Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Kanji doesn't seem to be working right?

We want to help you figure out why Read the Kanji isn't working for you, but we need a little more information to do that.

First, try clearing your browser data (cache, cookies, etc.), because your browser may be storing old Read the Kanji data.

If you are still encountering the same issue, send us an email ( describing the issue.

How do I use the Romaji Converter?

Our Romaji converter supports a mixture of the Hepburn and Kunrei systems. Turn on the Romaji Converter and it automatically converts english characters into kana as you type. If you need help entering a certain character, please refer to the Romaji Converter Chart.

Why can't I access all of the decks?

Some decks require upgrading to the Unlimited subscription, which gives you full access to all of the site's features, including all word decks.

How do I upgrade my subscription?

Navigate to your account settings to find information about your current subscription. Click "Edit" to upgrade your subscription. Depending on your subscription change, you may need to enter your billing information.

Why are the kanji in different colors / What is a kanji strength?

With every answer, Read the Kanji's algorithm automagically determines the kanji compound's rating (as well as the individual kanji within the compound).

Ratings are indicated through colors as a quick way to comprehend your progress visually. Our color scale shifts from Red (very low/weak rating) to Green (very high/strong rating).

How is the Kanji Grid different from the Word Grid?

The kanji grid is a statistical map of individual kanji ratings, while the Word Grid reflects your progress on words that may be made up of more than one kanji.

By tracking these statistics and associating their strengths to colors, we can visually give you an idea of how well you can read a particular kanji among all previously tested words.

For questions unanswered by our FAQ, please contact our support team:

How to write kana on an english keyboard: The Romaji Converter

(a) (i) (u) (e) (o) (ya) (yu) (yo)
か ka き ki く ku け ke こ ko きゃ kya きゅ kyu きょ kyo
さ sa し shi す su せ se そ so しゃ sha / sya しゅ shu / syu しょ sho / syo
た ta ち chi つ tsu て te と to ちゃ cha ちゅ chu ちょ cho
な na に ni ぬ nu ね ne の no にゃ nya にゅ nyu にょ nyo
は ha ひ hi ふ fu / hu へ he ほ ho ひゃ hya ひゅ hyu ひょ hyo
ま ma み mi む mu め me も mo みゃ mya みゅ myu みょ myo
ら ra り ri る ru れ re ろ ro りゃ rya りゅ ryu りょ ryo
わ wa を wo
ん nn
が ga ぎ gi ぐ gu げ ge ご go ぎゃ gya ぎゅ gyu ぎょ gyo
ざ za じ ji ず zu ぜ ze ぞ zo じゃ ja / jya じゅ ju / jyu じょ jo / jyo
だ da ぢ di づ du で de ど do ぢゃ dya ぢゅ dyu ぢょ dyo
ば ba び bi ぶ bu べ be ぼ bo びゃ bya びゅ byu びょ byo
ぱ pa ぴ pi ぷ pu ぺ pe ぽ po ぴゃ pya ぴゅ pyu ぴょ pyo

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About the Site

Read The Kanji is a fun, simple study method designed to help you learn to read Japanese. It allows smart, streamlined drilling, so you get plenty of exposure to the kanji you haven't mastered yet. And since it's a web-based application, you can access it anywhere that has an internet conneciton.

Learning kanji is often considered to be the most difficult part of studying Japanese. But it doesn't have to be. Reading kanji doesn't require any special skills or secret methods, just dedicated practice and a lot of exposure to contextual, real Japanese.

Read the Kanji eliminates some of the most tedious parts of learning to read Japanese, and provides a great platform that actually engages you.

Studying kanji doesn't have to be a chore: that's why we made Read the Kanji. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or complete beginner, Read the Kanji can boost your kanji study.


We just want to add a note that neither we nor this site make any special claims that using this site will guarantee passing the JLPT test or becoming fluent in Japanese. That's entirely up to you and how much effort you put into it. There are no magical solutions. We're just trying to make a helpful study tool that we believe in to help all Japanese students along in their paths.

Enjoy Read the Kanji's many uses.

Read The Kanji is great practice for mastering kanji reading patterns, and because it uses actual Japanese sentences, you’ll benefit in many other ways:

  • Broaden your vocabulary
  • Benchmark your skills for a JLPT test
  • Improve your grammar
  • Accelerate your Japanese typing speed