Obenkyo (Android)

Learn Japanese hiragana, katakana and kanji, and test yourself by drawing, or multiple choice. This application helps you memorize:

  • Japanese syllabary :Katakana & Hiragana, with flash card, keyboard, or drawing recognition
  • Numbers, in romaji, Hiragana, or kanji
  • 2300+ japanese kanji’s (level 1-5 JLPT or Jouyou 1-7) with stroke animation (source KanjiVG), translation, readings (Source KanjiDict) with flash card and drawing game.
  • 14600+ japanese words (in

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Satori Reader

Satori Reader provides carefully curated, intermediate level content with which to practice and grow. With thoughtfully annotated articles spanning a variety of interesting subject matter and a unique system that presents content in a manner appropriate to your knowledge, it bridges the gap between the controlled, textbook Japanese that most students start with and the wide-open world of real-life, native communication. Each article is carefully … [ Read more ]


Jisho is a powerful Japanese-English dictionary. It lets you find words, kanji, example sentences and more quickly and easily.

Enter any Japanese text or English word in the search box and Jisho will search a myriad of data for you. You can enter an entire sentence in Japanese or even perform a multi-word search with a mix of English and Japanese. If you enter longer Japanese … [ Read more ]

Manabi Reader (iOS)

Expand your Japanese vocabulary and comprehension by getting in the habit of reading short, native content daily. Manabi Reader makes it easy to jump into interesting native reading material without having to worry about your level: just one tap on any word you don’t know to see its reading and definition.

Don’t waste time trying to find engaging reading material—a curated selection of news feeds, online … [ Read more ]

Furigana Toggle (Firefox Addon)

This addon will let you toggle furigana on pages that have it embedded. That is of only limited use as a lot of sites in Japanese won’t have furigana embedded. Generally speaking, IPA furigana (Firefox, Chrome), which adds furigana to pages that don’t already have it supported, would be the better alternative but that only allows you to toggle the furigana on and … [ Read more ]

IPA furigana (Firefox Addon)

This is a port of the useful and popular Chrome extension for Firefox. It looks up the readings for kanji words and inserts them as furigana.

IPA furigana (Chrome Extension)

A browser extension allowing the injection of phonetic annotations for Japanese text (furigana) on the fly. Uses the IPADIC Japanese dictionary.

  • Works locally in your browser – no external server required
  • Automatically detects pages where furigana insertion is possible
  • Can switch between displaying the readings as hiragana, katakana or romaji
  • Persistent mode – extension will add furigana to all pages automatically until turned off
  • Customizable

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Rikaikun (Chrome Extension)

Rikaikun is a port of the popular Rikaichan Firefox browser addon (now supplanted by Rikaichamp) for Chrome. Install it and you can easily translate Japanese by hovering over words (they’ll be translated in a pop up). If you hit shift/enter, you’ll see some information about the first Kanji.

Rikaichamp (Firefox Addon)

If you’ve been around a while you may remember the fantastic Rikaichan browser extension. That is no longer supported but this is a successor to it. Install this if you use Firefox to look up Japanese words with the hover of a mouse.

After enabling the add-on from the toolbar (or press Alt+R) simply hover over Japanese text and a popup displays corresponding dictionary definitions. Use … [ Read more ]

やさしい日本語 | Easy Japanese Grammar lessons

“Easy Japanese” is a program of Japanese language lessons produced by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. You can learn basic grammar and useful expressions through lessons designed in audio-drama style. You can download audio and texts for the lessons free of charge.

The heroine of the story is Anna, a 20-year-old Thai student who loves Japanese manga. She has come to Japan to learn … [ Read more ]

NHK News Web Easier

NHK News Web Easier provides content for people wishing to learn Japanese, in the form of text, voice and video.

NHK News Web is the online newspaper edited by NHK (日本放送協会), Japan’s public broadcasting company. News Web Easy is a version targeted at children with simpler words, kanji and sentence structures, and with furigana (振り仮名).

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Reajer gives you access to real, authentic Japanese literature. Each Reajer bilingual text is a standalone unit featuring a short story, an essay, or selected poems, which can be used independently from any other unit in the series. The original Japanese texts are all in the public domain (all the other materials on the website are copyrighted by Dan Bornstein). The Japanese texts are presented … [ Read more ]

Kata (片) — Japanese Text Segmentation Android App

Kata is a Japanese reader for Android that auto segregates Japanese text (kanji, katakana, hiragana) on your phone and gets the translation while showing furigana above kanji. It is free with no ads.

I haven’t played with this a lot, but it seems like a great tool for three things.

  1. You can read NHK news (easy or regular) directly in the app. All kanji already have

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Mazii is a Japanese dictionary and translation tool available online or via app. which support camera (app), voice, and handwriting input. Features include:

  • Look up vocabulary in Japanese, English, romaji, hiragana
  • Online pronunciation, transliteration with kanji, romaji and hiragana
  • Separate Japanese sentences, translate Japanese into English or English into Japanese
  • Look up Japanese grammar
  • Look up kanji, full of information about kanji including meaning, how

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LangCorrect was released as the new Lang-8 alternative at the end of October. For those of you missing the learning style of Lang-8, this could be for you. Lang-8 was used to share writing posts and have them corrected by others to see what mistakes were made. Although some things have been changed around, the basic idea is the same.

After setting up an account, you … [ Read more ]

Steven Kraft’s Japanese Projects

Take a look around this site and you will find a ton of great resources. The first two sections shown on Kraft’s site focus on verb and adjective conjugation practice. You can select which individual conjugation form you would like to practice or choose the randomized option. The system will then generate a verb and conjugation combination that you will have to come up with … [ Read more ]

セサミストリート日本公式 (Sesame Street Dubbed into Japanese)

Who didn’t love watching this iconic and endearing TV program as a kid? Believe it or not, they’re still making new episodes. They’re also translating segments into Japanese and releasing them weekly! Now’s your chance to watch your old favorite in Japanese. Learning and enjoying your study time is the best combination.

These shortened episodes include some characters you may remember, like Elmo and Cookie Monster. … [ Read more ]

Marshall’s Blog

Marshall’s Blog is a not-for-profit website to help people learn Japanese. It was created by Marshall Yin, a student living in Tokyo who has himself been learning Japanese as a second language for ten years. The site is packed with vocabulary lists, grammar explanations, and quizzes, all organized according to JLPT level. While the lessons and forum are accessible to everyone, you’ll need to create … [ Read more ]

Konnichiwa Podcast

This delightful podcast is hosted by three bilingual speakers of Japanese and English—My, Dan, and Yurie. They cover a wide range of topics, including culture, current events, and travel, mixed in with anecdotes from their own lives. If you’re looking for some Japanese listening practice that is both fun and accessible, this podcast is definitely worth a listen.

The podcast is decidedly bilingual, and this is … [ Read more ]