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Android Apps for Learning Kanji

I should preface this by saying I don’t have an android device BUT I

have

 used some of these apps on IOS and recommend them. Others come with recommendations on the Japanese resources pages of reddit and the community side of Tae Kim’s guide to grammar.

  • Wanikani, If I hadn’t already got about 1000 kanji into Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji before I heard of wanikani I definitely would’ve used it more- I tried it out and really loved it, but once you’ve committed to a learning system with mnemonics, it’s best not to muddy the waters and re-learn things using new mnemonics. I definitely think it’s worth serious consideration for new kanji learners. The app is free, but access to the wanikani site is $8 a month, some content is accessible for free when you sign up as a beta user though, so try the free content and see if it’s right for you.
  • Skritter, I’ve used this on iPad, I liked it- it’s simple to use, free and helped me to learn the right stroke order for quite a few kanji.
  • Anki, I use this all the time on mac and iphone, it’s really popular for a reason- it works. There are a wealth of user generated kanji decks to choose from and it lets you sync across platforms. Highly recommended.
  • Memrise, I use memrise on mac and iphone too, the interface is user friendly and it’s easy to make custom meme cards on a computer (this option is lacking from the iphone version I think, so I learn on mac and review on the go). It’s free and works using SRS like Anki, but offers some different content and supports learning using mnemonics better than Anki.


From here on I have not personally tried the apps- but I have tried to find ones from what people have said are their favourites and looked for the names that crop up over and over:

  • Obenkyo, I haven’t tried this, but it seems to be interlinked with Tae Kim’s guide to grammar (I hope officially) and so should support learners not only with kanji, but also with grammar as they develop their skills. It’s got a high rating on the android store from a TON of different users, so it seems pretty solid. (Here’s Tae Kim’s official android app, which I recommend for all learners, it’s free)
  • Kanji Read and Write, again, I haven’t had a chance to try this, but it comes with a 4.7 rating on the android store, so it might be worth investigating.
  • Kanji senpai also has good reviews.
  • JA Sensei (free) and JA audiobook (not free) were also mentioned, audiobooks in Japanese are hard to find for learners, so this might be worth trying out.

oujirain​ I hope this helps you. There are some other posts about apps if you search my blog for the apps tag, I know I’ve posted some android stuff before.


Followers: what are your favourite android apps for kanji study?

Another Anki Question

Does anyone know if there is a way to switch the way the cards show up for a whole deck? 

Like, my Korean deck currently has the Korean word show up first on the front. But, I want the English to show up first, and then the Korean when I flip it. 

I don’t want to have to switch the words on each individual card manually… So is there any way to switch the front and back of cards for a whole deck simultaneously, or to just change which side of a card is shown first?

anonymous asked:

Looking for some advice, I guess. I'm a high school junior (US) and am in my 3rd year of studying Japanese at my school. We have a good program with a fluent speaker teaching us, and I've definitely benefitted a lot from the past 2 years of class (I'd tried to learn Japanese on my own prior to taking the class, and I learned much more in a formal class setting). Now, however, I feel like I'm not learning enough. I understand grammar very well, but my vocabulary is minimal. [1]

With a limited vocabulary (consisting of pretty basic nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and maybe 100 kanji), I find communication to be really difficult (I have quite a few native Japanese friends who don’t speak English well enough to converse with me in it). We have a 4th year class, and I was planning in taking it when I started learning Japanese, but now I’m not sure if that would be the best course of action to take (the few 4th year students are lumped in with my class, btw). [2]:I’m trying to decide wether or not it would be best for me to continue learning in a class setting, or revert back to self-studying (I have been to Japan, and having native Japanese friends, I know a good chunk of what the 4th years are learning). Are there any ways of study (books, online sources) you could recommend for a serious learner looking to gain a larger vocabulary/study with more conversational language? [3]

Hi, thanks for this ask! I’m sorry that I haven’t replied sooner, I was away for a few days, but was thinking about it off and on.

I think the best course of action depends on what your future goals are, or might be, as well as how much you enjoy Japanese or find it rewarding. You sound quite motivated, so I’m going to assume that you find it a rewarding subject to study and that it enriches your life somehow.

