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This Japanese/English dictionary is massive, yet easily fits inside your iPhone or iPad. Contains more than 174,650 entries and 52,000 examples, as well as stroke order animations for kanji and kana. Japanese works completely offline, an internet connection is not required. Updates are free.
・Extremely fast startup and search
・Search either English-Japanese or Japanese-English
・Results are sorted by relevance. The best match appears at the top, so you can reach the right word quickly
・Begins-with ("free" to find "freely"), exact match ("free") or ends-in search ("free" to find "carefree")
・Enter Japanese words in the Latin alphabet
・Entering conjugated forms (ex. 食べます tabemasu) will find the proper dictionary entry (食べる taberu)
・Enter a number to see its Japanese pronunciation
Enter unknown characters in different ways:
・Draw using the built-in Handwriting Recognition
・Input components (for example 日 + 月 will find 明)
・Input SKIP code (for example Left-4 Right-9 will find 福)
・Example sentences include reading hints
・All pronunciations can be shown in the latin alphabet (romaji)
・Conjugations of verbs, adjectives and counters
・Compounds (引く hiku is contained in 引き出す hikidasu, 注意を引く chūi-wo-hiku, …)
・Similar looking characters (人 入 八 …)
・Kanji by radical or school year
WORK WITH IT
・Mark headwords with different colors
・Create your own vocabulary lists
・Exchange lists with friends and classmates
・Add notes to dictionary entries
・Integrated SRS flashcard learning system
・Use nearly any list as a source for flashcards
・Prepare for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
・Study kanji by radical or school year
What's New in Version 3.4
• Now updated for iPhone 6 and iOS 8
• 1164 new and 6447 updated entries
• Import lists from imiwa? and Midori via AirDrop
• Bug fixes
Please note: The next version of Japanese is going to require iOS 8.
Essential to a Japanese language student
I rated this app 3 1/2 years ago, when I first started studying Japanese. I'm 4 years in now and have never used another app. This is the only one you need, and now it is free.
In my 4 years of study, I've made over 400 lists. I've loaded the program down with so many long and meticulous notes, that a normal app probably wouldn't even be able to start. But this is no normal app. This is a piece of ingenuity. I don't know how the programmers did it, but they made the sturdiest app I've ever used. Sure it crashes sometimes, but never has data been lost, and with an easy backup system that sends the data right to my inbox, I can rest assured my 400 lists and endless notes are not going anywhere soon. I trust this app with my life, because my life is Japanese study.
Best app ever.
Best Japanese Dictionary I've Used.
I've had this for a while and love it. I actually finished translating a whole lot of Japanese text over the last two weeks, and this didtionary was immensely helpful when I had to look things up. The only problem with the current version is that, like that other user, the app doesn't seem to remember its state on my iPad Air after I updated to iOs 8.1. It put a bit of a crimp in my kanji memorization, but It's not insurmountable. However, I do hope that the developers get that issue sorted out in the next update. That being said, for the value I've gotten over the years that I've had this dictionary, I can't recommend it enough.
Spaced repetition, iCloud sync, ordered search results
Search results need to be ordered by their commonality or usefulness. Often, as a beginner, the common word is way down the list, with some esoteric words at the top. Maybe a simple sort results in order of JLPT level? If it’s a JLPT word, it’s likely to be quite common.
Flashcards use some quasi alphabetical order, not spaced repetition. Interval recall or spaced repetition is essential to modern day memorization. See “Genius” app on sourceforge for an awesome algo; maybe it’s license can allow you to integrate it?
Also, wish there was iCloud sync for lists... Manually tracking which list is up to date, and manually emailing it to myself doesn't work very well. Will be essential, too, if there might ever be a Mac version of this dictionary! Someday?