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Best Japanese language learning apps  by Gokunama

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Gokunama says: I've lived here in Japan for ten years, and I've studied Japanese off and on (bit on the lazy side), still, I certainly know good Japanese learning material when I see it, and here's the top six in my opinion.
Gokunama's picks
  1. iKana touch - Hiragana and Katakana study tool
    iKana touch - Hiragana and Katakana study tool Actually never used it, as I already knew my kanas very well when it came out, but after having used their iKanji Touch, I'd have no trouble vouching for their software. Anyways, if you're completely new to Japanese, then the kanas are the place to begin.
  2. iKanji touch - Japanese Kanji Study Tool
    iKanji touch - Japanese Kanji Study Tool Excellent software that breaks the lessons down into ten kanji a lesson, and then tests you on kanji readings, stroke order, and meaning of the kanjis, and even includes a bit of kanji compound work. Lessons grouped into JLPT or grade levels.
  3. ウィズダム英和・和英辞典
    ウィズダム英和・和英辞典 Once you know your kanas, this is without doubt THE BEST dictionary. Unknown kanji readings are not a problem, highlight the kanji you need the reading for, and it'll jump to that entry, giving you the kanji reading. Bookmarks and history can help with reviewing words you looked up. Cycle through head words, idioms utilizing that word, or even example sentences. Also the best dictionary to have on hand when teaching English, example sentences make finding which of many meanings of a word you wish to get across to students. It's a little on the expensive side, but don't skimp!
  4. Japanese
    Japanese I'd actually recommend a kanji dictionary by Enfour, but since that's been temporarily pulled from the app store, this is the next best, and it's still a very decent dictionary. Look up kanji with the SKIP method, or by one of the traditional methods (need a bit of basic kanji knowledge to do that). The kanji stroke order animations are easy to follow, it's easy to jump to other kanji entries, and the compounds list under a kanji entry are great to have on hand. The actual dictionary itself is alright.
  5. Japanese Flip
    Japanese Flip A very decent flashcard app for learning Japanese vocabulary. Great interface, and a method to keep track of your progress that's easy to follow. Also based on JLPT.
  6. A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar Builder
    A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar Builder Probably one of the best apps to learn basic Japanese grammar structures. Great to have on hand when you've forgotten how to say something like 'I have to do something' or 'we can't do that'.
Discussion

lydia2

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Awesome list! Thanks for the info! How is life in Japan? Where are you from originally? Lydia2

Reply to comment Posted June 01, 2010

coolguy123

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It's a nice list. I also find this course to be pretty good: http://www.japanesecourses.com/

Reply to comment Posted June 01, 2010

Gokunama

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Life's comfortable here. I'm from Canada.

Reply to comment Posted June 14, 2010

unquiet

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As students of Japanese for over 5 years, we were dissatisfied with the offering out there, so we made our own: Japanese Flash.

It has over 145,000 words split into 180+ sets so you can study specific vocab (like Sumo) or broad (JLPT or Nouns). We also track your progress and make sure you are studying new words while occasionally repeating what you know to keep it in memory.

It also includes a fast dictionary to make your own study sets on the go. We find this really useful when watching a movie or talking with friends and want to learn a word we just heard.

Check it out: http://www.japaneseflash.com
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/japanese-flash/id367216357?mt=8

Reply to comment Posted June 16, 2010

Gokunama

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Downloaded it due to the overwhelming good ratings on iTunes. I like it so far, and my only complaint is that the characters are smaller than I'd like on the flashcards.

Reply to comment Posted October 18, 2010

ohhugo

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I use some of the apps on this list but I would recommend Kotoba as a dictionary as it is free and quite complete.

you can also visit my site if you are interested in Japanese Buddhism: http://www.japanese-buddhism.com

Reply to comment Posted August 06, 2010

willardroad

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Thanks for your list. Mine is for much earlier beginners, but I appreciate those apps you listed and hope to try each one.

Reply to comment Posted August 29, 2010

neonbhenjamen123

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As students of Japanese for over 5 years, we were dissatisfied with the offering out there, so we made our own: Japanese Flash. nation high school accreditation -
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Reply to comment Posted March 03, 2011

neonbhenjamen123

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Awesome list! Thanks for the info! How is life in Japan? Where are you from originally? Lydia2 lorenz high school accreditation -
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Reply to comment Posted March 03, 2011

difint

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We may recommend our free app KanaBattle. It is a great way to test your recognition of katakana and hiragana. It also has upgrade support for Joyo Kanji.

Associated Apps:  KanaBattle

Reply to comment Posted November 05, 2011

yohanesu75

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Hi

I've created an app based on the book "The Japanese-English Dictionary for Conversation about Japan". It is quite fun to read and contains conversations about Japanese things, all in both English and Japanese. The perfect tool for learning about Japan while studying Japanese.

Check it out here:
http://www.facebook.com/iNippon
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inippon/id478265008?mt=8

Associated Apps:  iNippon

Reply to comment Posted March 03, 2012

TravelParrotJP

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I’d like to recommend our new app ‘http://travelparrot.ch'. It is not a simple translator, instead it will let you create correct and suitable Japanese phrases based on your intention and search words. Check it out!

Reply to comment Posted August 10, 2012

roeljp

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I develop application for JLPT preparation called Juku. It is the most comprehensive app for JLPT preparation, integrating vocabulary, grammar, and example sentence. It uses Spaced Repetition System (SRS) for effective memorization, complemented with Cram method for quick review and relaxed memorization.

Distinctive features:
- 17.000+ example sentences, adapted to vocabulary difficulty level. Taken from books, magazines and films.
- Nice furigana on top of kanji. You can set to which level you want to hide furigana.

Please check them on associated apps.

Associated Apps:  Juku JLPT, Juku JLPT Unlimited

Reply to comment Posted December 06, 2012

oliverdrose

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Try out these fun iPhone apps for learning Japanese:
- Kanji Connect
- Lex Flashcard Game for Quizlet
- Kanji Crush
You can also play them online at www.kanjigames.com

Reply to comment Posted November 14, 2013

vags77

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Hello

I've created a new app for iOS to learn kanji called Kanji Sensei. Let's you study by JLPT or grade. It's really smart and updated regularly with cool new features.

You can check it out here: http://kanjisensei.com

Reply to comment Posted April 24, 2014

jlptKanjis

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You should check also JLPT Kanjis app. You do not need to connect internet. You can solve tests separated by JLPT Kanji level and see you world wide rank.

Reply to comment Posted September 15, 2014