If you have any plans to study Japanese at university (either major or minor) I think it’s a good idea to continue (however, I’m not from the US, so the expertise I have about university entrance is more relevant to UK students, I advise you to discuss any decision thoroughly with your parents, guidance counsellor and with your Japanese teacher too).

You say you know ‘a good chunk’ of what the fourth years are learning, this means there is some unknown knowledge to be gained from taking the course. You could (either independently or, better, collaboratively with your teacher) set additional learning goals whilst you cover familiar ground in the class, allowing you to move ahead of your peers. Here are some things you could do:

  • Use the time during easy topics to perfect your previously learned vocabulary, kanji and grammar. I’ve heard a lot of people at intermediate level say they really got a lot out of going back to basics and thoroughly reviewing everything from day one, as they filled in a lot of gaps and corrected knowledge they’d missed out on first time, giving them a much higher level of accuracy in the Japanese they were producing.
  • If your teacher is amenable, you could use the time to read in Japanese, thus furthering your vocabulary and allowing you to develop during class time, while your peers cover stuff you already know.
  • Set yourself additional kanji and vocabulary goals on top of the class materials, so that your knowledge is growing, while you use the class time to review the grammar points. Use the new kanji in any answers you write independently. If you talk to your teacher, depending on their workload, they may assign you extra work and tests, or if they’re too busy, maybe you can study a vocab list and then test yourself and just ask the teacher to quickly grade your test. They might still be too busy to do that, if they are then I pity them. If that’s the case you’d have to do it yourself, but even that would be additional practise, so wouldn’t be time wasted.
  • You can take on other small projects, either assessed or un-assessed, such as writing a diary in a notebook or on lang8 , translating or learning a simple song, writing to a penpal or learning about an aspect of Japanese culture.


To boost your vocabulary you can go several routes:

  • using Spaced Repetition Software (SRS) like Anki or Memrise will definitely help to quickly and effectively boost your vocabulary. There are tons of free flashcard decks. The advantage is that this method is probably the fastest way to learn, the disadvantage is that it is repetitive and requires a computer, or very systematic use of paper flashcards (I use paper cards as I try to avoid using the computer too much because of a spinal problem, so it can be done). Or you can buy store made flashcards:
  • Reading will help you to learn vocabulary in a way that is more holistic, as native speakers learn their native language this way. The Japanese Graded Readers series has some great books, perhaps your teacher knows of them, your school may even have copies (if I was teaching Japanese I’d definitely try to get a set for my classroom). 
  • If you need free resources then The Great Library is a good resource, you can print stuff out and take it to class, if you read everything search my ‘reading’ tag to find more free resources. The advantages to reading are that grammar is reinforced and you see words in a natural context, it builds and important exam skill (reading speed) and is fairly enjoyable, the disadvantages are that you may end up learning words that are not the most necessary for you to pick up and it takes more time.
  • Vocabulary drill books: you can get books like this,


this 


or this


which are specifically designed to help boost your vocabulary, they have practise exercises and the answers are included in a special booklet, so you can grade yourself. The school may have some already even. You could use these in class (not practical with SRS), so they may be a good option for you. You can also study using vocabulary lists from websites such as Tanos. If you want to buy a book, have a look at the vocabulary lists on Tanos to decide what JLPT level you’re approximately at and buy a book accordingly.

  • You could consider studying for the JLPT at N5 or N4 level to supplement what you’re doing in class- this would give you a goal to focus on and a deadline to work towards too, although you’d need to be careful not to sacrifice your GPA to the JLPT, as your GPA will be vital for going to college or whatever you’d like to d after high school.

I think you’re correct in your assessment that your vocabulary is what is holding back your ability to communicate, as soon as you get to high beginner or intermediate level vocabulary becomes one of the major factors in the progress of your learning.

You may decide that self study is the better route to go- perhaps there’s a subject you could take instead of Japanese which is more relevant to your college/future goals and if so, then it’s worth giving serious consideration to. What you enjoy and find fulfilling to study is also important to consider, as you’re more likely to work hard and do well in a subject you are engaged in than in a subject you don7t care for, or find irrelevant to your goals.

Ultimately I think an honest conversation about your feelings with your Japanese teacher and listening to their ideas and suggestions would be beneficial. Teachers want their students to be motivated and to be improving, most will be responsive if they see a student is taking charge of their own learning and shows initiative.