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Learn basic kanji through kanji words:
GENKI Kanji Cards is a digital card app that helps users become able to recognize 317 basic kanji by studying more than 1,100 kanji words at their own pace!

This is the second official iPhone app to be released for “GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese,” a best-selling series of Japanese learning materials boasting more than 1.2 million copies sold.

◆ Users can view the cards as they like, enabling them to study at their own pace.
◆ By repeating a process of memorization and self-checking, learners can master readings of kanji words and recognition of basic kanji.
◆ Cards already mastered are progressively removed from the card deck, so users can concentrate on just the kanji that challenge them, making for a more efficient approach to learning.

Study methods and functions
◇ “MyDeck” allows users to view the cards over and over, so they can take their time learning.
・Users memorize the kanji by freely displaying or hiding each card’s kanji word or reading.
・Basic information on the target kanji is provided on the back of each card.
・Fun illustrations and mnemonic hints help users to better retain the kanji studied.
(The illustrations and hints are taken from the very popular learning resource “Kanji Look and Learn.”)
◇ “Check” helps learners to track their mastery.
・Users check their understanding of the cards studied and sort them into those mastered and those not yet retained.
・Retention can be checked by going from Reading to Kanji, or vice-versa.
・The cards already mastered are taken out of the set, leaving behind just those that still need to be worked on.

◇ “List” displays a list of all the words and kanji covered by the app so that users can see their progress and review them.
・In the lists arranged in lesson order, a-i-u-e-o order, or alphabetical order, checkmarks are automatically placed next to words that have been mastered. The cards can be displayed from the list entries, enabling quick review.
・Kanji information on the cards can be displayed from the entries in the On/Kun list.

○This app is based on the second edition of GENKI.
○Ads: The app does not display any ads that might interfere with learning.

What's New

Version 3.0.0

Fixed display problem due to iOS update.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Very Good. You could search words in List function, too


It’s very good for a fresh card. It needs kanji search function with romaji and hiragana input. It would be very useful if the search result shows a kanji with chapter numbers.

This is a follow up review:
I’ve just discovered that the List function works like a dictionary. First, go to List function. Then list all the kanji reading worlds in English or Japanese to find the word, After tapping the word, you can check the flash card for kanji, hiragana, meaning, and lesson(or chapter) numbers.

Great Companion to Book


I am in an accelerated Japanese class, (1 year of Japanese crammed into 12 weeks) that uses the Genki text. I have this app and the Genki vocab app and they are both fantastic. I literally deleted all other apps that I spend too much time on, (Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) because I want to use my Genki apps instead. If your class uses Genki and you are serious about learning Japanese, get both apps. がんばって!

Really Solid Kanji App


This application greatly assists in learning the 317 kanji of the Genki books. I was surprised by how colorful, organized, and fluid the app is, as most of the kanji apps out there are either buggy or boring, and this app keeps things challenging. Of all the kanji apps out there I greatly recommend this app. It's good quality and provides you a smooth experience to satiate your love and learning for kanji!!


178.7 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© The Japan Times, Ltd.


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