This app has been around for a while, but some recent changes have turned it into an entirely new resource!. The new KANJI JLPT N5 app has a simple, pleasant design and teaches the kanji and vocabulary needed to pass the JLPT N5 test (the first and lowest level). But that’s not why we like it.
The app itself offers a number of different practice quizzes to help you remember and solidify your kanji and vocabulary knowledge. There are four basic quizzes: easy, medium, difficult, and words. The first three are for kanji and the last is just vocab words (obviously).
There’s even more variety though. Before you start one of the four quizzes you have the option to take either a “Japanese > English” or “English > Japanese” version. This may seem like a minor feature, but very few apps offer “English > Japanese.” Going both ways helps you practice more than just recall.
But the quizzes don’t stop there. There are three bonus quiz types:
- Fill in the blanks
- Find the antonyms
- Play with numbers
Beyond all this, the final quiz option is to make your own using the kanji in the app. Do you have a couple kanji you always get wrong? Put all of them in a custom quiz so you can study your problem kanji!
The only issue with this app is there is no option to type in your answer. As you may already know, multiple choice is not a good way to test your knowledge in something. The best way to see if you know something is to force yourself to write or speak it. However, this app is for JLPT N5, the easiest level there is. So we understand if you want to cut yourself some slack. Just know you’ll have to graduate from this app eventually.
The new KANJI JLPT N5 app has a simple, pleasant design and teaches the kanji and vocabulary needed to pass the JLPT N5 test.
Anyway, once you’re done having fun and acing quizzes, the front page of KANJI JLPT N5 puts little blue-green marks next to kanji you’ve been getting correct and little red marks next to kanji you’ve been getting wrong. That way you can easily see your problem areas and correct them.
If you’re a beginner just trying to pass N5, this is a nice little app to help you get there. It isn’t all you need (there’s no grammar or reading comprehension) but for kanji and vocab it’s a nice start.