A little while ago, I made a list for my top 3 most useful apps for aiding in the process of learning Japanese Language. Though those 3 apps are still in my weekly, or even daily (lookin’ at you Memrise) repertoire, I feel as though an updated addition to that list is in order. These next three apps have earned their spot as they have also been heavy go-to helpers when I need them. -NOTE- The apps referenced are all used on Android.
I have seen this app in countless other similar lists and after many personal advice givers also chimed in with their praise for Anki, I caved and joined the bandwagon. This app and it’s spaced repetition algorithm is the epitome of great flashcard efficiency. You can download almost limitless dictionaries and word lists or create your own flashcards, which I highly suggest as it helps work it into your brain better to know exactly what flashcards you will expect when studying. If you noticed that you took a bit long to answer a flashcard, Anki tracks that extra time and asks you how well you think you know that word. Based on your answer, Anki will bring that word back up more or less often in the future. If you don’t cheat yourself, your vocabulary base will steadily grow and become a strong foundation for learning other things such as grammar. This app is completely free so you don’t have an excuse not to get your flashcards ready.
2. Kanji Study
From Kana, to Radicals, to full-blown N1 Kanji, Kanji study has extensive learning capabilities for every level. you can customize your study by breaking down any of the JLPT sections into more feasible chunks or adding a variety of kanji to your custom learning list. With this app, you get informative breakdowns of each radical and kanji, what they’re used in, meanings, stroke orders, pronunciations, stroke number, and how often you’ve practiced it. Practicing in this app consists of flashcards, multiple choice timed quizzes, and character drawing which is done right on your smartphone. This app is also free and has been a big help in helping me understand different radicals, practicing stroke order for more complex kanji and keeping up with recognizing and writing kanji of the lower JLPT levels.
This brings us to Obenkyo, Japanese for the verb, to study. It lives up to it’s broad name as this app delivers on providing you all aspects of studying Japanese. Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji, Numbers, Vocabulary, Grammar, and even Particles are all included in this powerhouse of a learning app. With a handy search feature you can find exactly what you’re looking for or you can browse by JLPT Levels N1 – N5. Tap to the left of the category you want in order to study it, and tap to the right of your favored category to test yourself on it. This app is so well-rounded and fleshed out that some categories could easily have been it’s own app. The Test feature offers different varieties of tests for each subject (sans grammar, unfortunately that’s just for study). This app is free as well, so get out your devices and start learning.
(Obenkyo isn’t available on Itunes)
I hope you find these apps helpful towards your progress in learning Japanese as they have all certainly helped mine.