Applications for learning Japanese on Android and IOS

In today's article, I will present some applications that I use to learn Japanese on the Android and iOS phone and tablet and even on the late Windows Phone (which is also generally available on the Windows 10 Store).

All the applications below are free, some may have paid content. These were applications that I chose and use to learn, mandatory applications that must be installed on Japanese students' cell phones.

Japanese Memorization Applications

Anki and Similar

  • Android; iOS; Windows; Web

Anki is a very famous site for spaced memorization. You can download the application for computer or mobile devices, or use some other application that connects to your API to access decks of words that aid in memorization and review.

Some use the application to learn new words, but I advise you to use it only to review content that you have already learned or are at your level. It works in an elaborate way, displaying cards that you need to review at the right time.

On iOS its version is paid, as it is the only one officially developed. Fortunately there are alternative versions that connect to the API and are even superior, like the ankiapp, Quizlet and other applications with the same purpose of spaced memorization.

Applications for learning Japanese on Android and iOS


  • iOS; Android; Web

A famous application that supports several languages. Now he teaches Japanese in a very practical way, even bringing native voices and using an optimal memorization system. It has a pro version.

Japanese Kanji Study

  • Android

Application in English focused on the study of kanji, super complete and well organized, with systems that will help you memorize the kanji. The application has more than 6 thousand kanji.

Japanese Lesson Apps


  • Android; Windows

One of the most famous Japanese apps for smarthphones, it is very complete, has exercises, flash cards, quizzes to help memorize words, kanji and even phrases. He has the option of drawing, in addition to having basic classes on Japanese grammar.

It is available in English, has explanatory articles and lessons. One of the most famous Japanese apps of all time. Unfortunately it is not available for iOS. You can even find similar or eponymous apps, but it's not the same.

The application is simple, has a system of memorization, questions, a small dictionary, kana, kanji and other Japanese lessons that you can find on any website, including on our website Suki Desu.

Applications for learning Japanese on Android and iOS

JA Sensei - Learn Japanese

  • Android

Complete package to learn Japanese! JA Sensei offers easy to understand Japanese lessons and several interactive exercises to learn Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji, Japanese vocabulary, Japanese phrases for your travels, numbers, verbs, etc.

Take audio quizzes, multiple-choice, self-assessment or drawing (draw kanji to answer questions!) To memorize your learning.

Japanese course - NHK 1

  • iOS and Android

This app compiles the entire NHK Japanese course in one app, so you can listen to the audios and study. Japanese course will also help you to understand Japanese culture and basic letters. There are more than 50 classes in audios.

Let's Learn Japanese: Beginner FREE

  • Windows Phone; Windows

Although it seems simple, it is one of the most useful applications, it has been bringing great tests, flashcards, and with a huge vocabulary, one of the most complete applications. I haven't seen your paid version yet, but this is already a wonderful app.

There are thousands of other apps, but these 4 are the ones I use the most, the most important ones that should not be missing on your cell phone, these are my recommendations, I hope you make good use of all the apps mentioned above.

Japanese Dictionary Apps

Tenjin and Jisho - Japanese dictionary 

Tenjin is a free offline Japanese dictionary with no ads. It focuses on displaying relevant data on words, kanji, examples and grammar points in a simple, clear and elegant way. Tenjin makes suggestions, searches as you type, and shines in getting the user to the data he wants.

In my opinion it is one of the best dictionaries for android, as it is in English. Unfortunately it's only a dictionary, and it doesn't have all the words you can think of, if you know English you should use the branch. Jisho that has everything.

The jisho is the best Japanese dictionary available, there are thousands of APIs and applications that access that dictionary on the WEB or even an offline version. The word jisho literally means dictionary, so look for apps like that for your phone.

Tango Master

  • Android; Windows

The most complete application for studying Windows Phone, with which it is possible to locate Kanji using radicals, comes with a shiritori tool. (Write words starting with the last letter of the previous one).

It also includes a Super Complete Dictionary, classes, articles, tests, pronunciation of words and kanji, writing and strokes. This is a true online dictionary, its only negative and because it is English, but think positively, you learn 2 languages.

Japanese Games Apps

Karuta Kanji

  • Android; iOS

A game that helps in memorizing words and Kanji. He's like the game karuta, which instead of using poems, uses simple kanji words. The good thing is that the application is in English and you can compete online.

The objective of the game is to look at the word in hiragana and take the letter with the same word, but written only in the dark kanji! In-game kanji are all kanji on the Japanese level 4 proficiency exam (JLPT N4). There are 181 kanji combined in 245 words!

The iOS version is different, but you can easily find several Karuta and Japanese games on the Apple Store. I have no details about such games, but the description I made is specific to Android.

Applications for learning Japanese on Android and iOS

Other Games apps are:

  • Japanese Dungeon: Learn J-Word;

Other iOS and Android Apps

  • 漢字筆順Q – Japanese Kanji Stroke Order - Completely free application, with ads that allows you to study kanji, its reading, meaning, how to write them and the order of the strokes;
  • Learn Japanese with 50 lessons - Application that has the NHK audio course for you to study. Learn the N5 and various dialogues and vocabulary to fully prepare for your trip in Japan;
  • Imiwa? - Very popular English and Japanese dictionary;
  • Nihongo - Japanese Dictionary - One of several English dictionaries found in the apple store. Great for those who wish to learn 2 languages at the same time;
  • Simple Furigana - This application allows you to put furigana on web pages and in texts. It also transforms texts for vertical reading;
  • Learn Japanese - Manabu Academy - Learn Japanese with Manabu Academy in a fun and intuitive way, Hiragana, Katakana even more complex phrases, which in an easy to understand way Manabu Academy helps you learn Japanese!
  • JClass: Learn Japanese - Learn Japanese with Yui, using different methods, learning by JLPT levels, with a medal system, quiz, dictionary, etc;
  • Kanji Connect - A little game where you connect kanji to form words. Very good for learning reading and kanji vocabularies;
  • HelloTalk - A messenger app that allows you to chat with native people who speak Japanese and other languages;

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