"If you only buy one kanji app, this should be it..."
"The recognition is really good, it's like magic"
"Apps like Japanese My Way make owning an iPad a real pleasure and a great learning tool."
Japanese My Way is a dictionary, flash card and kanji writing (with stroke recognition!) application for Japanese language learning and reference.
Japanese My Way comprises of a 6,500+ kanji dictionary, a 160,000+ word dictionary and 150,000+ sample sentences, entries of which can be added to flash decks for training. You can create and manage your own flash decks to learn the kanji, vocabulary and grammar YOU want to learn.
Japanese My Way also employs a Leitner-SRS based card repetition system showing you the cards you got wrong more often for faster and more efficient learning.
Flash cards are easy to play, just look at the card and then swipe your finger across the screen to turn the card over and see the correct answer. You can also choose which conjugation you wish to practice.
Japanese My Way also includes a unique kanji and kana stroke checker. Write the kanji on screen with your finger and the stroke checker will check it for accuracy and either pass or fail you based on how close you were.
New to version 2.0 are drag+drop games to build kanji and words. Drag and drop radicals from a selection onto their slots to build kanji and see if you're correct. Drag+drop kanji to build compound words from their component kanji. But beware, JMW will find kanji that 'look' similar to the one you're looking for to make it more difficult! ;-)
New to version 3.0, a complete redesign of the user interface. Now you are placed directly into the dictionary for instant reference. The previous gaudy colors have now been replaced with a simpler and more aesthetic color scheme.
New to version 4.0, our most requested feature. Full cloud support for synchronization of flash decks and progress not only across devices but across applications too! You can now use Japanese My Way to look words and kanji up in the dictionary while you are in class, add it directly to your flash decks, and then on the way home, grab your bluetooth headset, switch over to our Hands-Free Sensei application and practice the vocab in the car on the drive back. When you get home, you can grab your iPad and switch over to Kanji Renshuu and then practice writing the new kanji in the context of full sample sentences!
See it In Action
To see Japanese My Way in action, check out our tutorial videos on YouTube by searching for 'Rakudasoft'.
Write your kanji on the screen with your finger and the stroke checker will check your kanji/kana stroke order and positioning.
Leitner-SRS card based repetition system for faster more efficient learning.
Full 160,000+ word dictionary so you'll never be missing a word you want to practice.
150,000+ sample sentences fully cross referenced with the dictionary.
6,500+ kanji database including animated stroke drawings fully cross-referenced into the dictionary so you can find all words that use a particular kanji.
Pick the conjugation you want to practice in flash cards not just the dictionary form.
NOTE: This application is not designed to 'teach' you Japanese step-by-step, but is meant to accompany a serious course of study.
NOTE: Please, please, please. If you are having issues, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to address them. With so many versions of iOS and devices now, there it's impossible to test on them all, but we are dedicated to fixing any issues quickly. Thank you.
Fixed font sizing bug that was sometimes causing text to not display fully.
Ratings and Reviews
Perfect Companion for Students
I'm a student of Japanese taking evening classes and have been looking for an application that has everything I need in one place. This application has it all and the great part is, it's only 3 bucks. I almost didn't buy because of a couple of bad reviews, but after using the application I can only imagine these people didn't even bother to use the application. I use this application along with my class textbook to create my own lists for studying and then drill the vocab for that week using the flash cards and drill the kanji using the writing (which is great, since it checks your drawing and gives you a grade!). The dictionary is great too, as you can get sample sentences for any of the words you're looking at which really helps with grammar, and at any point you can add it to one of your decks too. I agree with the one reviewer that it did take a while to get to grips with all the features of the application, but it was definitely worth the time. Fully recommended for anyone who is taking a Japanese class like myself.
Incredible for the price
Absolutely love the dictionary. Very complete. Also, I love being able to make flash cards of the vocabulary words, and deciding if they need to be spelled out or if they can just be flipped for the answer. The other students in my class have decided to purchase this app as well. It just makes studying so incredibly convenient.
The only thing I would add would be to the flash card game, the option to automatically remove cards that you get correct 3 times in a row, like an Elimination game. You can pick and choose which cards you flash now, and you can stop the game and check your percentage of how many you got right, but it would be nice if the app did that automatically, so that you could focus more on the cards you do not know rather than keep repeating the cards you do.
Have an entire stack of flashcards that the other students want, but I am not sure if it is possible to share cards. Would be a nice feature. Otherwise, this app is worth much, much more than what it costs.
Studying Japanese? Get this now.
I've studied Japanese seriously for 8 years out of the past 15. In college, while living there, occasionally when the mood struck me...and although I can speak well, I'm still functionally illiterate. Anyone who knows Japanese knows that, without kanji, you really can't get the vocabulary necessary to really advance. So when I speak, it flows well, but I'm trapped into sounding like an uneducated high school student. All this would have been different if I had had this app on an ipad so many years ago. I'm sure I'd be watching kurosawa films in the original and chuckling at the refined wordplay. Ok..probably not.
What's amazing is that there is really no reason reason for me to study kanji right now - don't live there, job, career, relationship, travel. But here I am tracing out kanji and covering gaps that have plagued me for a long time. Keeps the brain fresh. Suddenly, I'm enthusiastic about studying Kanji. Yeah..reread that one again.
While the help and explanation of features is still a work in progress, the developer responded to my question with a detailed answer within hours.
and lastly...2.99 for the ipad app. Ridiculous how much other language ipad apps - all languages, not just Japanese.
I think this is only the second app I've been motivated to write about. I love studying kanji..anything or anyone that can make that happen deserves some recognition. I'm looking forward to this only getting better.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.