Learn the Japanese kanji!
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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).
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.
Four multiple choice drills or tests on meanings, On-yomi (Chinese readings) and Kun-yomi (Japanese readings)
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 test.
Reading actual texts is by far the best way to learn the written language,
but flashcard programs have always been useful tools.
This iPhone 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 memorization 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 iPhone version of the Java applet "Memorize Japanese kanji" that has been freely available since 2001 at
The Flashcards / Review mode
Depending on your choice in the panel "Kanji 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.
Suggestion on how to use the flashcards:
1) In the Kanji range selection panel Select the range of kanji you want to concentrate on.
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/exercises, 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 iPhone/iPod/iPad,
The drills / tests
The application offers four types of multiple choice questions or tests (MCQ).
1) The Meanings 1 MCQ displays 4 kanji.
2) The Meanings 2 MCQ displays 1 kanji and 4 sets of meanings from which to choose from.
3) The Kun-yomi and On-yomi MCQs display 1 kanji and ask you to choose the correct reading(s).
Whenever you make a mistake, you can have a look at the corresponding card with a touch on the eye icon.
You can do the same with the correct answer, display the corresponding card and mark the kanji as known if you wish to exclude it from future exercices.
You will be able to resume any interrupted exercise where you left it, even if it is killed by the system when it needs more memory.
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 tests, 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.
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).
You will have to tap its icon to bring it up again.
You will be able to resume any interrupted drill.
Ergonomy is better on small devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch, as you can go through the exercices using only one hand and one finger.
On the other hand, tablets like the iPad offer the possibility to run the app in full-screen mode, which improves both legibility and readability.
settings / Reset
In this version "settings" are limited to resetting the database.
Even if you quit the application you will be able to resume any unfinished drill where you have left it.
When a drill is completed it is automatically reinitialized when you return to the Top menu.
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.