7 Useful Apps for learning Japanese
Are you using any mobile apps to help your Japanese learning less challenging? Isn't it so convenient to have those apps as companions whenever and wherever you'd love to learn? In this article, to help you learn Japanese more effectively, we will select some apps and categorize them by functions to introduce to you!
Waku WakuPublished on 27 Nov 2020, 12:00
Let's start from the alphabet - "Japanese HIRAGANA Free"
This app helps you learn how to write and pronounce the basic "Hiragana" alphabet. You can practice writing their strokes in the right order, and get to know the corresponding commonly-used vocabulary formed with those letters. We highly recommend this app for fresh Japanese learners.
Let's expand your Japanese vocabulary!
Through these apps, you are able to acquire new words while having fun solving riddles. Vocabulary are categorized for specific use in different situations like business or traveling, hence it's very convenient for you when you need to seek for words that match the contexts.
In addition, you can also practice your pronunciation exactly the way native speakers do. These apps are suitable for beginners too.
Studying Kanji along with phonetic characters - "Furigana"
This tool allows you to add "Furigana" (the phonetic characters) to websites that display Japanese content using Kanji characters. Just copy and paste your text to the app and let it operate, it will automatically return you your text plus its Furigana version. Even when your device is not connected to the Internet, you can still access this app without problem.
Practicing conversational expressions with standard collocations and native accents - "Nemo Japanese"
You are able to learn the basic expressions used in daily conversations through the way native Japanese speak their language.
English translations are provided, so even if your Japanese is not fluent enough, you can still get the meaning of the conversations.
Besides, you can also record for voice so you can check your pronunciation later.
Looking up new words in dictionary - "Japanese"
This is a search engine that allows you to easily look up new words from more than 170.000 words and approximately 60.000 examples, regardless of which level your Japanese is.
This tool also enables you to search in many different ways and solve problems that are even faced by native Japanese sometimes. For example, sometimes they are in situations of "forgetting how to read a word", or "knowing how to pronounce it but having no idea how to write it".
Read, read and read! There are so many things you can learn just from reading! - "Todai Easy Japanese News"
This app updates you with the latest news in Japan, from beginner level all the way to advanced, all featured with Furigana. Other than alliterative expressions and compound nouns, there is an explanation for all the essential grammars used in the news.
Moreover, this app offers many other functions, from a basic dictionary for looking up new words, or podcast for watching news while practicing pronunciation.
The Ask & Answer app, where you can directly pose questions to the natives - "HiNative"
It is an app for foreign language learners to ask native speakers questions related to the language they want to acquire. It is quite easy to use. All you have to do is posing questions based on the already available examples. Therefore, if you are confused about something, or if you want to know more about the differences in the ways something is expressed, try it out.
Above all, thanks to this app, you are able to communicate well with native speakers. Isn't it wonderful?
So, what do you think of those apps we mentioned above?
If you are currently studying Japanese and you think they might be helpful for you, don't hesitate to give them a try!
Unfortunately, we haven't found any interesting apps for acquiring grammars. How about you? Do you have any favorite tools for remembering those grammars?
If you do, please let us know in the comment section!
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