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Japanese is an extraordinarily impressive English to Japanese / Japanese to English dictionary. With an extensive dictionary database, flashcards, many ways of looking up kanji, and more, this app delivers everything one could want from a dictionary app.

What's New

(If you are still using iOS 5 then please update your device to iOS 6 or 7 before updating Japanese. Due to a bug this version crashes on startup. Do not delete the app or you will loose your lists.)

iOS 7 user interface

Tap on a headword and select [Speak] from the menu to hear pronunciations.

This version not only fixes a bug where the search bar is disappearing when running on iOS 7.1, it also contains a few other user interface refinements.

The size of the handwriting keyboard has been increased to make it easier to draw characters.

732 new words have been added to the dictionary and 1884 definitions have been updated.

Selecting "Facebook" in the settings will open our Facebook page in the Facebook application.

If you like Japanese, would you mind taking a moment to rate it in the App Store? It really helps us. Thank you for using Japanese!

App Description

(ATTENTION: This version may crash if you are still using an iPad 1 or very old iPhone/iPod touch. Please make sure your device is running iOS 6 or 7).
This Japanese/English dictionary is going to become your best friend. Contains more than 174,650 entries and 52,000 examples, as well as stroke order animations for kanji and kana. It works completely offline, an internet connection is NOT required.

・Extreme fast startup and search time
・Search English-Japanese or Japanese-English
・Results are sorted by relevance. The best match appears at the top, saving you lots of time picking the right word
・Begins-with, exact match or ends-in search
・You can enter Japanese words in the Latin alphabet
・Entering conjugated forms (ex. 食べます tabemasu) will find the proper dictionary entry (食べる taberu)
・Enter a number to see its Japanese pronunciation

Enter unknown characters in different ways:
・Drawing using the built-in Handwriting Recognition
・By components (for example 日 + 月 will find 明)
・By SKIP code (for example Left-4 Right-9 will find 福)

・Example sentences including reading hints
・All pronunciations can be shown in the latin alphabet (romaji)
・Conjugations of verbs, adjectives and counters
・Compounds (引く hiku is contained in 引き出す hikidasu, 注意を引く chūi-wo-hiku, …)
・Similar looking characters (人 入 八 …)
・Kanji by radical or school year
・Hiragana/Katakana chart

・Mark headwords with different colors
・Create your own vocabulary lists
・Exchange lists with your friends and classmates
・Add notes to dictionary entries

・Integrated SRS flashcard learning system
・You can use nearly any list as a source for flashcards
・Prepare for the Japanese Language Test (JLPT)
・Study kanji by radical or school year


・Character animations are © 2008-2014 renzo Inc.

・Character components database © 2009-2014 renzo Inc.

・This publication has included material from the JMdict (EDICT, etc.) and KANJIDIC2 dictionary files in accordance with the licence provisions of the Electronic Dictionaries Research Group. See http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/edict.html and http://www.edrdg.org/

・SKIP (System of Kanji Indexing by Patterns) data is derived from the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary (Kenkyusha 1990, NTC 1993) and The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary (Kodansha International, 1999). SKIP is protected by laws. The utilization of SKIP in any form is strictly forbidden without the written permission of Jack Halpern, the copyright holder, which is normally granted. Please contact jack@ckji.org and see http://www.kanji.org for details.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

May 24, 2014 New version 3.3
January 25, 2014 Price Decrease: $9.99 -> $7.99
January 25, 2014 New version 3.2.3
November 30, 2013 Price Decrease: $7.99 -> FREE!
November 26, 2013 New version 3.2.2
May 23, 2013 New version 3.2.1
September 15, 2008 Initial Release