The most ATTRACTIVE and ENGAGING mobile game out there to study Japanese kanji and vocabulary! !

Track your progress while you actually enjoy learning over 1000 kanji and 6000 common words, from JLPT N5 up to N2. (Two sets of 25 JLPTN5 kanji are unlocked by default, and just a single in-app purchase unlocks ALL the other levels!)

The Kanji Connect app also provides reference lists for each kanji, listing its meanings, readings and common compounds.

*Try the online Flash version of this and other educational Japanese language games at the following website:


- “Of all the kanji apps I have, I use this the most because it’s actually fun to study with”

- "Jewel of an app - I really like this game. It stands out from all the other generic ones that just flashcard the dictionary at you."

- “As a serious student of Japanese here on Tokyo, it's great to find a fresh and fun way to engage with kanji. The game is challenging and addictive - key points for staying motivated!”

- “This game is simple but perfect”

- “I got back into studying kanji thanks to this game - sure is better than flashcards! “


1) Options to have either the kanji (4x4) or the hiragana (5x5) in the grid.

2) Review list after each game, tracking progress of each word with colored star system.

3) Reference flashcards display information for each kanji - form, readings, meanings, and useful example compounds.

4) Main screen shows grid overview of all kanji in current level, just tap to see flashcard view. Shading of grid intuitively indicates progress through each kanji's compounds.

This package uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC dictionary files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, and are used in conformance with the Group's licence.

What’s New

Version 1.9

- Fixed bug in AIRv19 that caused app to crash.

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**If you like Kanji Connect, please rate via the 'Settings' page! :)

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

FennelFox ,

Fantastic way to learn kanji, but two things to improve

I agree with other reviewers who say this is the best way they’ve found to learn kanji! I majored in Japanese in college and wanted to pick it up again. I downloaded this app and every time I use it, I wish I had had it back then!

I’m giving it only four stars for two reasons. The first is that for words with a ton of different meanings, like 分ける and 出す, the font gets much too small to read. I think the app was programmed to make the text fit into each flash card, instead of creating a scroll.

The second is that I would like to see the JLPT n1 kanji added. Without them, the app feels incomplete, and I want to use it for studying all the kanji I need to know. I do think it would be fair to charge extra for this level.

FoggyPlanet ,

Best kanji learning tool I have found

I love the elegant simplicity of this learning method. It is also quite enjoyable in the game format. I hope the developer keeps up the good work!

The only thing I would request would be when you tap on the character for more information if it also showed something explaining the parts of each character to help me understand its origin. And maybe a picture to help remember it. I use other resources for this so it would be nice for lazy people like me to have it all in this app :p I’d gladly pay more for it.

But the most important part of the app (the quizzing game) is excellent and perfect for iOS. Thank you developer!!!

Whisketjunket ,

Good price but not a great learning tool

I think for three dollars you’re getting a lot of content, and you can try out the first two levels for free. The game format works nicely. I think that this could be a good learning tool.

However the content is presented in a confusing order. It doesn’t start off with the simpler congee in level one, but seems to select randomly. So I am learning things like the number eight, which is easy, and things like annuity or pension, which really seem surprising to be in a level one category at all. There’s also a big emphasis on multi simple country, things like “for a period of four months”, which seems like it should build on little things like four and months. Neither of which were introduced separately.

I think the problem is that instead of marking everything as unknown to you and having you learn them, everything starts off marked as green as if you know them, and it randomly picks from them. And then you get stuff wrong, so it goes towards red, so you see those same ones over and over again.

It’s not presenting the Kanji in an order that helps me learn them.

Developer Response ,

Hi WhisketJunket,
Thanks for your feedback, hopefully I can clear up a few things. The kanji are presented in sublevels of the JLPT levels, with 25 per set. The kanji are presented from simplest to hardest - but some compound words made up from simple kanji aren't necessarily the simplest/highest frequency words. For example, you mention the word for pension ('年金’、ねんきん) is included at the early level - that is because it is made up of two basic kanji, 'year' & 'money', and uses common readings, so to me it feels like a satisfying and transparent item. All compound words given as examples for each kanji only include kanji from the current set and below, making all the examples decodable for users at the current level.
Hopefully with these things in mind, you can feel more satisfied using Kanji Connect.


Oliver Rose
73.2 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013 Oliver Rose
In-App Purchases
  1. Unlock all sets for $2.99


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