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The 6 Best Japanese Flashcard Sites for Flippin’ to Fluency

“Ugh, I knew that!”

Ever find yourself face-palming after forgetting a Japanese word you’ve totally learned already?

Or when a native speaker corrects an obvious grammar mistake?

Yeah, we’ve all been there.

It’s a natural part of the language learning process!

But there’s a simple tool you can use to cut down on these slip-ups: Flashcards.

You probably already know that drilling vocabulary and grammar with flashcards is a super effective way to keep concepts fresh in your memory and build on your Japanese learning. But… you might also think flashcards are tedious—both to make and to use. Good for you, but not super fun. Like flossing.

Well, here’s the secret: With digital flashcard resources, you get all the memory-boosting benefits of this language tool without the boring bits. There are tons of great sites out there that have taken the busywork out of flashcards, have gamified them or have just redesigned old-fashioned paper flashcards into a sleek mobile tool.

Below, we’ve reviewed six popular Japanese flashcard sites and assessed their pros and cons, to help you find the one that suits you best.

Let’s get flipping!
 


 

6 Japanese Flashcard Websites for Gettin’ Fluent and Flaunting It

White Rabbit Japan

What Rabbit Japan is a totally addictive site where you can find everything from fantastic flashcards to fruit-flavored Japanese Kit Kats. We’ll focus on the flashcards for now, but be sure to check out the many other language and culture products to be found here.

The flashcards here are pre-made, which means you can get straight to practicing your language skills. You’ll find sets of kanji flashcards and kana flashcards. The kanji flashcards come in three sets for you to choose and the difference between them is just the complexity of the kanji.

The cards are pretty neat and they depict the stroke order of each individual kanji, as well as some words that consist of the kanji in question. They even show some kanji that look alike, so that you can avoid mixing them up with each other.

The kana flashcards are very basic. Each card depicts a character and some words that begin with that character. They also show some illustrations that can make remembering the character easier. One especially cool feature is that you can get kana flashcards with an audio companion, so you get some additional listening comprehension and pronunciation practice.

Pros of this resource:

  • You get a finished product, so all you have to do is pay up and study.
  • It’s a very quick and easy way to learn kanji, kana and new words.

Cons of this resource:

  • They take time to deliver—and they’re actually so popular there are sometimes waiting lists to buy them.
  • They don’t cover grammar.

LearnWithOliver

This site offers straightforward vocabulary flashcards as well as practice sentence flashcards for you translate. Everything is built in—you just click and go.

The practice sentence flashcards are particularly useful because they’re written and designed well. The sentence structures are subtly separated by thin lines. I find this quite nice, because it can help you naturally understand grammar more easily, even though there’s no actual grammar explanation.

You’ll notice which words underwent a change in the context of the sentence and which ones remained in their original form. You’ll also be able to distinguish particles from suffixes or prefixes.

Both the sentence flashcards and the word flashcards are completely random. There’s no main subject to choose and there are no categories, other than difficulty categories within the words flashcards. This is good for practice because it really puts your overall knowledge to the test.

The cards are also timed, so you need to think quick if you want to be faster than the answer. I myself don’t love this, because I don’t like to be hurried. But even so, it’s a nice challenge and you get to see just how quickly you’re able to think in Japanese.

Pros of this resource:

  • The website is well organized which helps for streamlined studying.
  • Sentences and words that occur on the flashcards are very useful in real life. There’s a big chance that someday, while talking to someone in Japanese, you might use exactly what you saw on them.
  • The words in the practice words section are written in both kana letters and in kanji, which is handy for beginners.

Cons of this resource:

  • Grammar explanations are left out even though some complicated grammatical structures are used. This could cause some troubles, although it’s not that detrimental in my opinion.

FluentU

Wouldn’t it be great if real-life Japanese could be conveniently wrapped up into flashcards just for you?

Well, it actually has been!

FluentU is an engaging language tool that transforms authentic Japanese videos—like movie trailers, YouTube clips, news broadcasts and more—into digital flashcards you can use anytime, anywhere.

