Is there an app that translates Japanese writing to English?


This is a great question! We often get asked if there’s an app that will translate Japanese writing to English. And while we’ve written before about how you can use Google Translate to convert Japanese text into English, several apps do this as well.

Waygo by VINAYA

Waygo is a free app that uses augmented reality to translate Japanese writing into English. Hold up your phone and aim it at the words you want to solve, and the app will do its thing.

The best part about this app is that it’s available on both iOS and Android devices (as well as on PCs), so you’re not confined to one type of device.

Waygo has been featured in The New York Times, Wired UK, TechCrunch Japan, and other worldwide publications since its launch in 2016.

Memrise Japanese English Dictionary


Memrise is a free language-learning app that uses mnemonic techniques to help you learn. This can be a great way to memorize vocabulary and phrases quickly. The Japanese to English dictionary has over 3000 entries and over 50,000 translations and definitions. They also have flashcards for vocabulary, kanji, and sentence structure, among other things. You can also access the dictionary through your browser if you don’t have their app installed on your phone or computer.

Word Lens Translator

Word Lens Translator is an app that translates text in real-time. The app works with over 70 languages and can translate words, phrases, and entire sentences.

To use the Word Lens Translator app, you must have an internet connection to download the language packs from Google Translate. Once downloaded, you can turn on your camera to have it translate Japanese writing into English text or vice versa (or any other supported language)! If there are multiple languages present on a sign or document, the app will show you how many different translations are available before choosing one at random for display purposes only; no actual translation will occur when multiple languages appear on screen simultaneously due to this limitation within their algorithm which was designed by humans, not computers so don’t worry about getting confused if this happens!

Google translate

Google translate is a free app that can translate between over 100 languages. Of course, Google translate is not as good as a human translator, but it’s good enough for most situations:

  • A traveler doesn’t need to speak the language of their host country. Google translate will allow them to communicate with locals by translating English into that language and vice versa.
  • Students can use this tool if they want to learn another language without knowing it! They can copy and paste the text into the box, and Google translate will give them an instant translation. This saves time spent learning Japanese pronunciation and grammar rules by hand.

The only limitation of this app is its lack of context: when you use words in different contexts or sentence structures, it might get confused or produce incorrect results because it doesn’t know what you mean (this often happens with slang). However, if your goal is essential communication—asking for directions or buying groceries—Google Translate should do just fine!

There are a lot of apps that can help you learn and translate Japanese.

There are a lot of apps that can help you learn and translate Japanese. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for before diving into the sea of available options. Some are free; some cost money; some have more features than others; some are better for learning, while others are better for translating. Either way, there is an app that will be perfect for your needs!

Here’s how we recommend choosing the best one:


Fortunately, the answer is yes. Many apps can help you translate Japanese writing into English. However, some of them have their limitations. For example, they may not be able to translate words written in kanji or katakana characters (because they don’t have a corresponding English word). But, on the other hand, if you know how to read those characters already, then there should be no problem!

So what’s best for you? If it’s just translating kanji words, I recommend an app called “Japanese Dictionary” by Risai Inc. It’s free on Android and iOS platforms, so there’s no excuse not to try it out! Otherwise, if you want something more comprehensive, go ahead with Google Translate (which supports both languages). By using this method, make sure your phone has internet access available so it can connect directly through an online server rather than manually typing everything out one letter at a time; this speeds up the process dramatically because of its ability to take advantage of both sides being bilingual (or multilingual) which allows us to speak or write any language without knowing anything beforehand!


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