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 magazines, blogs, even folktales are collected here for you. You can of course also open any webpage in Manabi Reader to help you through it.

Make a habit out of getting your news in Japanese and you'll find your skills multiply. With even a few minutes each day, reading is essential to picking up Japanese. Memory is one of those things where it sticks best when you're having fun, so dive in!

• Read native texts.
• One-tap word lookups (with audio!).
• One-tap flashcard creation: memorize the words you look up.
• Automatic furigana.
• BYOC (bring your own content) via URL or copy/paste; or, choose from our curated selection of reading materials.
• Reddit category with aggregated Japanese articles and discussions.
• 3rd-party dictionary apps are supported.

What’s New

Version 1.12

• More dictionaries! Use the built-in iOS system dictionary (you'll need to add Japanese support via the Preferences app), or many of the 3rd-party Japanese dictionary apps you may already have on your device. Tap "Full Definition" to access these.
• Improved article typography and added missing article images.
• Fixes a crash.

The flashcards companion app, Manabi, is now live! Check it out in the App Store and start adding the words you read in Manabi Reader. You'll memorize them in no time.

Ratings and Reviews

DJ Chanko ,

Server issues

I would give this five stars as it’s a great learning resource and easy to look up readings and meanings as you go. Big issue is it is not connecting to the flash cards app often. Also the NHK news easy and others often not connect. Too many network errors.


John A Ehlke
647.1 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
Unrestricted Web Access
© 2018 John Alex Ehlke


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