3 Applications That Will Help You Read Japanese

Learn about three apps that will aid you in your quest to improve your Japanese reading comprehension

Anthony Griffin
Kokoro Media
Published in
5 min readMar 10, 2021

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After coming to grips with the soul-crushing inevitability of having to memorize over 2,000 kanji characters, the next wall of frustration that Japanese learners face is reading the same books, magazines, and blog articles that native Japanese speakers do. Reading is essential for adding context to the constant influx of vocabulary, kanji, and grammar points that learners face and gives purpose to the rote memorization that language learning requires. Unfortunately, reading native materials can also be incredibly intimidating and demotivating, especially when attempting to read something that is too difficult.

Thankfully, there’s an app for that… Or, shall I say, several. Read on to learn about three apps that will aid you in your quest to improve your Japanese reading comprehension skill.

Japanese.io

  • Platforms: web
  • Pricing: $10/month or $100 annually (limited free version available)

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Anthony Griffin
Kokoro Media

Founder and principal consultant (www.consultsaga.com) helping Japan-based organizations market to and communicate with international audiences.