renshuu - Japanese learning

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About this app

A cute, ad-free, and enjoyable learning experience is waiting for you in the Renshuu community! The free version is unlimited: there’s no timer before you are forced to pay!

★ A path for every learning style and every goal ★
Whether you are getting started with the alphabets or have been studying for years, jump in exactly where you belong! Don’t waste time going through what you already know.

Renshuu maintains learning paths for most textbooks, the JLPT, Kanji Kentei, and for those who just want to learn. You can also carve out your own path! Our community has over 10,000 user-made lessons for even more focused learning.

★ Cute, relaxing, and fun ★
Our mascot Kao-chan is here to let you enjoy learning Japanese, whether it’s through collectible coins every time you quiz, a character that evolves as you learn, manga pages that you unlock, or hundreds of hand-made illustrations.

Additionally, we have both single and multiplayer games to help you keep your learning and reviewing fresh!

★ Personal service ★
We are just a two-person company - and we don’t use chat bots. That means that every question you have gets an answer directly from us.

★ Rich, in-depth materials ★
■ Vocabulary: over 15,000 native-recorded audio files, 17,000 hand-picked images, and 160,000 example sentences make understanding vocabulary a breeze. Our growing library of accent/pitch data can even help you with accent reduction.
■ Kanji: 12,000+ kanji, with no limits on what you can study! Over 2,000 colorful mnemonics help you to understand and retain the meanings.
■ Grammar: Over 800 different expressions, each complete with native-written model sentences, construction diagrams, audio, and over 7,500 hand-made quiz questions.
■ Sentences: Thousands of sentences complete with audio, divided by theme and difficulty levels.

★ A superior quiz system designed around Japanese ★
Our SRS-for-Japanese system doesn’t treat Japanese materials like flashcards to be memorized, and breaks every item down into individual components so you can understand, and not just memorize. Mastery schedules keep you studying only what you need to, pushing weaker materials to the front for you to focus on.

Dozens of different question styles keep things fresh, while a flexible input system (multiple choice, typing, or writing) lets you answer the way that you want to.

★ Customizable down to the last character ★
Renshuu doesn’t believe that there is a single way of studying that everyone should adhere to. Our expansive settings and customizations let you adjust the learning environment to what works best for you.
Updated on
Dec 5, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Financial info and App info and performance
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Financial info and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
3.94K reviews
Scott Mitchell
November 22, 2022
I have to recommend at least checking it out as good supplemental vocab/kanji memorization material. Even as a free user it has been great. I'm not all that far in, but in terms of features, this app has everything you could ever want. Fully customizable to tailor it to your own personal needs. And the option for a lifetime subscription means I'm likely to make that purchase in the future, whereas I am not looking to add another monthly fee for supplemental learning services. Overall solid app.
10 people found this review helpful
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November 22, 2022
Thanks for the detailed and thoughtful review! We indeed added the lifetime option specifically because we had learners who didn't want to be dinged every month with a subscription charge. Our goal is to allow enough flexibility in both learning and using the app that everyone can experience renshuu in the way they want!
October 25, 2022
I recently had all my Japanese apps compromised and lost after having my phone stolen/hacked, but I feel motivated again after coming across Renshuu. I've decided to try the Pro version via the annual subscription, and it has been impressive compared to my experiences with Duolingo, Busuu, etc. I now feel like the hacking was perhaps a blessing in disguise, its been that much of an improvement. Looking forward to what future updates might have in store, and I am extremely happy with this app. ❤
27 people found this review helpful
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October 25, 2022
I'm terribly sorry to hear that you had those phone issues, but I'm thrilled that renshuu is working out for you! We still have a ton that we are working on to add/improve, so I hope you continue to enjoy it. Should you need anything, just let me know! I'm always here at, or the ? button at the top of the app.
November 23, 2022
A great way to learn kanji and kana. Nearly every aspect can be customized but it doesn't feel overwhelming. The artwork, games, etc. result in a more fun and personal experience. The inclusion of a character that levels up adds a greater sense of long-term progress.
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November 24, 2022
I'm glad that our in-depth customization options are working for you! We want users to have as much or as little on their "plates" as they'd like :) Should you have any questions in the future, let me know! I'm always here at, or the ? button at the top of the app.

What's new

Minor bug fix for an issue affecting a very small number of learners :)