Asahi Kanji application for Android™
(English version 1.3)
A tool for reviewing and memorizing Japanese characters, ordered according to the 5 levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N5 to N1) or the Jōyō Kanji, + radicals (bushu) and primitive elements.
Hardware: A device with a touch screen.
Software: Minimum Android version 2.2
- A typical stack of flashcards for all Jōyō kanji (2141 kanji, 2010 official list) and the
5 levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N5 to N1), 259 radicals (bushu) and primitive elements.
- Choice of the JLPT or Jōyō Kanji order.
- Display can be toggled on and off for all panels (kanji, meanings, On-yomi, Kun-yomi and sample compounds.
- Eight multiple choice drills on meanings, On-yomi (Chinese readings) and Kun-yomi (Japanese readings), radicals and elements.
- Choice of the range of kanji you want to concentrate on.
- Possibility to mark known kanji in order to exclude them from the tests.
- Encore! (a stack of cards populated with the wrong answers from the tests)
- Report displaying your score for each drill.
Reading actual texts is by far the best way to learn the written language,
but flashcard programs have always been useful tools.
This Android app will help you get a sense of how much you already know, brush up on your Japanese, and prepare for a test.
We also believe that a certain amount of rote learning is a necessity when it comes to studying the kanji.
This app was thus conceived as a reviewing tool or a drill tool.
It is designed for students who have already started to learn Japanese. It is
therefore assumed that you can read katakana and hiragana signs.
This application is the Android version (with added functions) of the Java applet "Drill the kanji" that has been freely available since 2001 at
Radicals (bushu) and elements
A list of 259 radicals and elements, a flashcards stack and four multiple choice drills. For more details, please read the specific presentation page:
The Flashcards / Review mode
Suggestion on how to use the flashcards:
1) In the Drill range selection panel select the range of kanji you want to concentrate on.
2) In the Flashcards panel hide the meanings and examples and flip through the cards.
If you think you know the displayed kanji, mark it as "known"
with a touch on the +/- icon (toggle).
Kanji marked as "known" will be excluded from the On, Kun and Meanings drills, until you reset them to the "unknown" state, either individually or in a batch in the Settings panel.
Your choices will be saved in the database and you can safely turn off your device.
Depending on your choice in the panel "Drill range selection", these flashcards will follow the Jōyō Kanji order or the order of the five levels of the
Japanese Language Proficiency Test
There are 2141 cards in the database.
Each card displays a kanji, its meaning(s), its common On and Kun readings and up to three compound
You can toggle the visibility of items on the cards with a touch on the various panels.
The drills or practice tests
In the "Encore!" stack, you will find
kanji you should concentrate on.
As you go through the drills, the program memorizes the wrong choices you made,
together with the kanji you should have chosen.
The behavior of the cards is the same as in the Flashcards / Review stack : you will be
able to hide or display the meanings and examples with a touch on the panels (toggle).
You can also mark kanji as "known" in order to exclude them from future drills, until you reset them to the "unknown" state.
The cards in the Encore stack are displayed in an endless loop, whether you use the Next or Previous buttons.
Their order is randomized each time you open this activity.
The Reset button enables you to empty the Encore! stack of cards.
The Report panel displays the results of completed drills only.
In this version your scores are not saved automatically. If the application is killed by the system when it needs more memory for another task, the displayed data will be erased.
Therefore, if you wish to keep track of your progress, you must save your scores as an email message. Asahi Kanji will launch your default mail program and populate a message with your results.
You can save this message as a draft on your device or send it to yourself.
This application has no access to your address book and you will have to fill in the mailing address yourself.
When your default mail program is launched Asahi Kanji is sent to the background (it disappears).
After saving your scores use your device Back button to return to Asahi Kanji.
You will be able to resume any interrupted drill.
Android devices screens come in all sizes, densities and proportions and changing font sizes is best done by the system itself.
You can increase the font size in Settings / Accessibility / check "Large Text".
In the Flashcard and Encore! drills you can mark or unmark the radicals cards as "known" with a tap on the +/- icon.
Radicals marked as known are then excluded from the drills.
After you reset the whole stack of cards to the "unknown" state, all radicals will again be included in the drills.
Mobile phones are not computers and the telephony function has a priority over this application.
This application can be killed by the system in case of low memory in order to let you receive and give phone calls, play a video, etc.
In that case, it will save its state and when you restart it, you should be able to resume any drills where you have left them.
As is customary, the On readings (the Chinese readings or on-yomi)
are given in katakana and the Kun readings (the Japanese readings or
kun-yomi) in hiragana. If a kanji is a verb stem, the inflectional endings
(usually written in hiragana after the kanji) are shown in parenthesis. A kanji
may have many meanings or interpretations. Due to lack of space, only the most common meanings are
shown. One to three examples are given for each kanji. These examples can be
either common compounds or common expressions. We limited ourselves to frequent
compounds or uses of the kanji, which explains the blanks.
Project design and development: Roger Meyer
Proofreading of the Japanese data: Akemi Sano, Keiko Higuchi
Last update: April 2013