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imiwa? (Japanese dictionary)

By Pierre-Phi di Costanzo

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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

The best Japanese-English Dictionary

Of all of the Japanese-English dictionaries I've used, this one is the fastest and most intuitive in absolutely every category. The examples and grammar (conjugation for verbs and i adjectives, declension for nouns and na adjectives) are very helpful in improving my understanding of words in context, and Kanji lookup is fairly easy if you know its reading.

The only thing it's missing is the ability to let me scribble kanji on the screen and guess which one I mean, but it's not a kanji dictionary and I don't expect that of it.

I liked the old interface better, but this one is all right. The menu font is small for an iPod Touch, though.

Super job!

I've been looking up kanji using electronic devices since their inception. From dedicated electronic dictionaries to custom software on Toshiba PDAs. This version of Imiwa blows away the previous version. I am really impressed by the breadth of utility combined with ease of use. It looks great too. I love the education sets and gif's that play automatically to show you stroke order. For me linkage to kanji combinations and example usage in a sentence is important to discern the right word for a specific context. I've seen nothing else like this. And it links with Jim Breen's outstanding JMdict database from Monash U. With this version maybe I can finally retire my '76 Nelson's.

This app covers practically everything!

This app is very helpful for anyone trying to learn Japanese. It teaches you the meaning of each kanji character— even going so far as to provide definitions in languages besides English, the stroke order, the many different pronunciations… Even how to conjugate verbs! You can't go wrong with that price of $0.00 either!

This app is just about as good as it gets, but there are a couple of things I'd like to see in the future. I'd love to see iCloud support for the lists and notes. The menu items are little too small, and swiping to favorite/unfavorite a kanji appears a bit finicky (but works).

imiwa? (Japanese dictionary)
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2014
  • Version: 4.0.1
  • Size: 323 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Seller: Pierre-Philipp di Costanzo

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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