Ogenki desu ka?
In our generation today, phones are more useful than ever. It’s Capabilites is not limited to calling, texting, emailing etc anymore. It became more like a “necessity” because of its features that can help us with our daily lives. Just like these Apps that I’ve been using in order to survive a foreign land like Japan.
You may already have these apps on your phone but i’ll share it anyways for those who are new or planning to come in Japan. Note that I use an iphone some apps may not be available for android.
If you are looking for a reliable mobile dictionary. I highly recommend this app. I have been using this dictionary ever since Iphone 3gs days. I can easily look for the meaning of the new words I hear from my Japanese co-workers. What I love about this app is that it can be used even if you dont have an internet connection. Too bad this app is not available for android.
Who doesn’t love google translate? You can scan and translate japanese texts easily. Though it is not 100% accurate, atleast you can have an idea what the text is all about. Back it up with imiwa in case the texts were not translated properly.
Need to scan documents but dont have a printer? Camscanner and adobe scan is the best app for that. We have a printer that have a scanner but sometimes we need to scan documents on the go so I have these apps on my phone. Camscanner is a paid app in a monthly basis while adobe scan is free. I prefer camscanner over adobe scan because it has better features than the latter. Like scanning front and back of the ids on a single page. Also, invest on touch pens because you can affix a signature on pdf/word documents with these apps.
No printer ? No problem! Netprint from seven eleven is the best app for that. I always use this when I ran out of ink. You just upload your files in this app then go to seven eleven’s multipurpose machine usually found beside their atm. Select netprint and input the documents’ code, put in some coins and you are good to print! I’ll make a separate post for this apps tutorial since the machine is only available in Japanese language.
Printsmash is also a printing app similar to netprint but for lawson and family mart. The app is available in english but im not sure if the machine is also in english. If seven eleven is too far and these two combini is closer to you then use this app instead.
履歴書カメラ（rirekishou camera) is an ID app by townwork. I use this app if I need a photo for my rirekihsou. It has several sizes 3x4cm , 2.4×3.0cm and 3.5×4.5cm. After taking a picture you can print it via netprint or printsmash.
These apps are just some of the apps that I have and and they really helped me a lot. My Japanese skills are just in the average level so having these apps is a life saver! Do you have a useful app too? Share it in the comment section.