Japanese (App)

Tofugu Review:

There are tons of Japanese reference and learning apps out there, so if this one looks familiar to you, don’t worry. That’s because it isn’t new at all. It’s been around on iOS since 2008.

But Japanese has undergone some major changes recently and is now the shiny, new version 4!

This app has a ton of new content:

  • Built-in Japanese-English dictionary with

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Kanshudo is the fastest and most enjoyable way to learn and remember the Japanese kanji and written Japanese generally. Whatever your current level of Japanese ability, Kanshudo will help you improve, with assessment tools such as our unique visualization of your kanji ability, the Kanji Wheel, games such as Kanji Match and Word Match, the Kanji Quiz, fun and engaging Beginner lessons and Intermediate lessons, … [ Read more ]


RomajiDesu is another free online Japanese ⇆ English dictionary. You may type a word in Japanese, Hiragana, Romaji or English. A mobile-friendly version is available as well. Other features include sample sentences, audio pronunciation, kanji information and stroke order diagrams.


Translating documents from desktop applications is always a bit difficult due to inadequate translating resources provided (if at all) by applications, such as, text editors, word processors and messenger application. Transmiti is a Google Powered portable application which is capable of translating text from any application. It can translate selected text or entire documents using a hotkey. You can either copy the translation to clipboard … [ Read more ]


Websaru.info is a free online Japanese learning resource dedicated in helping English speakers to get inside Japanese language and culture.

NOTE: doesn’t appear to accept romaji input for Japanese to English or be as generally robust and useful as some of the others available.

nciku Japanese Dictionary

The nciku Japanese Dictionary brings together three essential language learning tools: Japanese, English and Bilingual dictionaries to help you fully understand a word, with kanji details and audio pronunciation; an innovative handwriting recognition tool to help you look up Japanese words you see written down but don’t know how to type; and a range of customized vocabulary lists and memorization tests to help you build … [ Read more ]

Tagaini Jisho

Tagaini Jisho is a free, open-source Japanese dictionary and kanji lookup tool that is available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux and aims at becoming your Japanese study assistant. It allows you to quickly search for entries and mark those that you wish to study, along with tags and personal notes. It also let you train entries you are studying and follows your progression in … [ Read more ]


This online dictionary is “based off the Kenkyusha dictionaries. The English entries are good, but the Japanese entries are superb, breaking the word down into all of its potential meanings(including peripheral or metaphorical ones), cross-linking most of the compounds in its definition to other entries and in many cases giving example sentences. It is definitely more useful for intermediate and advanced students… It took a … [ Read more ]

Japanese Kanji Dictionary (with Sound)

With this online dictionary you can lookup the details and pronunciations of Kanji. Each Kanji is presented by a grade, a stroke count, an enlarging image with Kyokasho (Kyoukasho) font, stroke order, radical, English meaning, On-yomi (phonetic reading), Kun-yomi (native Japanese reading), the example of each reading, and special reading. Moreover, each Kanji has audio files so you can listen to the pronunciation of the … [ Read more ]

Babel Fish Translation

Babel Fish is a well-known site that will allow you to translate a block of text or a web page. I leave it to you to decide how accurate it is…

Hiragana no Megane

This site lets you input a URL and then it will display it with furigana.

Editor’s Note: with the development of tools like rikaichan I don’t see a strong need for this site, but it may suit some people’s tastes so I am adding it…


JEDict is multilingual dictionary for Mac computers that is capable of searching any plain text files including:
* all Japanese-English dictionaries from Monash University FTP Archive.
* Wadoku JT (Japanisch-Deutsches elektronisches Wörterbuch).
* .DIC and .DZ dictionaries from BEDIC project.
* XDXF files.
* EIJIRO files (not free).

Originally JEDict was developed as Japanese-English dictionary, therefore it supports all conceivable methods of kanji lookup. JEDict … [ Read more ]

Denshi Jisho

Denshi Jisho is a web-based Japanese dictionary with word, kanji and sentence databases drawn from the WWWJDIC project. The site has a simple, clean design, but beyond that it also has a number of helpful features which make it more than just a pretty interface for Jim Breen’s dictionaries.
1. search results also link to Example Sentences, Kanji Details, Goo Jisho, Yahoo Jisho, Google, Google … [ Read more ]


Another reason to migrate to Firefox – rikaichan, from Polarcloud.com , is a Firefox extension that displays a popup showing the English definition of Japanese words as your cursor passes over them. Enabled/disabled with a simple right mouse-click rikaichan is the perfect companion when you browse the 新聞、朝日新聞 or 日経新聞 online. But there’s more. Installing rikaichan puts a Lookup a Word item in the Tool menu … [ Read more ]

http://spencer.blackmarket.net Dictionary

Do you want a japanese english online dictionary or to lookup kanji?
# dictionary – lookup japanese or lookup english words, translations between both.
# kanji – lookup kanji by radicals and sub-radicals and search for the japanese word using that kanji
# custom dictionary – save english or japanese words into a private dictionary for later use
# useful phrases – a set of useful japanese … [ Read more ]


This site is incredibly useful – just paste a URL or selected Japanese text, hit Go and you will see your page or text reproduced but with a twist – when you mouse over a word you will see a definition and readings for that word.

Note: POPjisyo.com offers more or less the same thing and is, apparently, an imitator of this site. You can’t … [ Read more ]


This is a great site! Enter the address of a webpage which has Japanese encoding into the URL box. In the Dictionary next to that, choose the type of translation you want to perform and hit GO. Now the new page will show pop-ups in English of the meanings of the words as you pass your mouse over them. Similar to Rikai.com – but maybe … [ Read more ]

Reading Tutor

The Reading Tutor was designed to help JFL/JSL learners improve their reading skills in Japanese. This system was developed specifically to help learners study written Japanese at their own pace, in their own way.

Here’s what is in the toolbox to help you start reading Japanese or improve the skills you already have.

Dictionary Tool:
– Japanese-Japanese Dictionary Tool
Just click … [ Read more ]