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 furigana (which you can easily toggle on and off) and if you click on any word the definition will be shown at the top.
  2. If you have the app running, you can view Japanese text on any other app which allows for text selection and then if you click on the three dots one of the options will be to share to Kata, which will take your selected text and display it in the Kata app with the same functionality (furgiana and the ability to click any word to see its definition). Alternatively, you can share the entire page with the Android Share option.
  3. You can save words to flashcards and export them to AnkiDroid.

IMHO, reading has always been one of the most difficult aspects of learning Japanese and this app is a great help with that. If anyone knows of a similar iOS app, let me know and I’ll add it as well.

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