Learn to write Kanji

Dear Wanikani Fellows;

I have started Wanikani and pretty much enjoying it!
Currently, I am at level 3. I want to practice writing the Kanji that I have learned in my notebook. Is there any add-on that I could learn the writing of the Kanji that I am learning at the Wanikani at the same time?
Arigatou gozaimasu!


There is an app called Ringotan on both IOS and Android
It might be useful for you
IOS: ‎Ringotan on the App Store
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Ringotan&hl=en&gl=US


I don’t know any wanikani add-ons, but when I do lessons I have the jisho dot org kanji stroke order up on my phone and I wrote the kanji as I’m doing the lessons. The downside is you have to find the right kanji, usually you can do it by searching the wanikani kanji name. Sometimes I search vocabulary words instead.

Here’s a link to an example on jisho.

Edited to add: if you find any word on jisho that contains the kanji, you can click details, and see the kanji composition of the word, and find the kanji stroke order that way.


Thanks a lot It looks very good!

Thank you very much!

This adds the stroke order to lessons and reviews


I don’t use any apps for this, but there are several handy scripts that will display the stroke order for WaniKani kanji. I believe this one is currently working:

I personally prefer this one generally, because it’s less obtrusive, but I don’t think it’s currently working for me. Hopefully the author will find a fix soon.

Yomichan will also show you the stroke order of any kanji in any word that you mouse over, though I’m slightly hesitant to recommend it now because the creator just stopped maintaining it. But it’s a popular tool and is open source, so someone else will probably take up the mantle for it.

There are also these printable kanji sheets made by a WK user, which you can print for free and practice writing the kanji in the order that you learn them on WK:


I believe if you want to learn how to write, …you need to get some brush pen’s such as these (as you’ll only get the tapered strokes with a flexible brush type nib) and an exercise book with squared paper in it (or print out kanji practice paper from a site like this 国語のノート用紙 【漢字練習ノート】 無料ダウンロード|ちびむすドリル【小学生】).

After that you have to find an online resource that actually shows you handwriting and not a computer font that’s a bit like handwriting but not actually handwriting. This is what I’m struggling with at the moment. I’ve only found that info in physical calligraphy textbooks atm. Nowhere online.

Unless you specifically are interested in learning brush calligraphy, you don’t need brush-tip pens to learn to write kanji. You just need a decent pen that is easy to write smoothly with and has a fairly fine tip. I like gel or liquid-ink pens (the Uniball Micro is cheap and good and is what I use), but pretty nearly anything that isn’t a biro will do.

The vast vast majority of handwritten Japanese today is written with ordinary pens or pencils.


Yup, and honestly, even ballpoint pens with a fairly thick nib (or slightly more liquid ink) will allow decent detailing with the right technique. I personally have a fountain pen and brush pens for this stuff when I’m feeling artsy, but ordinarily I just write with a Pilot G2 gel-ink pen.

You should check out calligraphers on Instagram (e.g. the #kanji hashtag) and on YouTube or even Twitter. Here’s a decent example in the semi-cursive (行書) style:

There are other examples out there. If you want something specifically Japanese, try searching 書道 or 書道家 on YouTube (because Chinese calligraphy is called 書法 instead). If you want something for beginners, you can add 初心者 or 入門. If you want to be sure it’s for pen writing (and not brush/brush pen technique), add ペン字.

Shameless plug: I also do calligraphy with my brush pens and post it on Twitter from time to time as part of an effort to pass on kanji knowledge, but I’m not very consistent, so you’re better off following someone else if you want lots of examples and tutorials.


takoboto app shows the stroke order

might be of help in learning to write Kanji

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One of my times through, I wrote them all in a notebook as I learned them - with the stroke order diagram script that has already been shared for reference. I found that this worked for a bit, but quickly become tiresome.

There’s an iPad app I found really good for learning stroke orders of the kana, at least, that also has kanji as I understand it: ‎Learn Japanese!! on the App Store

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I love Kanji Study for stroke order, practicing writing, and learning kanji in general. They have so many cool stuff to learn and review, and graded reading exercises too! You can also select a quiz that makes you draw the kanji and corrects you (after studying ofc) :sparkles:


I see you received many suggestions from competent people already, but here’s an additional one in case it could be helpful.
I tried tons of different kanji writing apps, most of the ones suggested here but nothing convinced me til trying this one:

it teaches kanji with focus on stroke order and lets you SRS it as you do with wanikani. Anyway you can also just put in the practice and ignore the SRS thing if you prefer. You can create your decks and sub decks or try already existing ones (there is a Wanikani deck). You can edit writing mode (stylus input etc…), the readings, meanings, add mnemonics to everything. It has different settings that allow you to customize experience in many ways. Atm, I’m working on a new deck I created by myself. As soon as I study kanji with WK I add it in different sub decks (Organized by WK levels) and practice on those ones. During reviews you can even chose between four levels - forgot - hard - got it - easy and it adjusts the srs practice proposed in consequence.

Let me know if you try it!

As for traditional pen and paper writing practice, nothing’s really necessary and you could do it on any paper with any pen but I really enjoy practicing on notebooks created for kanji exercise with particular grills and with some pens made for the purpose. You can buy the best material ever on amazon with a 30-40€/$ budget - check the YT channel of Japanese Calligraphist, he suggests the tools at the beginning of every video.

Other than that, I just suggest you constance with practice which is the most important thing, therefore anything is a good method and tool if you can enjoy using it/ working with it and keep doing that as long as possible :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

(Sorry for bad english and typos, writing in a rush but I’m currently obsessed with kanji writing lol and had to give my take as a beginner who’s having great results)


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