If you are here, you might already know what zkanji is. It’s a free program for studying Japanese with features to help you remember words, print word sheets, find kanji with several look-up methods etc.

I’ve opened this blag to share my thoughts about the direction zkanji is heading, and if possible, to read your comments regarding those thoughts.

You can get zkanji at:

  1. Maggie
    July 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Hello, lifesaver! Zanji is the best dictionary I used til now! Keep up with the good work! Just a question: do you plan to develop an app for android?

  2. babak
    July 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    for the great dictionary.
    in JWPce there is alternative search method in which kanji KUN an ON is used . for example you want to look up a word consists of two familiar kanji i.e. “egao” , by typing “warau” and “kao” then converting them to kanji you will reach your goal. I mean if there were an option of converting kana to kanji in search bar it would be perfect.

    by the way there is a word misspelled in line 4.

    thank you very much

  3. July 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Converting to kanji is a function that a word processor like JWPce must do to be usable, so that function is “given”, but in zkanji it wouldn’t be so simple. I’ve noted this down as a feature request but it’s not in front of my list.

    If you mean ‘blag’, that’s not a misspelling, but rather a different word. It’s a combination of blog and brag, and it was invented by the author of the XKCD webcomic.

  4. babak
    August 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I am really sorry for my foolishness

  5. speedersenpai
    October 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    i have a problem with a kanji 燥(はしゃぐ) it only converts to katakana…. any idea why ?

    • October 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Although this is not an MS Japanese IME support blog, I can tell you as much, that if you can’t convert to some kanji, it means the word conversion database in Windows doesn’t have that particular word. This is not the only example, so it’s not that surprising.

      Still, if you need to use that kanji in that word often (although that word is usually written in kana anyway), you can expand the IME’s conversion dictionary with it or with any custom word. Use some search engine to find out how.

  6. babak
    January 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    is the number of kanjis reduced in v0.71 (3884)? it was about 6355 in previous versions.

    • January 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      No, it’s still the same. You probably have some filter on. Also check the “from” combobox.

  7. James
    January 20, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Great program. Thank you!!

    • January 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      You are welcome!

  8. Rikke
    September 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Absolutely brilliant program! I’ve recommended it to my fellow classmates, and all of them give it great praise as well.
    However, I’m puzzled; is there a way of making a study list with just kanji?
    I know the vocab study tool, but I can’t figure out if there’s a way to study the kanji with all (or most common) readings.

    • September 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      There is no kanji study list. There are some other programs that allow that kind of study, but it never helped me so I decided it is not as important as other functions. The long-term study has a second part which lets you type the readings of kanji. The default option is to only show readings for kanji in new words or words that you couldn’t answer during the first part, but you can change that to test the kanji even if you knew the words they are in.

      • Rikke
        September 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

        Thanks for your reply. I guess it kind of makes sense to practice kanji included in words, rather on its own.

  9. arie wijaya
    September 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    To search kanji compound that I encounter in RAW manga without furigana, my usually strategy is to search the radical in each kanji, then copy paste both search result in zKanji search box to get the compound meaning. This is very tedious and time consuming process, especially after 5 – 10 kanji compounds. I know I can using the first kanji then click “Collect words”, then click “Generate list”. After a bit of filtering with “Position” and “Number of kanji word” the result is too numerous especially with common kanji like 石. Is there a feature in zKanji to quickly searching a kanji words with user just choosing 3-4 radicals in that compound?

    • October 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Sorry for the very late reply.

      If you know about kanji stroke order or prepared to learn about it, the fastest way would be to do it with the handwriting recognizer in the dictionary. Even if you have to enter 2-3 kanji, it is faster than using the look-up. That filtering in the kanji list (radicals, skip etc.) is mainly for beginners who don’t read raw manga usually.

      • arie wijaya
        November 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

        Thanks for the very late reply 🙂

        Recently thanks to article in a famous japanese blog, I know there is a online dictionary with multi radical kanji search. The name is Tangorin. To search a unknown kanji compound user simply choose 3 – 4 very simple radical. No more beginner kanji learner like me and the majority zKanji user will scare to death with encounter of compound with complex kanji like 離婚. Just click 隹女日. It found 48 entries. The meaning of 離婚 right there in first entry. Unfortunately, to date there is no offline version of Tangorin. I wish future version of zKanji will implement the same cool feature.

        Btw, sorry for my broken english. English is not my native tongue. I simply cannot express myself

  10. Rikke
    October 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

    In the long-term study list, when I type the english answer, it takes the press of space as “submit”. It’s not _really_ something that makes a big difference, as I obviously know if I had thte answer correct or not, but I was wondering if there’s a way to make a space without submitting the answer.

    Thanks 🙂

  11. July 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Hey there. I’d just like to say that I’m very impressed with your program. Before I found it, I was actually working on my own app in Flash to help me learn, but yours was just a whole other level and I dropped it on the spot. I haven’t used zkanji all that much yet, but you included so many things that I only wished the developers of the many other apps I’ve used could have thought of, and it’s not even in version 1 yet! Very good work, my friend!

    Here are my recommendations:

    – Mark words in the dictionary and in groups that are tested based on the results (of course with an option to mark it as already known)
    – Mark words in study groups for if they should be reviewed again
    – Incorporate word problems (even just using the example sentences)
    – Make the testing interface a bit more visually appealing if possible (chalkboard theme, pencil and paper, etc.)

    (If any of those recommendations are already incorporated, just disregard them, I still haven’t used it for too long)

    • July 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      There are just a couple things I’d like to add; make sure with testing to make it well-known when words use the kana form as opposed to the kanji. Perhaps you could add a toggle that disables the use of kanji for these words in testing (with room for exceptions of course).

      Also, I forgot to mention how amazing it is that this program is free; the fact that you can make this available for no charge is highly commendable. I’ve been experimenting with a well-made online app called WaniKani, but only the first 2 levels of it are free and the rest requires a paid subscription. Good on you for that.

    • July 25, 2013 at 12:03 am

      I don’t consider implementing these suggestions at the moment. Maybe after all features I planned are done, I will start adding something else. I sometimes add things to the program if I like an idea so much though.

      Please note that I usually don’t browse old comments searching for suggestions. If you want to make a suggestion that I’ll see for sure later, you should post it on the feature request page on SF: http://sourceforge.net/p/zkanji/feature-requests/?source=navbar

  12. Senthilkumar
    June 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Dear Zkanji developers,
    I am using this application more then 14 months. I am very thankful to you. It is awesome. I request you to please develop same application for windows phones because only simple application available in windows store for Japanese dictionary. If you develop this application to windows phone that time lot of people can use this application in there mobile.

    • June 10, 2015 at 5:16 am

      I don’t have plans to do that nor think it will happen. Sorry.

  13. gorzerger
    October 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Hi, I’ve been using this program for a while, but I’m finding the popup dictionary to have a, for me, considerable problem: it resizes the kanji to the point that often several strokes (horizontal ones, mostly) don’t show, this makes recognition sometimes difficult, is there some way to use the same size for the popup that the complete interface uses, or can you fix this somehow?

    • gorzerger
      October 5, 2015 at 7:14 pm


      • October 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm

        Try to change your font or the font size in the settings (press Ctrl-I and open the “Fonts” tab there.)

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