Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dict.

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About this app

The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary: Revised and Expanded is the best kanji-learning tool available for electronic devices. Based on the recently-published revised edition of Jack Halpern’s world-renowned The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary, this Android edition is an easy-to-use electronic dictionary that fully satisfies the practical needs of beginning and intermediate learners.

This up-to-date dictionary covers 3,002 kanji entry characters – 772 more than in the original edition – and covers all the characters in the recently revised Jōyō Kanji and Jinmei Kanji lists prescribed by the Japanese government. This app gives learners quick access to all the benefits of the print edition, plus additional functionality made possible by the smartphone platform, including quick and intuitive interfaces for looking up kanji by SKIP or by radical, the ability to toggle between kana and romaji display for readings, various additional ways to look up kanji or compounds (eg. by on and kun readings, English meaning, or SKIP number), animated stroke-order diagrams, context-sensitive pop-ups, and much more.

No kanji dictionary on the market today offers such a full range of features in such a stunning, user-friendly interface. No stone has been left unturned to create this high-quality application of superb design.


* core meanings that concisely define the most dominant sense of each character, giving the learner an instant grasp of a character's fundamental meaning
* the System of Kanji Indexing by Patterns (SKIP), which enables even complete beginners to locate characters with accuracy and speed
* 3,002 main entry characters, including all the characters in the Jōyō Kanji and Jinmei Kanji lists
* approximately 46,000 senses for 35,000 words, word elements, and illustrative examples
* covers all high-frequency compounds based on frequency statistics compiled by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2010
* character meanings ordered in a manner that shows how each character contributes to the meanings of compound words
* animated stroke order diagrams for all 2,136 Jōyō entry characters
* 9,200 character readings, including readings used only in names
* multiple search modes including kana, romaji, SKIP, radical, English meaning, and entry number
* 1,300 homophones with core meanings explain differences between closely related characters
* a special Browser which allows uers to browse characters by SKIP number, frequency ranking, or Jōyō grade
* 390 variant forms used in prewar literature and in names
* 9,200 character readings, including 2,400 name readings
* useful appendixes on stroke counting, pronunciation, kana, and more
* intuitive interface for quickly looking up characters by SKIP or radicals
* tapping on any character or word allows users to jump to the relevant entry
* no Internet connection required
* history and bookmarks

The CJK Dictionary Institute is directed by Jack Halpern, editor of the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary and The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary, now standard reference works.

Be sure to check out our other dictionary apps available for the Android platform in the Google Play store (search for "cjki").
Updated on
Mar 13, 2024

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Ratings and reviews

66 reviews
A Google user
July 26, 2023
After recent update, having difficulty selecting enlarged kanji after tapping kanji on the kanji definitions page. App will only display white block. Additionally on the help tab page, if the mail/envelope icon is selected, the corresponding send mail window overfills screen so no help text can be sent. On the other hand, animated kanji diagrams, can still be selected. July 25 (modified review), currently fully functional.
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Christopher Nuzzi
April 9, 2024
Fantastic app that is indispensable for Japanese language learners. You can look up kanji or words by Japanese reading or English meaning, and if you know neither, the SKIP method lets you find unknown kanji in seconds. Worth every penny if you're serious about learning Japanese.
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Daniel Costa
June 29, 2020
The dictionary overall is pretty well build. You may look for different kanji easily by skip or by the English keyword if you are able to remember it. The only downside that I had with it, is often I learned past kanjis with other type of keywords (that differs from KLC) and would find super useful if I could attach it to the respective kanji manually, so it becomes easier to look for it next time. Would that be possible to do?
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What's new

- Fixed an issue where the app would crash upon viewing the help screen