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renzo Inc.

May 30th, 2012

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad

Price: $7.99

Category: Reference

Updated: May 30, 2012

Version: 3.0

Size: 84.1 MB

Seller: renzo Inc.

Rated 4+

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 5.1 or later.

Customer Ratings

Current Version

(52 Ratings)

All Versions

(1201 Ratings)

Japanese by renzo Inc.

Japanese Screenshots


20% OFF UNTIL JUNE 4TH!! This Japanese/English dictionary is going to become your best friend.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We will release an update next week which will fix the Handwriting Recognition crash, return readings on Flashcards, turn off the automatic Japanese/English flashcard scheduling and bring back the pre-made Classifications-lists. Thank you for your patience.

Contains more than 166,900 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. tabemasu) will find the proper dictionary entry ( 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 + )
By SKIP code (for example 4-9 )

Example sentences including reading hints
All pronunciations can be shown in the latin alphabet (romaji)
Conjugations of verbs, adjectives and counters
Compounds ( hiku hikidasu, chi-wo-hiku, )
Similar looking characters ( )
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 2008-2012 renzo Inc.

Character components database 2009-2012 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 and

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 and see for details.

What's New in Version 3.0

WHAT'S NEW IN 3.0: iPad UI, Discover, Handwriting recognition, new Flashcards, updated JLPT lists.

★ As promised, this application is now a universal binary. It will run fullscreen on your iPhone and iPad.

★ On iPhone Japanese is now much easier to use. Rotate your iPhone to use Japanese in landscape mode.

★ Discover! The "All Entries" screen has been replaced with a new way to explore frequently used words in the Japanese language.

★ The search scope bar has been replaced with an integrated button. Select [a...] to search for entries that begin with or [...a] to search for entries that end in the given term.

★ Almost never used kanji that cluttered up the search results are now a thing of the past. Search does not show those unused kanji anymore but is limited to those 7000 kanji that are actually used.

★ Integrated handwriting recognition. You no longer need to use the iOS Chinese Handwriting keyboard.

★ Updated data for kanji components search. Often used characters are now highlighted, making them easier to find.

★ The Handwriting, Components and SKIP search are now accessible from any search box.

★ For those new to the Japanese language, word readings (aka Romaji) are now available for all dictionary entries, including kanji. Lists and search results show frequently used kanji readings.

★ Updated JLPT lists! We finally got our hands on N3 vocabulary and while we were at it we updated all other JLPT lists too. (Please keep in mind that the owner of the JLPT does not release official vocabulary lists)

★ Completely new flashcards based on your feedback. The SRS scheduling algorithm used in previous versions has been completely rewritten to better schedule repetitions.

★ You can select [Study] in the new Discover screen to study a random selection of commonly used words and/or due flashcards.

★ When studying you now have the option to automatically set the label of a word, for example you can have the system change the color of all learned words to green.

★ List of ignored flashcards. When you decided to ignore a flashcard but wanted to study that word later anyway, you had to remember which entries you ignored. This is no longer needed.

★ Share lists with friends and classmates by email. Copy that received email to the clipboard and select New in the lists screen to paste it

★ If the clipboard contains Japanese words, then the [New] button will offer you an option to create a new list with these words.

★ Paste a list of words into a label to quickly change the headword color of all entries.

★ You can now also add example sentences to your custom lists.

★ Search in custom lists.

★ Backup and restore your data from within the application. You can also use this feature to transfer data to your other devices.

★ Import files from other apps like Rikaichan or Midori.

★ History list is no longer limited to 100 entries and you can add all entries of the history list to a custom list easily.

★ Japanese now understands the japanese:// URL scheme. Use japanese://search/cake to start a new search for "cake" or japanese://entry/福岡 to open the entry for 福岡 Fukuoka (city).

Customer Reviews

3.0 rocks!! (5 stars)
The 3.0 update fixes all of the little problems I was running into with this app. iPad support, a japanese://search/ URL scheme, and more. Looking at the list of changes I was nodding enthusiastically, and in using with the app everything has been polished further -- even the icon looks better.

The new Discover feature is nicer than I was expecting. Will be a good screensaver for a docked iPad!

Best. App. Ever. (5 stars)
If you're learning Japanese or have any interest in the language, this app is hands-down the best app out there. It has everything you need and more, all easy to find and organized. Throughout my 3 years of studying Japanese in college I used this app thousands of times. No other app comes close.

Change from 3 to 4 stars (4 stars)
For iPad version and the new update. Though still crashes when use Handwriting.

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