The Outlier Kanji Dictionary

A revolutionary new learners' dictionary of Kanji for Yomiwa, on iOS and Android!

Developed by a team of linguists and expert teachers, our dictionary teaches you how kanji ACTUALLY work, based on the latest research.

Learning the real underlying logic of the writing system will more than double your learning efficiency and allow you to see the real sound and meaning connections between kanji.

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Essentials Edition

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One time purchase, not a subscription!

The Essentials Edition includes:
  • 2200+ characters as of newest update (plus regular updates until we reach 3000+)
  • Detailed explanation for each kanji
  • Meaning tree for every character: how are all the meanings related to each other?
  • Common example vocabulary for each kanji
  • Pitch accent information for all vocabulary
  • Ancient forms for all semantic components

You'll get an activation code and instructions via email upon release!

Expert Edition

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One time purchase, not a subscription!

The Expert Edition includes everything in Essentials, plus extensive information about the origin, evolution, and other historical information for every kanji.
You'll get an activation code and instructions via email upon release! You'll get the current version of the Essentials Edition, plus all the Expert entries we've finished so far (currently 190). We'll be adding new entries regularly, and you'll get all of those updates until it's finished!

Easy to Set up!

Step 1: Order

When you check out from our store, you'll get an order confirmation email and an email with an activation code and instructions.

Step 2: Get Yomiwa

If you don't already have Yomiwa installed on your iOS or Android device, install it! It's an awesome free Japanese dictionary app, and our dictionary is an add-on.

Step 3: Activate

Just enter your activation code into Yomiwa, wait for the dictionary to download, and you're all set! Enjoy learning kanji the Outlier way!

What our customers are saying:

"I bought this. It has helped me recognise and even pronounce characters I have never seen before thanks to my recognition of patterns from the explanations."

Soroush Torkian (Canada)

"After a lot (really a lot) of failed tests with different books, apps and methods, the only way that the [kanji] sticks in my mind is OKD's brief, concise and REAL explanation!"

Alessandro Agostinetti (Italy)

"I received the PDF of the first poster and it has already proven valuable in my daily studies. I also ordered the [dictionary] add-on and use it quite frequently."

Johannes Steigerwald (Germany)

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"Every so often a really good resource comes along. It's The Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters."

-Prof. Victor Mair
University of Pennsylvania

"I feel like I have a virtual 1-on-1 Chinese teacher, giving me a better sense of how the writing system functions."

-Dr. David Moser
Yenching Academy, Peking University

"They have put a lot of thought into how foreigners learn Chinese, and they’ve come up with a better way to learn characters."

-John Pasden
AllSet Learning & Mandarin Companion