The best apps to learn Japanese vocabulary

Published Date
Jan 11, 2022
Yusuf Giftworks


The best method to learn vocabularies of any languages is to use flashcards. It is through repetitive exercises that you will recognize, remember, and retain new words effectively. This has always been the basics of learning any kind of skills.

In this post, I will share with you the only flashcard app you will need to master Japanese vocabulary.

The Apps

For iOS:

For Android:

The Why

Built-in flashcard feature

Both apps have great flashcard feature out-of-the-box.

Here are several notable features:

  • Spaced repetition exercise for Japanese iOS app.
  • Reshuffle previous cards during a session for Takoboto Android app.
  • Easy and modern app user interface.
  • Built-in dictionary.
  • Lots of quality example sentences.
  • Built-in Kanji reference on the card.
  • Kana and romaji reference on the card.

Follow JLPT syllabus

Unlike gamification apps where you'd be learning words according to categories, both apps sort words according to the official JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) levels.

Here's why learning according to JLPT is useful:

  1. You will know how many words to learn to achieve a certain level of fluency.
  2. You will not be wondering whether what you are learning is 'enough' because the JLPT has their own structured syllabus designed for foreign language learners.
  3. In the event that you want to take the official JLPT tests for study, work, or relocation purposes, you will already be familiar with the content.


Both of these apps are perfect in their own right, and they are all what a Japanese language-learner could ask for in terms of learning vocabularies.

Good luck!


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