Android Apps for Learning Kanji
I should preface this by saying I don’t have an android device BUT I
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?