Welcome to Kanji alive, a web application (http://app.kanjialive.com) designed to help Japanese language students of all levels learn to read and write kanji.Kanji alive is a resource for learning kanji, dedicated to helping you open the door to the fascinating characters that form the written Japanese language. It is not a dictionary. All of the content in the application is unique and was created and reviewed with painstaking attention to detail by experienced Japanese instructors in order to help you best study, practice and retain kanji.
To help familiarize you with the Kanji alive web application (http://app.kanjialive.com) we have prepared a User Guide, short demo videos and a Quick Reference guide in the app itself. Japanese language instructors may also wish to read our Notes for Instructors which explain our pedagogic principles and design decisions.
View the kanji in your search results sorted by stroke number or else grouped first by radical or kanji stroke number and then sorted by the canonical order of their radicals. This makes it much simpler to organize and provide structure to even large sets of kanji in your search results. Read more or watch a demo video.
To help you write kanji correctly, all our kanji animations are hand-written in the style experienced in common, daily use — with a regular pen, not a brush. The model animations can be paused and reviewed at any point, stroke by stroke, via their stroke order diagrams or by using the playback controls. Read more or watch a demo video.
Accompanying every kanji are vivid mnemonic hints which will help you relate the components of a kanji to its meaning and simple animations to illustrate the historical derivations of their radicals. Read more or watch a demo video.
See and hear how the kanji you are learning are used in context in up to twelve carefully selected example words, together with audio clips of their pronunciations by native male and female speakers. Read more or watch a demo video.
Discover additional contexts and meanings for each kanji as well as example sentences via custom links to Kenkyusha’s online Luminous dictionary or by using the kanji reference numbers for the Nelson and Kodansha dictionaries. Read more or watch a demo video.
Finally, if you have just begun to study kanji, we have also prepared two important online resources for you which cover the history of kanji, stroke order basics, and radicals. These are the Introduction to Kanji and the 214 traditional kanji radicals and their meanings. We encourage everyone who has just begun to study kanji to review these documents carefully before using Kanji alive in earnest.