I started developing this app in 2010, to get me through JLPT, and it has been updated ever since. If I needed a feature, I added it. If it bugged, I unbugged. Most of my Japanese was probably learnt (on rush-hour, Tokyo trains) using this very app. Made by a learner for learners. Thanks for your support!
◆ Writing Tutor
View 6500+ kanji/kana interactive stroke order animations and be guided how to write each one. When ready, test your skills in study mode.
◆ Full Dictionary
Drawing from a database of over a million entries including place names, given names, company names, kanji and examples. Search using romaji, kana or SKIP. Full breakdown of kanji showing radicals, particles, similar kanji and compound nouns. Example sentences are broken down phrase by phrase, word by word.
8000 words spoken by a native speaker (as opposed to "not quite right" synthesised audio) covering the complete N1-N5 vocabulary. Auto-repeat audio for perfect pronunciation.
◆ SRS Leitner Study Method + Calendar = Awesomeness
Just set a future date and let the scheduler tell you when and what to study, everyday. No setup required.
Copy/paste Japanese text and have the words auto-translated into detailed flashcards.
◆ RSS News Feed
Read today's headlines in Japanese, translated into furigana and English definitions ready for study.
Complete kanji and vocabulary required for the JLPT exams (N1 to N5), school grade kanji (grades 1 to 9), kana and joyo kanji (new and old).
◆ Highly Detailed
All kanji, radicals, particles, words, compounds, similar looking kanji, and examples are "tapable" linking you to something new - save anything along the way and make new decks.
◆ Full 2-way dictionary.
◆ A beautiful, free scrolling "map" interface
◆ 6500+ interactive kanji animations + writing trainer
◆ Complete JLTP 1-5 vocabulary and kanji decks
◆ Hiragana and Katakana decks
◆ Human audio for N1-N5 vocabulary (8000+ words)
◆ Translate any text into furigana and English
◆ Live RSS Japanese news feed for new content everyday
◆ Details for 6355 kanji: radicals, elements, SKIP, dict codes, etc.
◆ Detailed breakdown of example sentences
◆ "Similar" kanji display
◆ Adjustable SRS study algorithm
◆ Rolling progress chart
◆ iCloud background syncing - easily edit decks on your Mac
◆ All data is hyper-linked
◆ Freely create your own decks
◆ Edit, delete and move cards between decks
◆ In-app import (no need for iTunes)
◆ External keyboard support
◆ Extensive options
◆ Rock solid; loved and looked after by a kanji geek since 2009
◆ Full and detailed help
◆ No ads, downloads or "RATE ME!!!"
◆ Ridiculously good support
◆ Universal app. iOS12+. Compatible with all models.
"The only way I'd be more satisfied with this app is if it could just transmit the info directly into my brain.". App Store review.
Web + user guide: www.stickystudy.com
The SKIP system for ordering kanji was developed by Jack Halpern (www.kanji.org), and is used with his permission.
KanjiVG (animations) copyright Ulrich Apel.
I'm Justin. I moved to Japan in 2002 and I'm married to my Japanese wife (lovingly called "Spellchecker"). I've taken the JLPT tests up to N1 (yes, I was there) using this app. I speak, read and write Japanese fluently and I'm an overactive developer (nearly 40 years) who just can't turn his computer off and lead a normal life.
Minor tweak for when writing kanji during study.
Ratings and Reviews
Best vocab/kanji app on the App Store
This app is hands down the best kanji/vocabulary app on the App Store. Has more features than a Swiss Army knife.
One thing I wish tho is if it had (maybe as an add on IAP) more example sentences using the vocabulary words and kanji, that
way you could learn grammar too.
I also wish there was the option for the English translation of the example sentences to be turned off... maybe by tap to show?
Otherwise tho this app is the best... I am still discovering awesome features like the news section which takes current news headlines in Japanese and gives furigana and dictionary definitions for each word.
If you only purchase one app for learning Japanese from the App Store, make it this one.
Update: The developer is very active and helpful if you have any questions or need any help.... I had a problem where I accidentally deleted the JLPT Vocab N4 deck the app came with and he promptly emailed me back and told me that the “restore to original” button in settings will restore the deck back. Kudos to the developer for excellent customer service. :)
Best app for kanji learning on phone
This app will take you from no kanji to however far you are willing to go. I love that I can import my own lists, drill components and browse cards quickly by stack and list type.
In my case, am relaying on stories to remember the kanji (Heisig RTK). The components drill downs help me tie it all out. And import allows you to bring your stories if you have them already (I took an Anki deck with stories, exported it and imported the kanji and stories into this app).
Also love that I can have a screen full of Flashcards (makes them more tangible). For Kanji learning on phone this is the best app I’ve found.
Killer features and great developer
I’ve tried at least a dozen apps to complement my formal and informal Japanese studies, and this stands out for its efficiency at studying both how to read and how to write. The writing practice and stroke order visualization in particular really demonstrate a lot of craftsmanship. This and Quizlet win home screen slots for me.
The developer, Justin, is also great. He responds to suggestions, continuously improves the app (that I gather he still uses himself), and is really responsive if you encounter a bug. I pointed out a glitch in recent update and a fix was on the store in a day!
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- Justin Nightingale
- 513.8 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
English, French, Japanese
- Age Rating
- © Justin Nightingale
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.