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    A Japanese dictionary is a-must while playing j-games. Some of you may be using JquickTrans. However, it is not free. Below is the link of Jim Breen's website in which you can find a lot of info about free offline Japanese electronic dictionaries that use Breen's edict files:
    http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/japanese.html

    The edict and kanji files can be downloaded at:
    http://ftp.monash.edu.au/pub/nihongo/

    One can also find many free edict clients on sourseforge.net:
    http://sourceforge.net/index.php

    I have tried many of the free edict clients. Below are the three clients that I am happy with:
    (1) JLookUp
    http://jlookup.aumaan.no-ip.org/
    An excellent easy-to-use client. It has bulit-in kana IME. Highly recommended. However, the English->Japanese is not very convenient.

    (2) Trayamslator:
    http://trayam.sourceforge.net/
    A very good client. The con side is that it is written in VB and not very stable.

    To setup Trayamslator, follow the instruction in the readme file. Do not use the EUC-SJIS convertor which comes with Trayamslator. Some kanji cannot be converted correctly. Just delete the SJIS.exe file. Instead, use the T-converter attached below.

    (3) Mini Japanese Dictionary:
    http://www.mikejohnson.dsl.pipex.com/CEStuff/w2kdic.htm
    The program itself is of very small size and efficient. However its search function is not as powerful as Trayamslator.

    I haven't tried JWPce, since it is not a stand-alone dictionary client.

    For the commerical one, I used Dr. Mouse. It has OCR function and it works in some games.
    http://anonym.to/?http://www.justsystems.com/jp/drmouse

    Now, I mainly use EBWin with 三省堂 スーパ大辞林. EBWin is a client for EPWING format dictionary, and 三省堂 スーパ大辞林 is basically a jp-jp dictionary, but it also contains jp-eng for some entries. Of course, 大辞林 is not free, but with some effort one can find it on web.
    http://anonym.to/?http://www31.ocn.ne.jp/~h_ishida/
    Attached Files
    Last edited by landau; 01-02-2009, 08:29 PM. Reason: Fix broken link.

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    sweet find. thanks for the link landau
    I'm not legendary

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    • #3
      As for me, I am using Jardic dictionary with externally loaded edict and kanji files. For simple word translations without any unecessary functions it doesn't get better than that.
      For kanji lookup I am using KanjiQuick, and although I am sure it is not the best kanji program ever it does have everything I need and I am pretty satisfied with it too.

      As for the japanese-english dictionaries, there are tons of them, you just have to use google for a few minutes. Most of them are using few available externally attachable kanji and word collection files.

      Much more interesting in my opinion are english-japanese off-line dictionaries, which are very rare and hard to find.
      For that, simple google search will not be of much help anymore.
      If anyone knows of such a dictionary, please post a link here. I am sure many will be gratefull for that.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Astral100
        Much more interesting in my opinion are english-japanese off-line dictionaries, which are very rare and hard to find.
        Since the edit file contains the description of the meaning of the Japanese words in English, one can do the reverse search to find the corresponding Japanese for a given English word. The two clients I mentioned above are capable to do the English-Japanese search.

        If you want to find a proper English-Japanese dictionary, I am afraid you have to search through google in Japanese, since such dictionary is usually targeted to English learners of native Japanese. Of course, not to mention those dictionaries are commercial ones. For the people who can master English fluently, I think the edict file is more than enough.

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        • #5
          Crap. I bought JQuickTrans a few weeks ago.

          Still, it's a good dictionary and I like the features... Meh, after using the freebie version for several months, I guess I don't mind supporting the creators.

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          • #6
            If you want to find a proper English-Japanese dictionary, I am afraid you have to search through google in Japanese, since such dictionary is usually targeted to English learners of native Japanese. Of course, not to mention those dictionaries are commercial ones.
            Yes that is exatly the kind I tried to find and with no luck whatsoever.
            The real eng-jap dictionary would be greatly superior to the reverse-searchable jap-eng word collections.
            Thanks for the idea though, I guess I will really have to try searching on japanese pages. And they may just have them. As for the commercial version, I will do something about it don't worry

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            • #7
              oo japanese dictionarys
              these are free japanese dictionaries?
              i was looking for this

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              • #8
                Don't forget JWPce (an edict client too)
                http://www.physics.ucla.edu/~grosenth/jwpce.html
                It's a free japanese word processor with a nice built-in dictionary
                It can look up for kanjis in various methods

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                • #9
                  Thanx ppl!

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                  • #10
                    NICE~but i learn japanese in the school now~

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                    • #11
                      for people who want to buy english japanese dictionaries, i suggest sanseido's romaji dictionary. it's english-japanese and japanese-english and very easy to use. when complemented with a pocket version of nelson you would have all you need.

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                      • #12
                        great! i have never use such good trans tools like JWPce!

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                        • #13
                          nice!!!! This can help with my University studies as well, thank-you!!!

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                          • #14
                            Well I have the best Japanese<->English dictionary ever: My Japanese housemate. ^^
                            Shinsen-Subs

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                            • #15
                              erm
                              half of that is like
                              japanese
                              to me hehe XD
                              ok on the serious side..
                              ive got pimsleur's 1+2 japanese and workbooks.. but its looking like that isn't gonna be enough to learn the language
                              and i do know that at some point ill have to do some traveling to get cultural references and all that down
                              but i do want to be able to watch my anime and understand it all without subs, so would yall please recommend a personal growth plan from nothing to fluent? i really appreciate it thanx.
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                              another stupid sig by the ops

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