Expand your Japanese vocabulary and comprehension by getting in the habit of reading short, native content daily. Manabi Reader makes it easy to jump into interesting native reading material without having to worry about your level: just one tap on any word you don't know to see its reading and definition.

Don't waste time trying to find engaging reading material—a curated selection of news feeds, online magazines, blogs, even folktales are collected here for you. You can of course also open any webpage in Manabi Reader to help you through it.

Make a habit out of getting your news in Japanese and you'll find your skills multiply. With even a few minutes each day, reading is essential to picking up Japanese. Memory is one of those things where it sticks best when you're having fun, so dive in!

• Read native texts.
• One-tap word lookups (with audio!).
• Word tracking: you'll see how much of an article's vocabulary is already familiar. New words are highlighted for you.
• Kanji tracking: we'll also track the kanji you're familiar with as you read articles. Check your progress within JLPT levels.
• One-tap flashcard creation: memorize the words you look up.
• Review flashcards from an article once you're done reading it.
• Automatic furigana.
• BYOC (bring your own content) via URL or copy/paste; or, choose from our curated selection of reading materials.
• Reddit category with aggregated Japanese articles and discussions.
• 3rd-party dictionary apps are supported.


The core app is fully functional without payment. Word tracking behaviors are limited to a subset as a preview. The companion Manabi flashcard app is limited to 10 flashcard reviews per day. Full word tracking functionality as well as unlimited flashcard reviews in the companion app may be purchased as a subscription. You may purchase a subscription, which will be charged to your iTunes Account upon purchase and will auto-renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the purchasing period. You can manage this in your Account Settings after purchase. Manabi Reader subscriptions are offered on a monthly or annual basis, with free trials—the annual subscriptions offer a discounted rate. This purchase supports the ongoing development of Manabi.

We offer a substantial discount for students, educators, and parents.

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What’s New

Version 2.3.1

Version 2 is a monumental update! Manabi Reader now tracks which words you've read, you're learning, or already know.

2.3 contains the following:
• Mark Kanji as Known: We chart your kanji familiarity as you read. This makes your learning progress feel tangible. In this update you can now mark kanji as known when you've already learned them before. Tap "Kanji Progress" on the home screen to try it out.
• Various bugfixes and improvements, including fixes for "Mark as Read" button responsiveness, more reliable flashcard integration, dictionary lookup improvements, and more.

2.3.1 contains various bugfixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

weeabooinjapan ,

The best app for learning through immersion

I have been using immersion as my main method of studying Japanese for some time now. Manabi is the best app to assist with this. There is content pulled automatically from popular Japanese websites like 2ch and rocket news, I can simply tap a word to see it's definition or how to read it and to create a flashcard for it. You can even use pages that are not included in the app or pull content from the clipboard. I have been using Manabi to assist me in reading a web version of my favorite light novel series and it has been a big help to quickly learn the words that I don't already know.

It would be really great if there were more content sources included in the app like animeanime (Japanese anime news site) or syosetu (web novel site) but since content can be added from a URL or from the clipboard it's not such a big deal however it would be more convenient. I love this app and I definitely recommend it for anyone learning Japanese through immersion.

Otootouto ,

Really convenient reading practice

Trying to read Japanese above my level usually kicks my ass. Switching back and forth between a dictionary, scratching kanji into something to identify it. This is a whole lot better than messing around with all that

Merskarte ,

Help you learn Japanese

This app help you finding kanji yomikata and meaning in reading japanese news. There are all level japanese articles. Must try for those who are learning Japanese!

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