Here’s a collection of FREE Japanese iOS & Android Apps in no particular order. (Some might have in-app purchases). Pass along and share with the Japanese learning world. Even better, add suggestions; I am but 1 person!
Ameba - Ameba is a Japanese blog network… not really a learning tool… but it CAN BE, if you use it that way. Start your own blog in Japanese, find native speakers, read others’ blogs to boost your Japanese. The value is there if you look for it.
Anki - AnkiDroid Flashcards - Yes, the world famous SRS flashcard system. I added it here because it’s free but paid for iOS. Amazing app and a must have for drilling and learning words/kanji effectively.
WordPower Japanese - Like the iOS version. It’s biggest benefit is the word of of the day. Learn a new word every day - it reminds you. Very easy. Use it like that and it’s a good supplement without extra baggage.
Aries: 良薬口に苦し (eng. advice most needed is the least heeded)
Taurus: 愚公山を移す (eng. faith can move mountains)
Gemini: 鳥なき里の蝙蝠 (eng. in the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king)
Cancer: 七転び八起き (eng. fall down seven times, get up eight times)
Leo: 亀の甲より年の功 (eng. years know more than books)
Virgo: 継続は力なり (eng. persevere and never fear)
Libra: 角を矯めて牛を殺す (eng. the remedy is often worse than the disease)
Scorpio: 早い者勝ち (eng. first come, first served)
Sagittarius: 虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず (eng. if you don’t enter the tiger’s cave, you won’t catch its cub)
Capricorn: 苦あれば楽あり (eng. after rain comes fair weather)
Aquarius: 能ある鷹は爪を隠す (eng. the talented hawk hides its claws)
Pisces: 艱難にあって初めて真友を知る (eng. friends are known first in hardships)
物言えば·唇寒し·秋の風 – mono ieba kuchibiru samushi aki no kaze – it is better to leave many things unsaid
Bashō based this haiku on an old Chinese proverb. Translated literally it says, “When I speak, my lips feel cold, autumn wind blowing.” Alternatively, “When you speak ill of another person, evil will overtake you.”
Quote of the day:
井の中の蛙大海を知らず。 (I no naka no kawazu taikai wo shirazu)
Literally: A frog in a well does not know the great sea.
This means: People are satisfied to judge things by their own narrow experience, never knowing of the wide world outside.