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Wakaru - Learn Japanese by reading

By Miho Matsuoka

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Wakaru is a powerful study aid, exclusively created for learners of the Japanese language.

Wakaru is equipped with a fully functional WEB BROWSER and an EBOOK READER. It can help to make reading and deciphering Japanese text with its robust search algorithm, enabling you to lookup any word simply by touching and highlighting them. An elegant pop-up displaying the readings as well as the definitions appear without interrupting your flow of reading. You can also save words and review them later with the built-in flashcards module.
The ebook reader is versatile and allows vertical and horizontal direction of Japanese text layout, various font sizes, customisable text, background colours and textures as well as proper support for Ruby annotations to display furigana for documents that provide them.
Wakaru comes built-in with the following dictionaries:

•Japanese-English Dictionary (165,000 entries)

•Japanese-French Dictionary (15,000 entries)

•Japanese Proper Names Dictionary (700,000 entries)

The built-in iOS Dictionary can be accessed directly from the app. In addition to that, you can also make cross references in several web dictionaries, namely:

•Google Translate

•Goo jisho


You can also jump into a wide range of other popular external dictionary applications directly from Wakaru, making full use of other dictionaries you own. Wakaru currently supports:






•ウィズダム英和・和英辞典 (Wisdom)

•ウィズダム英和・和英辞典 2 (Wisdom 2)




•大辞林 (Daijirin)



Wakaru is integrated with two online Japanese libraries, Aozora Bunko and Hoshizora Bunko, allowing you to browse and download over a total of 18,000 free Japanese ebooks directly from the app. These ebooks can be sorted according to their kanji difficulty level to help you find text adapted to your Japanese level. You may also import your own text documents via copy and paste, through iTunes sharing or by downloading directly into the app using the built-in browser.

The ebook module is also be upgradable to open PDF documents via in-app purchase for only $3.99.

Video demo:
Retina display for iPhone (including iPhone 5) and iPad is supported.

Wakaru is rated 17+ simply because the built-in browser has unrestricted access to the Internet.
Wakaru uses the JMDICT ( and JMnedict dictionary files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group (, and are used in conformance with the Group's license (

What's New in Version 2.4.1

Solve compatibility issue with iOS9


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Customer Reviews


This app is perfect for anyone who wants to polish their Japanese. Not only does it give you easy access to extensive libraries of Japanese literature, you can generate customized flash card sets while reading (and add your own notes to the flash cards, which is nice!). I still find myself moving a lot of my vocab drills to other Japanese study apps like KanjiBox, but studying wouldn't be nearly as fun without the context this app provides.

Excellent App for Students of Japanese

This is a dependable, well-designed app that is easy to use and loaded with valuable features for students of Japanese. For those of us who use multiple iOS devices, cloud-syncing capability would make both the e-reader and the flashcards even better, but even without this function the app is well worth the price.

Great app for reading Japanese

I'm really liking this app. It comes loaded with some good stories so you can get started without much hassle. The ebook reader is great and the web browser is pretty good too. Looking up words and saving them for later study is pretty smooth. Using this app has made my iPhone and iPad into a fun, effective tool for studying Japanese.

Wakaru - Learn Japanese by reading
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $6.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.4.1
  • Size: 130 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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