Easy japanese translator, helpful

Do you have a translation question?
Post Reply
Mrvontar
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun 12.04.2011 5:38 pm
Native language: English

Easy japanese translator, helpful

Post by Mrvontar » Sun 12.04.2011 9:45 pm

If you use google chrome and search for rikaikun, it basically translates japanese into english. Useful if you want to increase your vocabulary and it's free! I hope this comes in handy to people, not sure if it's been posted before.

User avatar
furrykef
Posts: 1572
Joined: Thu 01.10.2008 9:20 pm
Native language: Eggo (ワッフル語の方言)
Gender: Male
Contact:

Re: Easy japanese translator, helpful

Post by furrykef » Mon 12.05.2011 5:43 pm

It's a pretty well known tool, or at least its Firefox cousin (Rikaichan) is.
Founder of Learning Languages Through Video Games.
Also see my lang-8 journal, where you can help me practice Japanese (and Spanish, and Italian!)

User avatar
phreadom
Site Admin
Posts: 1762
Joined: Sun 01.29.2006 8:43 pm
Native language: U.S. English (米語)
Gender: Male
Location: Michigan, USA
Contact:

Re: Easy japanese translator, helpful

Post by phreadom » Mon 12.05.2011 5:55 pm

It's listed right in the "Getting Started" guide.

http://thejapanesepage.com/getting-star ... -materials

They're the most basic and useful free tools for beginner learners in my opinion (software-wise at least), hence their inclusion. ^_^
猿も木から落ちる

User avatar
micahcowan
Posts: 249
Joined: Fri 08.13.2010 2:08 pm
Native language: US English/米語
Location: California, USA
Contact:

Re: Easy japanese translator, helpful

Post by micahcowan » Tue 12.06.2011 1:11 am

This thread as it stands might be a bit misleading.

Rikaichan/rikaikun don't "translate Japanese into English" (even Google translate can't do that, though it tries). It does give dictionary entries (from Jim Breen's EDICT, I believe) for individual words. And often depends on you hovering over the start of the word for it to determine where a word starts.

IOW, the person using it still has to have some proficiency in Japanese in order to make use of it; someone who has had no training at all in Japanese would not be able to make effective use of the tool.

User avatar
phreadom
Site Admin
Posts: 1762
Joined: Sun 01.29.2006 8:43 pm
Native language: U.S. English (米語)
Gender: Male
Location: Michigan, USA
Contact:

Re: Easy japanese translator, helpful

Post by phreadom » Tue 12.06.2011 5:19 am

Good point. Thanks for the clarification Micah. :bow:
猿も木から落ちる

Post Reply