya guardando los kanas nuevos mientras aprendes. Muy buena!