Learn to read Japanese with TangoRisto, a Japanese reader for language learners.
With easy to access furigana and English definitions Tangoristo helps you learn Japanese faster.
News articles are updated and processed every day to give you fresh and interesting content to read.

TangoRisto features:
• Sort articles by their difficulty level
• Tap a word to see its English translation
• Furigana for all words + adaptative display by JLPT level
• Highlight vocabulary by its JLPT level
• Verb conjugation identifier
• Bookmark documents to read later
• Bookmark words
• Extracts vocabulary list for each text organized by JLPT level and part of speech
• Export vocabulary lists to tab separated format
• Quick links to look up each word on reference sites like, Tangorin, Japanese Exchange, etc.
• Universal app, Tangoristo runs on both iPhone and iPad!
• Night mode for a better reading experience in low light.
• Listen to the spoken article text (available mostly on NHK Easy and Hukumusume folk tales).

Text sources:
• NHK News Easy analyzed and updated every day
• NHK News for advanced readers
• Japanese folk tales
• RSS feed article summaries

In other words...

TangoRisto analyzes short Japanese texts from the web to facilitate your reading flow. This app encourages you to read and explore the vocabulary in short texts from the Web. You can review the vocabulary for each text, filter it by your reading level and bookmark your favorite articles.

I find more often than not real learning breakthroughs happen when observing language in context. Hopefully this app will help you to take the knowledge you are acquiring in class or through standard learning materials, and apply it to read real texts.

What’s New

Version 3.0.2

- Restored word audio button on word detail view.
- Brought back the option to export a single vocabulary entry on the the word long press menu.
- Brought back the "restore in-app purchases" button on settings. If you purchased ad-removal and are still seeing the Patreon banner on the document feed, please try using this button to have the banner removed. Sorry, it is not my intention to overload you with banners.
- Temporarily removed TechCrunch feed which was causing the app to crash.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

ry51600 ,

Something special

I don’t take the time to write reviews often. I usually don’t find it useful, since personally I barely look at the reviews before I download an app.

I’m gonna take a minute and write a review for TangoRisto though. This app made the single difference between me passing and failing the JLPT last year. Could have I just pulled up all the individual sites it pulls articles from? Sure. I would have also had to annotate the vocabulary with my own Furigana, gather it all on my own for loading it into SRS, and figure out whether or not I’m even RESPONSIBLE for the vocab at my current level or not.

Or I could just download the app. Do I have some things I’d like to add? Of course. The ability to use J-J Dictionary would be great for those of us at higher levels of the JLPT. I’d also like something in app to cross reference for grammar. But, given what’s already here? TangoRisto is an amazing app, and is something you can’t pass up if you’re studying Japanese.

Oaichan19 ,

One of the best apps available for advanced Japanese learners

I’ve been studying Japanese for about 8 years and can speak it pretty fluently, but I never get enough reading practice because it’s so annoying to have to look up vocabulary, add them to a study list, and just enjoy reading the content of articles. This app helps me with all three problems!

Love that it also color codes words by jlpt level so that I know which words to focus on studying if I want to pass the jlpt n1.

Also love that it recently added other sections of nhk news, such as science and society. Now I can read topics I’m interested in while improving my Japanese.

Developer Response ,

Awesome! I'm glad its being useful. Hopefully I'll be able to improve it more and more over time.

Able Mind ,

Great app, one suggestion

If you’re learning Japanese, take a look at this app. I finished Genki I and II after two years of university, but felt my overall exposure was low. This app provides ton of great material to translate, and things like tap to translate, furigana, etc. make it a joy to use.

My one suggestion for the app would be to blacklist certain words from displaying furigana. I know some words from the tougher JLPT levels, but still don’t know some from JLPT 5. If I could test myself on the words from say JLPT 2 that I already know, without turning the furigana for all other JLPT 2 and lower words, I’d have a much easier time.


Javier Artiles
57.4 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
© 2017, Javier Artiles
In-App Purchases
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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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