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Kanji app for iPhone and iPad

4.8 ( 6218 ratings )
Reference Education
Developer: Lima Sky
0.99 USD
Current version: 1.6.3, last update: 9 months ago
First release : 05 Aug 2008
App size: 386.93 Kb

Kanji is among the TOP 10 paid educational apps in Japan!

"I LOVE your Kanji App. Very clean design, very well made." - Customer review (US)

"Great product, use it all the time on the train in Tokyo." - Customer review

"Simple intuitive interface makes it easy to remember the characters... " - Customer review (US)

NEW IN THIS VERSION: when adding a new kanji to your custom list, you can now search for a particular kanji by entering a meaning or drawing the kanji. (for drawing kanji you need to enable Chinese keyboard under settings)*

Over 2000 additional examples for a total of over 4000 examples.

Kanji is the most popular Kanji learning app in the iTunes app store

"Kanji" is a must-have flashcards application for anyone learning the Japanese language.

It consists of 2040 kanji characters that are listed for taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test - level 1, level 2, level 3, and level 4. For level 2, level 3 and level 4 kanji there are two exmaple words that use that kanji, and every example has reading in hiragana and the meaning in English.

You can create and save your own kanji lists by selecting kanji that you want to learn from the set of 2040 available kanjis, meanings, and readings. For example, you can create a custom kanji list that consists of all the kanji you need to learn for your next Japanese class. You can create as many lists as you want and can come back to them at any time.

Every kanji in the set is represented with a large image on its own card. Tapping on the card will reveal on and kun reading and meaning.

You can flip quickly through kanji meanings by swiping the card with your finger to move to the next or go back to the previous card. Checking off the card marks it as "mastered" and will remove it from the set for next reviewing. You can also go to the master list to manually select or deselect any of the kanji you want to include or exclude from the review.

Each kanji card has:
- on reading, kun reading, and English tranlsation
- two example words for all level 1, level 2, level 3 and level 4 kanji characters, over 4000 examples in total!
- hiragana reading and English translation for every example

- a complete set of 2040 kanji characters from the Japanese Language Procifiency Test level 1, level 2, level 3, and level 4
- over 4000 example words with readings in hiragana and meaning in English
- select which kanji you want to learn from the list of level 1, level 2, level 3, and level 4 kanji and create your own custom review and learning lists.
- search for kanji by entering a meaning or drawing the kanji (for drawing you need to enable and choose Chinese keyboard)*.
- intuitive, clean, and simple interface - you move through the cards by swiping them with a finger.
- your kanji selection is saved when you exit the application and remembered for when you come back to study more
- shake to restart going through the list.
- does not require internet connection

*To chose the Chinese keyboard go to: Settings: General -> Keyboard -> International keyboard -> Chinese -> Handwriting

Make sure to also check out KanjiPop - practice Kanji in a fun way! (just search for KanjiPop)

This package has included material from the EDICT and KANJIDIC dictionary
files in accordance with the licence provisions of the Electronic
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Pros and cons of Kanji app for iPhone and iPad

Kanji app good for

I like the design white background and black letters that is so Simple that it doesnt distract from learning. There must be an update with hiragana and kana spelling included like: A-ta-ri あたり
Perfect for learning Kanji. I agree with Thymolblau that an addition of Latin letters to the Hiragana/Katakana letters would be great. A spoken pronounciation would be an icing on the cake. But the way it is right now its absolutely worth its money. Recommended!
would be nice if the jouyou Kanji list were to be added in addition to the jlpt lists and seperated by the grade theyre taught in
Oww! Now this app is COOL With all JLPT!!! I just holp that this company add more exemples (words) to the Kanjis And to this app be 110% Perfect, put stroke order on the Kanjis to everybody, also, learn how to write the Kanji. But i RECOMEND this app! And o course, the price is cool too!!! Sorry my bad english :-)
Nice piece of work. Very convenient to use , looks nice. I hesitate to ask for more, but a stroke animation, bookmarking function and this would be perfect. Thanks a lot.
Very good. Could be expanded to become a 5 star piece of software with a little work. But for the price this is a very good program for students studying Kanji.

Some bad moments

I was hoping for a more interactive and interesting interface, buy I guess you get what you pay for, and ¥115 isnt much. After trying this one out, I went and got Kanji flip and Japaneseflip, which I really like, and feel is far superior. . If you need something cheap, this might be for you, but if youre more serious about learning, try Kanji flip.
I just got this app today. 06/28/2009 It is junk. You cant write in Kanji for a search unless you use chinese input on your phone and not Japanese input so you will be shown chinese Kanji and not Japanese. There are Japanese only Kanji and chinese only Kanji out there. A study app can not get anymore baisic than this. 4 selection level 1 2 3 4 JLPT Kanji lists. I reccomend any other app.
I checked the screen shots for this App. It shows a Hand Written input to find Kanji. This is not part of the App. I contacted Lima Sky ( the App makers ) 3 times to ask them why they showed this very misleading screen shot. Alas no reply from them. Stick your App where the sun dont shine.
Waste of money for me The usage is pretty simple but u learn nothing but words and Kanji. There are not examples of how to use the word or the Kanji in other context. If u wanna learn for real, This app is not good. There is a better one for free out there
Seriously buggy on iOS 9. Has not been updated since several iOS versions ago. So it still looks like an iPhone 3 or 4 app. Should be pulled or updated
Non riesco a trovare il modo per disegnare il Kanji da cercare!!! I dont find drawing mode for Kanji!!!