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2012/05/03 / Gem R. Zhang

OBENKYO: an Android Apps for Preparing JLPT Exam

Lately I’ve been busy preparing for the JLPT as a teacher and as a learner. I felt guilty that I was not able to update this blog for almost a week now. So as a make-up for it, I’ll be sharing a study technique/way that might be helpful to Android users who are preparing for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Exam.

Yes, Android users, who are busy-body people, that are already relying on Smart phones for more convenience in work, lifestyle, and even in studies 😀

At this time, I can’t see myself as a tech geek yet…(or that could be even difficult to imagine XD) but I’ll try to explain it simply from what I understood about this Apps that I’m about to introduce now 🙂

OBENKYO App Logo お勉強 ロゴ

Once you start-up the Apps it will lead you directly to the Main Menu. As you can see, it’s a list of the most essential areas in studying Japanese Language, grouped in categories.


OBENKYO Main Menu Interface

Each category are paired with “arrows” found at each side, arrows pointed at the left << and arrows pointed at the right >>. Arrows to the left << leads you to list of pointers and study notes for each specific category for study, while arrows to the right >> leads you instant quizzes and drills.

Now let’s understand more about this Application given a tour with the category that most of us loved… Kanji 😀

Access <<, brings us to a Kanji list that is grouped according to the standard JLPT leveling. This pattern goes the same as well with the Vocabulary category. JLPT leveling here is even updated based from the current leveling that is practiced nowadays…the levels N5, N4, N3, N2 and N1. This is convenient for me who are preparing for JLPT, so that we can easily choose our parameter for study. Plus, there is a list of additional Kanji & Vocabularies provided for those who wish for additional learning.

Access << again with the given menu list above, brings us to this Kanji list. Difficulty level depends upon the JLPT level. Below image is from JLPT level N5(entry level of JLPT).

Each Kanji characters’ details about its On Yomi, Kun Yomi, sample vocabularies are seen by clicking on each Kanji.

Similar features goes as well for other categories.

Hiragana List

a quick review Particle List

Now back again to the Main Menu for Kanji category access >>. This brings us to where we can now put our learning into application through quizzes and drills.

There are 3 different drills for Kanji: Finding Kanji by multiple choice, Recognizing Kanji meanings, and Kanji writing practice by strokes. My favorite drill is the Kanji writing by stoke because I can get to practice my writing skills, memorize Kanjis, and I can master the correct stroking for each Kanji. This is done with the use of your finger tip or pen.

Recognize Kanji Meanings

Kanji Draw

Similar features goes as well for other categories.

Hiragana Draw

Another interesting feature with this application is that you can get to review back your answers even in the middle of a quiz. You can even get to review back your mistakes and errors along with the correct answers and explanations! 🙂

This feature same goes as well with the other categories. (I’m sorry for the bad hand writing XD)

And of course Grammar! As the most fundamental part in studying Japanese… so let’s take a short tour around Grammar category as well 😀

Access <<, brings you to an everything-you-need notes, explanations, and summaries from the Introduction of the Writing system, Basic Grammar, Essential Grammar, and up to Advanced Topics!(?) Wow… Me myself hasn’t even learned that yet! (o_O)

And the contents of each Topic are easy to read and digest quick explanations, plus with example sentences!

And then enjoy at anytime, at anyplace… more Quizes and Drills~!

Also you can even set the difficulty level, number of flash cards, and other settings for easy evaluation on your quizzes and results…

So who says that you don’t have time for study? It actually takes only for a few techniques to spend on to find that luxury of time! You may invest on a Smart phone to get an Apps like this (I’m not sure if Obenkyo is made available to iOS users…apologies), or watch lots of J-dramas (learning while having fun) as what my colleagues would also suggest. There are tons of ways to make time for study. There are even different ways to peel a banana!

And this is just one of those ways that I can suggest, and hoping that it can also help you as what it had helped me with my busy sched.

Japanese language study at a finger tip away~ 😀

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  1. atomusk / May 4 2012 6:34 PM

    Hi, I am the developper of this app 🙂

    Thanks for the review, I am happy you liked it 😉

    And no, it will not be released on the iOS App store for financial reasons (I would need 100$/month + have to buy myself a mac). But it is availyable on the Blackberry market (for Playbook), & winphone marketplace 🙂


    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / May 5 2012 1:01 AM

      Hi Atomusk! wow I’m so surprised and felt so honored having been visited by the big Man/Woman behind my favorite App. Thank you so much in taking time to visit and even dropped in a comment. Yes, I really like the App that I wanted to “seriously..” (lol) write about it and share it with. Our readers liked your App too when they read about my post. They were thankful! Your App is really helpful and simple to understand. And it makes learning fun too. Hope that you can develop more Apps like this. Hope that you could visit us again and hope to hear more from you. More power and God bless! 🙂

  2. atomusk / May 5 2012 7:37 AM

    大げさだ ^^; I am far from a “great man”, most of the work for the data comes from great Creative Commons projects like “KanjiVG” or “Tae Kim’s Guide”. My only real work was to make an app out of them 🙂

    The app still need much work, and I hope I will be able to find time to do all the things in my todo list


    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / May 23 2012 4:32 AM

      I’m sorry about the gender confusion ^^ hehe I see. You’ve actually choose good references and contents for the application! May God bless you more great works! 🙂 I recently got an update for the Obenkyo hehe I was really happy about it! 😀

  3. Vafa / Jun 23 2014 10:22 AM

    I’ve been using Obenkyo for a while and It helped me a lot but I realised when I go online because my smartphone was down, that the numbers of kanji in the list for N5,N4 etc are different as to the list in the app. For example, Obenkyo N5 has around 76 kanji. While I tried to do online study, I was shocked when I saw that there were lists that have 81 or 103.

    I was wondering whether the Kanji list that I’ve learned in Obenkyo would be sufficient to pass a JLPT because the exam is fast approaching and I’ve just found this out now. Please reply soon. I am afraid I won’t be able to pass.

  4. atomusk / Aug 13 2014 8:56 AM

    Hi, as far as I know there is no official list of kanji to know for JLPT.
    The only list I could get my hand on was list for previous exam.

    Could you point to me the source so that i could update the app ?



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