Learn Japanese like a Legend

Serious about studying Japanese?

Zero to Fluent

9000+ linked flash cards with native audio, teaching you everything you need to master Japanese: Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji, Vocabulary, and Grammar. Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking is all covered!

Learn to think in Japanese

Jalup is the only app that guides you through the process of learning Japanese in Japanese. Drop the English dictionary and English translations, and get your mind fully immersed in Japanese and Japan.

What & When to Study

There’s a lot to learn. With an advanced Spaced Repetition Algorithm, Jalup intelligently plans out what and when to study, maximizing your efficiency and making sure you remember everything.

Your Mental Journey

Studying Japanese is tough! It drains you physically and emotionally. Jalup has over 900 blog articles and a step by step walkthrough, to help you through the tough times and always keep you motivated.

The Jalup Levels

Level 1

Learn how to read, write, and pronounce the kana (hiragana and katakana). These are the two major Japanese alphabets.

Level 2

Learn all the important vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structures, creating a powerful foundation for your Japanese ability that allows you to drop the English. 

Level 3*

Learn the meanings of all the kanji. These are the thousands of picture-like symbols that are used in all written Japanese, that really bring the language to life.

Level 4

Learn Japanese through Japanese. All definitions and explanations are in Japanese, created from the words you already know. Challenging? Yes. Effective? YES! 

Level 5

Learn more Japanese through Japanese.  Expand on your vocabulary and grammar, as you gain a deeper understanding of how the language really works.

Level 6

Learn even more Japanese through Japanese, pushing your abilities higher and higher!

*Level 3 (Kanji Kingdom) can be done out of order.

Learning through "Puzzle Solving"

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“I have been trapped in an epic start/stop struggle of learning Japanese for over 20 years. Jalup has changed everything. I have never experienced this kind of sustained motivation and palpable progress. For once, attaining fluency doesn’t feel like a fruitless dream.”

“I strongly feel that you have made Japanese learning simultaneously enthralling and totally manageable with your posts and products. I’m not the only one who thinks that. By a long shot. You are doing something very right.”

More Jalup


Strategy, recommendations and personal stories from a Japanese learning veteran.


Step by step guide covering everything you need to know about learning Japanese.


Find TV, Movies, and Manga that you can understand at your level.

About us

2010: Jalup’s 1st Blog Post
2014: Jalup Beginner Released
2018: iPhone & Android App Released


Simply make you fluent. No false promises. No unrealistic expectations. No stopping at just a “conversational” level.


Founder & CEO
Adam Shapiro