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Japanese - English electronic dictionary

Postby Richard7481 » February 7th, 2007 11:31 am

I am after one of these to help with my study but the problem is that, of course, I can walk into Bic or Yodobashi and buy any one of the numerous types on offer but they are really designed for Japanese natives who have a full understanding of the lingo. Are there any that are English native friendly i.e have hirgana or furigana translations etc.?

Cheers. :)

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Postby annie » February 8th, 2007 1:47 pm

Honestly, I haven't gone dictionary shopping since '98, but there weren't any that were designed specifically for foreigners back then.

My Canon Wordtank is decent, in that it has furigana over all of the kanji when you look them up and english definitions, but I think that's standard. There are lots of words that don't have definitions in English, and in those cases there's only the Japanese definition with no furigana.

I'd suggest asking the clerk at the shop for assistance. If you go to Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara, there are plenty of English speaking clerks there. Otherwise just ask anyone for an electronic dictionary that is 外国人に使いやすい.
And then play around with them, and see which one does the most of what you want it to do.

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Postby Richard7481 » February 8th, 2007 11:36 pm

Thanks for the replies :)

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It is a struggle

Postby JonB » February 9th, 2007 11:11 am

but I got my Japanese teacher to show me how to use the wordtank better. You get a lot of kanji but if you know how you can then look the kanji up to get the hiragana but it is not intuitive.

The RM2000 was the only one - now discountinued. But as previously said very limited.

I have to think that this is a missed opportunity by Cannon, Seiko etc

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Postby tori_ningen_fan » May 6th, 2007 11:21 am

Does anyone use a palm pilot? PAdict has worked well so far for me.

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Postby JonB » May 7th, 2007 1:44 pm



Looks like it is designed for kids - but I'm not proud! Dit you get one? Is it any good?

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Re: Japanese - English electronic dictionary

Postby Ulver_684 » May 8th, 2007 1:02 pm

Richard7481 wrote:I am after one of these to help with my study but the problem is that, of course, I can walk into Bic or Yodobashi and buy any one of the numerous types on offer but they are really designed for Japanese natives who have a full understanding of the lingo. Are there any that are English native friendly i.e have hirgana or furigana translations etc.?

Cheers. :)


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Postby sashimidimsum7250 » August 24th, 2007 5:59 am

If you have a Nintendo DS, a cheap electronic dictionary is available:

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/arjj/

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Postby 5197205887644 » June 29th, 2010 5:29 pm

There are lots of words that don't have definitions in English, and in those cases there's only the Japanese definition with no furigana.
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Postby thomasbeswick9196 » August 13th, 2010 11:52 pm

: D ipod touch £130, download 'kotoba!' app, it's free and it contains similar words, example sentences and the stroke order! there are many other applications too. I bought a canon word tank : ( I should have just bought my ipod touch first!

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Re: Japanese - English electronic dictionary

Postby cloa513ch2629 » June 14th, 2013 4:40 pm

A big problem you will face is the number of Japanese words which dictionaries list but aren't ordinary Japanese words - many are one for linguistics. Japanese dictionary writers don't care whether its word that they'd ever use. My mobile dictionary is packed full of obscure words with English translation.

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Re: Japanese - English electronic dictionary

Postby team.relationships » June 18th, 2013 3:22 pm

Hi thomasbeswick9196 and cloa513ch2629!

This app "Kotoba" is caled now "Imiwa" and I use it everyday.
I also use a 電磁辞書(denjijisho) from Casio which is in French, English and Japanese. It's designed for Japanese people, but you can highlight the words to reach the hiragana.
It's a bit expensive, but it's worth it.

This is right that sometimes the words are not really used, but in general, I always have the right one.

Thank you for your comments !

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Re: Japanese - English electronic dictionary

Postby cloa513ch2629 » June 19th, 2013 7:07 pm

Where its a 漢字 だけ 単語 Kanji only Japanese words does the app only list combinations that ordinary Japanese might use. Some tango have alternates that are rare.  


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