The Easy Learn Japanese app by Momologic is actually a great travel companion to Tabiko. You know where you’re going and how to get there, but you still need to know what to say when you arrive. Not everyone is going to magically become fluent in Japanese before they visit the first time. And sometimes even if you’re saying what you think is, “Can I have this, please?” in Japanese, the waiter is still stare at you like you’re speaking Bocce.
Never fear! With more than 1,200 phrases with playable audio, tips, and tricks on everything from buying train tickets and Suica cards, to eating and shopping, to cultural information, you’ll have a much easier time getting by in Japan. The app also functions offline. If you didn’t think to order a portable wi-fi hotspot ahead of time, this can be a lifesaver.
You know where you’re going and how to get there, but you still need to know what to say when you arrive.
Phrases are grouped by situation and they include the Japanese, romaji, and English equivalents with nouns colored separately so you know what to emphasize if you’re having trouble communicating. You can also simply find a phrase and play it for someone if they’re having an extra hard time understanding you, or just show them the text in the app. If you find you have to repeat yourself every time you walk into a restaurant, favorite the phrase and keep it handy for next time.
Many people get nervous about how well they’ll be able to use Japanese when the finally get to Japan. And while it’s helpful to struggle (that means you’re learning!), sometimes you need a little help getting where you want to go. This app can help fill the holes in your knowledge and get you through tough situations like buying your first train ticket or visiting a shinto shrine, without standing around looking helpless.