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imiwa? (Japanese dictionary)

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(Powered by iSpeech®)
This application is a multilingual Japanese dictionary for iPhone and iPod touch devices. It offers dictionary/kanji and example sentences full offline use.
Imiwa? was created using the amazing JMdict files from the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group based on the work of Jim Breen on the EDICT project.

Use the Japanese keyboard to look-up words in kana/kanji.
Use the Traditional Chinese character recognition keyboard included in the iPhone system for drawing kanji on screen.

Imiwa? now uses the iSpeech® technology to synthesize voice in many languages including Japanese! This function requires a network connection.

What's New in Version 4.0.1

New in imiwa? 4.0.1

This is a maintenance release addressing the following:

* Correctly layout screen when using Accessibility > Large text system setting
* Correctly clear recent searches if history is completely deleted
* Fixed a couple of crash reasons
* Minor interface adjustments

Previously in imiwa? 4.0

As of now and going forward, imiwa? is iOS7 only. If your device runs an older version of the system the App Store now allows you to download a version compatible with your device.
imiwa? is free as always, does not bother you with advertising nor does it request you repeatedly to rate it on the App Store.

Major changes :
* iOS7 look and feel
* Left side menu replaces tab bar
* QR magic see
* AirDrop dictionary entry, kanji entry or full vocabulary list/backup
* Share by flashing a QR code
* Open lists in external applications supporting the format (e.g. Kanji flow - flash cards)
* You can now nest vocabulary lists to better organise them
* Personal notes for dictionary and kanji entries
Implemented a « jump to dictionary search » shortcut at top of side menu: From any screens you are at most 2 taps away from starting a search
* Russian interface localisation

* Implemented swipe to favourite on example sentences
* Multiradical search is much much faster
* Preview a few compounds in kanji view
* Offline voice synthesis thanks to new iOS7 feature when no network connection
* Use of dynamic fonts, lighter fonts used throughout (font size control is now in system settings)
* Added button on every screen to unwind screen stack to top view
* Implemented recent searches when search field is being edited
* Removed 2 finger swipe to pop-up in view hierarchy (replaced by iOS7 swipe right from edge)
* Increased history retention to 150 items (was 50)

If you like imiwa? please consider leaving a rating on the App Store review page.


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Customer Reviews

A must have for any learner of Japanese

This app is a life saver, one of the best free apps I've ever used and comes with tons of features. If you want to search by drawing kanji on the screen, enable a traditional Chinese handwriting keyboard in your iphone language settings, this can make searching a lot quicker.

The analyser is amazingly helpful, but I often find myself reaching the word limit, is there any possibility that the analyser limit could be raised? The dictionary analysis is so much more powerful than any of the dedicated Japanese reader apps I own so I being able to copy and paste in a longer text file would help so much.
But thankyou so much got this app :)

Analyse Feature

This feature could be a 5 star app by itself. I used to paste difficult text messages and e-mails into Google Translate or look up the kanji I couldn’t read one by one, but this is now the go-to. It eliminates the long process of dictionary lookup (which there is often not time for) and means I don’t have to resort to English to understand my friends and colleagues.

Imiwa contains serious errors.

There are serious errors in some of the transliteration of the Japanese sentence examples into Romaji.

I have contacted Jim Breen about this. He was very helpful and said that Imiwa is not his but is merely 'based on' his original dictionary and that these errors are probably caused by machine translation. The title page does indeed say 'based on'.

No Japanese speaker would ever make such errors. However, they are very confusing to beginners in particular. There is a warning/disclaimer on the support website that the database contains many such errors.

Imiwa has many good reviews but I wonder whether these reviewers really know Japanese.

Imiwa can be useful but I suggest extreme caution in its use, as does its support website. It is good for its audio pronunciation and has and many good points but, if you are not an expert speaker, be very careful and check with a native or expert speaker.

imiwa? (Japanese dictionary)
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.0.1
  • Size: 759 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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