Here’s how it works: you watch a real Japanese video on FluentU, clicking the interactive captions whenever you need to get in-context definitions on unfamiliar words. After you’ve watched the video, FluentU will provide flashcards (plus other useful exercises) for you to practice what you learned in the video.

Plus, FluentU keeps track of what you’ve learned and suggests further content based on that info, creating a truly personalized learning experience.

Pros of this resource:

  • It’s a unique twist on the traditional flashcard that will hold your attention.
  • It will teach you Japanese the way native speakers really use it.
  • Video recommendations and progress tracking keep you moving forward in your learning.

Cons of this resource:

  • Plain old subtitles will never feel the same again!

Study Stack

This one is a real entertainer—loads of fun! So be careful not to get distracted, since your intent is to study, after all.

First thing you’ll need to do is to select your preferred topic from the list—there are hundreds of flashcard topics ranging from common words to weather vocabulary to restaurant phrases and much more.

After you pick a set, you’ll be given flashcards and then all you have to do is to click the “Know” button to test your knowledge, or “Do Not Know” button if you’re not sure of the translation. If you want to know the answer, click the checkbox under the card and the answer will be shown to you.

Aside from the flashcards, there are other Japanese learning games on this site, such as hangman, crosswords and more.

Pros of this resource:

  • The website offers plenty of flashcard subjects and topics.
  • The quiz and test games are good for revising your overall knowledge of Japanese.
  • You can have lots of fun while studying on this site.

Cons of this resource:

  • Some games can be a bit distracting and slow down the learning process.
  • Grammar is lacking. There’s some grammar on this site, but I think it can be a bit better and cover more subjects.

Flashcard Machine

You know the Architect from “The Matrix?” Well, this site will make you feel like you’re him!

The name of the website tells it all. You just need to register a free account and then you can start creating your own flashcards! You can review them digitally or even print them out if you want! It’s free and also available on mobile devices so you can practice anytime, anywhere.

“Aw man I don’t want to create my own flashcards…” If that’s what you’re thinking…

Don’t worry! Check out this database of pre-made flashcards covering Japanese language topics. Grammar, dialogs, words, kanji—pretty much everything you can think of is on this list.

Are those quadrillion types of flashcards enough for you?

Pros of this resource:

  • Since you can make your own cards, you can target your personal learning goals or language weak-points. Even if you’re not having any specific troubles, you can still use this site to create flashcards that’ll help you revise what you’re currently studying.
  • The site has a giant database of pre-made Japanese flashcards. These flashcards were made by people who study or teach Japanese, so they can be helpful if you have trouble understanding something by yourself.
  • You can even find grammar cards in there!

Cons of this resource:

  • Honestly, I can’t find anything bad about this one… All right, the only con might be the fact that you have to sign up before you start creating flashcards.

easyJapanese.org

Get ready to get in touch with your inner kid! This colorful, animated site might skew a bit young style-wise, but it’s still got some useful flashcards for you.

The kanji flashcards are simple. You get a kanji, you get its on’yomi and kun’yomi and you get its translation. You can click the mark next to the answer and the answer will be hidden. If you click again, the answer will be timed, showing up after a few seconds.

There are total of 80 flashcards and you can review them in order or you can click the random button to get a random kanji. These are the most basic kanji you can find, but they’re a great start.

Aside from the flashcards, you can also explore hiragana and katakana quizzes, basic grammar lessons and more on this site.

Pros of this resource:

  • This one will make you feel young again. Maybe a bit too young but hey, just enjoy it, there’s nothing bad about it.
  • You can find some grammar on the website, which is nice. It’s the most basic grammar, but it’s well explained and nicely organized.
  • The kanji flashcards are effective and you can learn a fair share of basic kanji this way.

Cons of this resource:

  • The website is a bit too childish for my taste.
  • Pretty much everything on this site is a game, which might get distracting depending on your learning style.

Each one of these sites has its own special charm, so I suggest trying them all out. That way you’ll see which one suits you best. Enjoy!

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