5 Great Android Apps for Studying Japanese

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A while back I acquired an Android phone, more specifically a Sprint HTC EVO, which I have been in love with ever since. So far, I’ve found a good deal of apps that can help when learning Japanese, but there are 5 apps that stick out for me. These are apps that are worth making sure you always have on your phone.

1) AnkiDroid

Though I’m not listing these items in any particular order, AnkiDroid is my favorite. If you’ve never checked out or used Anki before, then you need to head on over to the Anki website and see what you’ve been missing out on. Either way, if you’re any interested in using Anki at all (or you already do), then you should definitely download and install AnkiDroid. AnkiDroid semi-recently just got the sync functionality working and it’s been running great so far for me. Every few weeks I back up my deck just to make sure, but nothing bad has happened yet. Hell, I don’t even use Anki on my PC anymore. Why would I need to? I generally just do my Kanji when out and about anyway (or at work 😀 ).

2) Human Japanese

Human Japanese is basically an enhanced version of a textbook. By enhanced, I mean it’s more of a *digital book*. So at the end of chapters, you have small interactive quizzes to test you on the material you’ve just learned. Also, when you learn new words or the kana, you are able to click the object and hear it pronounced for you! Not only that, but the way the textbook is designed and written, is more interesting than most. It kept me following along, whereas sometimes books like Japanese for Busy People or Genki put me to sleep.

3) Nesoid / GameBoid / Etc

Nesoid, GameBoid, etc any form of emulation is a great way to grab Japanese ROM’s(games) and play them on your phone. Personally, I prefer GameBoid the most out of all of the different emulators. Why? Well, because for me as a kid I was highly addicted to my GameBoy. So now, I’m able to download the ROM’s of those games I use to play all the time, but now play them in Japanese. For instance, here are some of the games I use to love, in no special order.

  • Legend of Zelda
  • Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow (My favorites of all time)
  • Super Mario World
  • Final Fantasy (any of them)

4) More Locale 2

More Locale 2 is a must have. It is just so awesome. It changes your phone OS to be another language, which for us, is Japanese! I didn’t even know this was possible till just recently, thanks to the help of @lordsilent. Initially, I went to my phones language settings and saw that I could only change from English to Spanish. When I looked around online (at the time), I couldn’t seem to find anything. I was really looking more for something put out by Android themselves, so I never thought to look for an app that does it for you.

5) AndroIRC

Really, this isn’t as much about AndroIRC as it is about getting an IRC client on your Android phone. My personal favorite IRC client is AndroIRC, but feel free to use whatever you want. But I couldn’t end this article without telling you to get an IRC client on your phone, so that you can head on over and join me and others (such as @lordsilent who showed me More Locale 2) at :

Server: irc.rizon.net

Channel: #ajatt

The ability to chat and speak with other Japanese learners (especially those who are following AJATT just like I am) is very important. I’ve only been going there for a short period of time, but I’ve made good friends and have learned so much!

Bonus 1) Smart Keyboard Pro

Bonus 2) NihongoUp

That’s all for now! If I find more, I’ll be sure to post them! Leave a comment with your opinions or letting me know of any apps you find awesome that I’ve left out. 🙂

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