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Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby play_on_my_words » Fri 05.18.2012 10:59 pm

I felt like making a post on programs that relate to Japanese learning and the like. I spent some time into finding them, so hopefully my time spent will help others.

Computer:

Phone (Android):
  • AnkiDroid
  • E-J Dictionary by Naver - A pretty good dictionary which provides sentence examples.
  • Google Japanese IME - Same as stated above.
  • Aedict - a good dictionary however it doesn't have the most extensive dictionary. It's still good and it has a notepad like feature that is useful for storing words you've found while searching.
  • Obenkyo - an overall good tool for those interested in studying for N1-5 studies. The thing to note here is that for kanji studying it will either let you draw the kanji, recognize its meaning, or go by its reading.

Other:
  • Wakan - this program I'm not exactly sure about it seems good but I haven't given it much tinkering around but you can check it out.

Anyway this is a list of programs I've found that are pretty useful for studying Japanese. If I find new programs, I'll try to add it to the list later.
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Re: Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby jimbreen » Fri 05.18.2012 11:31 pm

play_on_my_words wrote:JWPce - basically a dictionary with various ways of looking up kanji. There is no hiragana to kanji conversion when you look up a word in the dictionary ( at least as far as I know, there might be an option to turn it on). ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JWPce )


JWPce is a word-processor, and has a built-in IME. (I forget how you invoke it - it's years since I used it.)

The dictionary function is really ancillary, but it's nice to have it within the WP.

Speaking of WPs and dictionaries, there's a plugin for OpenOffice which allows a RikaiChan-style dictionary lookup by hovering the pointer over text.

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Re: Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby play_on_my_words » Sat 05.19.2012 1:37 am

jimbreen wrote:
play_on_my_words wrote:JWPce - basically a dictionary with various ways of looking up kanji. There is no hiragana to kanji conversion when you look up a word in the dictionary ( at least as far as I know, there might be an option to turn it on). ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JWPce )


JWPce is a word-processor, and has a built-in IME. (I forget how you invoke it - it's years since I used it.)

The dictionary function is really ancillary, but it's nice to have it within the WP.

Speaking of WPs and dictionaries, there's a plugin for OpenOffice which allows a RikaiChan-style dictionary lookup by hovering the pointer over text.

Jim


True its a word-processor, I rarely end up using it for that though. However, others might use it that way. I found an action for converting using Ctrl+F2 but no automatic conversation after looking through it ( I could be blind though). Never knew about the OpenOffice plugin, thanks for the info.
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Re: Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby phreadom » Sat 05.19.2012 11:30 am

jimbreen wrote:Speaking of WPs and dictionaries, there's a plugin for OpenOffice which allows a RikaiChan-style dictionary lookup by hovering the pointer over text.


http://sourceforge.net/projects/itadaki/

or maybe

http://code.google.com/p/itadaki/ (Looks like the bottom 3 downloads on this page are the relevant ones?)

Is that the one you're referring to Jim? :think: (The second one offers compiled versions of the latest development repository, so it's a tiny bit more "up to date" (offering 1.0alpha2 instead of 1.0alpha1), but isn't the actual author or authoritative source etc.)
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Re: Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby jimbreen » Sat 05.19.2012 7:03 pm

phreadom wrote:
jimbreen wrote:Speaking of WPs and dictionaries, there's a plugin for OpenOffice which allows a RikaiChan-style dictionary lookup by hovering the pointer over text.


http://sourceforge.net/projects/itadaki/
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No, the one I mean was "jitenize":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/jitenize/files/

There's a YouTube video of how to install and use it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK5Vs3YQ1jg

It has a nice option that you can get it to create numbered footnotes containing translations. In fact that's its purpose, but you can use it in hover mode as well.

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Re: Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby richvh » Mon 05.21.2012 1:16 pm

jimbreen wrote:JWPce is a word-processor, and has a built-in IME. (I forget how you invoke it - it's years since I used it.)


To invoke the IME, hold down <shift> for the first (romaji) character typed. It will convert on the next shifted character, a punctuation mark or whitespace. A list of possible conversions will be given at the bottom of the main window. I forget how to cycle through them without using the mouse; it should be in the help somewhere.
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Re: Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby Hektor6766 » Mon 05.21.2012 7:53 pm

F2 for the next kanji to the right, F3 to go left. (Or control , > or <)
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Re: Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby Ranja » Sun 06.03.2012 9:20 pm

「NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典」(NHK Dictionary of Japanese Pronunciation and Accents) というのもあります。
iPhone版

Android版
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Re: Compilation of Japanese programs for computer/phone

Postby baskerville » Fri 05.10.2013 8:10 am

I just remembered how useful JWPCE was to me when I was studying Japanese. This was looong before there were apps for everything. I remember using it as my primary word processor and dictionary for anything Japanese. I even created lists of words/phrases I learned from translating showbiz news :blush:
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