Learn Kanagram

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Kanagram is a free and open source word game application. It has in-built word lists for different categories. A vocabulary editor is included, and the user can download other word lists and create their own word lists for existing or new categories.

Basic information

ICT Competency Kanagram is a free and open source application for creating subject (language) resources.

This tool can be used to strengthen language skills (vocabulary).

Educational application and relevance Kanagram is an educational game that uses anagrams. It provides a set of jumbled letters and the user needs to guess what the original word is. There is no time limit or limitations at attempts, and a hint system is built in.

It can also be used to build general knowledge, by providing different examples of a category (such as different kinds of spices, or different festivals etc)

Version Version - 1.2. It is a part of the Kde.edu package.
Configuration No specific configuration requirements
Other similar applications Tanglet
The application on mobiles and tablets Anagram mobile applications for Android similar to Kanagram are available on Fdroid - AnagramSolver and Agram.
Development and community help
  1. KDE Edu Kanagram Handbook
  2. KDE Official Website

Overview of Features

  1. Kanagram features several built-in word lists, hints, and feature which reveals the original word.
  2. Kanagram also has a vocabulary editor, so you can make your own vocabularies.


  1. The application is part of the Ubuntu custom distribution.
  2. In case you do not find it on your computer, you can install by typing Kanagram on top search bar in Software Centre.
  3. If you would like to install through the terminal follow these steps below:
    1. Open terminal by clicking Applications->System Tools->Terminal or through Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T
    2. In the terminal window, type below command and press enter to start the installation by providing your machine password:
    3. sudo apt-get install kanagram

Working with the application

Kanagram interface

  1. You can open Kanagram through Applications -> Education -> Kanagram. You will see this interface
  2. The Kanagram menu options / features are as follows (as per number indicated in the image)
    1. 1 and 2: use to change the vocabulary category.
    2. 3: It changes to next word
    3. 4: Hint key5: Timer : You can set timer for each word to complete
    4. 6: Configure Kanagram : You can add extra categories and words to it
    5. 7: Quit: exits from Kanagram
  3. 3. Hint key gives the hint for guessing the jumbled word. Hint will display in the right part of the screen.

Playing a word game

  1. If we type the correct word and press the Enter key, it will take you to the next word. If your guess is wrong, it will not go next word, manually you have to click on next.
  2. Reveal word - shows the answer (correct word is shown by arranging the jumbled words)

Creating your own word lists

Kanagram will allow you to create your own vocabularies files (word lists) and also you can edit it when you needed.

  1. Create your own vocabularies by clicking on Configure Kanagram -> Vocabularies.
  2. You can create vocabulary lists for new categories that you can create on Kanagram, such as 'Rivers of India' or 'Telangana districts' etc. To create 'Rivers of India', Click on "Create New" in Vocabularies. Here add Vocabulary name (Rivers) and description (Rivers of India). Then click on "New word". Now enter district name and hint. then click on "SAVE".
  1. Presently you cannot edit new vocabularies in English, which you create from within Kanagram application. To do that, you need to do the following
    1. Go to .local/share/apps/kvtml/en folder.
    2. Right click on your kvtml file and open with "gedit" (Application -> Accessories -> Text Editor).
    3. Copy the code as shown with box at 3rd image.
    4. Change entry id, (increase the entry id by 1), add river name within text and add hints within comments.
    5. In same way you can create any number of words for your vocabulary. You need to increase the entry id by another count of 1,every time.
    6. Save your gedit file in the above mentioned Kanagram folder and open Kanagram to view added word list.
    7. (Another option is to simply create a new list in Kanagram with the revised list of words)
  2. Below is the sample entry for word in kvtml file:
<entry id="0">
  <translation id="0">

Creating vocabulary in your local language (other than English)

  1. Kanagram also supports Indian languages. You can create categories and word lists within a category. You can also provide 'hints' for each word. Currently the local language functionality is not working with complex words which are peculiar to Indian languages (like joint words or ottakshara). We currently can use Kanagram only for creating simple words in Telugu or other Indian languages. This issue may get solved in future upgrades of Kanagram.
  2. To edit new vocabularies which you create from within Kanagram application go to .local/share/apps/kvtml/en folder. Right click on your kvtml file and open with "gedit". Edit in the same manner explained in the earlier section.

While playing with local language vocabulary in Kanagram application, please select your language to type in Kanagram. To select your language, go to desktop top panel and click on "En" and choose "KaGaPa phonetic" keyboard.

Saving the files and formats

Not Applicable

Advanced features


Ideas for resource creation

You can use this to build quiz and question puzzles to learn language. You can also create word lists for concepts in other subjects.


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