Momo's Learning Japanese
Childish, loud, hysterically funny, but totally effective, this "kiddie" app is just good ol' fun packaged as a teaching app for kids. The point is to learn the Japanese characters, collectively called "kana," by actually drawing them with your finger or stylus. It's brain-dead simple, but that's the whole point! Every time you get a character right, it shouts encouraging phrases, so maybe use earphones if you're on the train or bus. Kids absolutely love this thing, and I have to admit I do, too. The interface is great, the teaching method works, and you WILL learn the kana characters this way. Great educational fun.