5 Best Translation Apps For Japanese Learners

These apps are mostly tools when studying Japanese or living in Japan.I have been using these apps ever since I got my first smartphone. All these apps are free! Some would offer a pro version of the app but it only removes ads in the apps.

1. gogoNavi Japanese English Offline

This is a translator app that has a wide range of vocabulary words. It’s very user friendly and the interface is very simple. You can translate from English to Japanese and vice versa. The app can also translate phrasal verbs and expressions. It also show the usage of the words (nouns, verbs, adjective, etc). It also lists down related terms and example sentences for commonly used words. Best feature? It’s an OFFLINE app! Please click the link below to learn more about the features of this great app.


2. Google Translate

Another great translator app for those learning Japanese is Google Translate. You might say that this is a mediocre recommendation but the best feature it has are the camera and writing input. Recent updates made it this app more accurate and faster. You can also download language files for offline translation. Click the link below to learn more about this app.


3. NariTra

This useful translator is really great for travelers. I came across this app when I was inside Narita Airport, going back to my hometown. It came handy when I first came to visit Japan and never had a high conversational level. The instructions are very straightforward. You just need to press the mic icon and speak. Then it will automatically translate what you have said into Japanese. Click the link below to download:


4. Japanese

The name might be very simple yet this app is one of the coolest one out there. Upon opening the app, you’ll see Japanese words moving sideways. The words are in this app is well organized (by classification, lexical categories and JLPT). There’s literally thousands of words in it and exploring words in specific classifications made it easier to focus on what you want to study. Click the link below to check it out.


5. Japanese English Dictionary, Translator & Phrase

As the app title goes, this one is an all in one Japanese learning tool! It has a dictionary, a translator and a phrase book. What’s even better is that this app is a total package for Japanese learners. It has a “word, phrase and quote of the day” and you can even make your own flash cards. But wait, there’s more! There are study tools which you can use for studying or challenging yourself. How’s that for a total learning experience? Click the link below to download:


If you are into studying the Japanese language or want to learn some tips, here are some great articles to read:

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