Japanese Tool Stack

Hello everyone,

I am always curious about what fellow japanese learners are using for their studies. :slight_smile:

Maybe we can inspire each other to try out new things!

I am using Genki for textbook, WaniKani / Tsurukame for kanji, KaniWani for reproduction and renshuu for my Genki vocab, kanji and grammar. Also Ringotan for practicing to write the Genki kanji.

For reading I downloaded the Easy Japanese Newspaper App but haven’t tried it yet.

I am looking forward to hearing about your favorite tools!



Here is some good listening resource:


And here’s some good reading resource:

Both are free :slightly_smiling_face:

Here’s another great reading and listening resource:

This one is not free, but it’s well worth the subscription fee.

  • Used to use WaniKani, but then got kana vocab to the knee. Using Anki for kanji/vocab exclusively (+ grammar snippets)

  • Used to learn with JapanesePod101 + Tae Kim’s Complete Guide → Genki 1+2 → Tobira → JLPT N2 prep books → reading books

  • Immersing (hate that word with passion…) with manga and books


Same. I usually go for : consuming native content or even simpler : reading.


Netflix, Kindle, WK, Anki, and JapanesePod101 is my current load out at the moment.


i’m neck-deep in jlpt prep for the next five-or-so months so I’m juggling a ton of resources at once, but I’m also enjoying them and recommend them if you’re interested in the jlpt as well

  • textbook: tobira + grammar power workbook
  • kanji: only wanikani atm
  • vocab: toriisrs app + nihongo soumatome workbook
  • grammar: bunpro app + shin kanzen master workbook

outside of studying, I also read manga and listen to a japanese audiobook every day

i should be reading an nhk news web article everyday, too, but i’m a bit busy :sweat_smile: lol


Now that I’m at the stage where I can learn by reading, the most crucial thing for me by far is Yomichan for instant lookups. Then I’ve got ttsu reader for books and textractor for visual novels so that I can use Yomichan on either source. On top of that, Anki for SRS to drill vocab, mined from the things I read, which Yomichan can also integrate with to create flashcards automatically. It’s such a nice time to be learning Japanese, with tools like these available.


Preach. I tried (and failed) to learn Japanese almost 20 years ago and it was such a pain, especially when you were too noob to look up kanji by radical.

Modern tech makes dealing with Chinese characters not much harder than any other foreign script, and sometimes easier.

Personally my current “stack” is WK + Bunpro (which is effectively my textbook at this point) + JLAB’s anki deck for additional practice with real-life sentences.

I use deepl when I struggle to translate something in the wild. And when I still can’t make sense of the output I try my luck with ChatGPT.



Right now I use WK for kanji, and Renshuu for everything else. I also use NHK Easy plus random manga for reading


recently came back to it from a pretty long hiatus and bunpro added vocab decks while I was gone. I think now more than ever it’s the best thing to use alongside wanikani + a book. study your genki book, add the corresponding grammar points to your bunpro account (easy to find since they’re all in order on there already), SRS it and off you go. likewise, add the genki vocab deck, sync with wanikani so all the duplicate words get removed. I’ve got most of what I need in just two places.


Thanks for the Bunpro advice! I didn‘t know I was able to do vocab there. Do you know if there are premade Genki Decks for Bunpro?


In Renshuu I found premade Genki Vocab, Kanji and Grammar Decks and it’s free but I will still look into Bunpro!

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  1. WK - For kanji and vocabulary;

  2. Anki - For kanji and vocabulary that are not present in WK;
    Using Japanese Core 6K Remastered + my own deck.

  3. Bunpro - For grammar;
    I think it’s good enough to replace a textbook.

  4. NHK Web Easy - For reading;
    It’s like N4 grammar but N3 vocabulary.
    Not too hard and good source for new vocabulary.

  5. Duolingo - For lolz;
    I think it is doing an okay job for light everyday listening and vocabulary practice.
    Plus it’s gamified, so gotta earn all those achievements and finish the course =)

  6. YouTube - For infinite input (podcasts/streams/letsplays);

  7. Anime without subtitles - For the reasons above.
    Some slice-of-life titles that are more grounded like Non Non Biyori.