Kanji Dictionary: Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten
- This is Japanese DS game, it's fully compatible with US DS System
- Input kanji (stroke-sensitive), kana and the Latin alphabet onto the touch screen
- Japanese-to-English and English-to-Japanese dictionaries
- Word search by kanji
- English pronunciation
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I looked at many options for an affordable, portable dictionary that accepted writing input, but nothing met my needs. The dictionaries from Casio, Seiko, and others cost upwards of $300 and almost all of them didn't have stylus inputs. I tried a Sony Clie PDA, but the included dictionary was minimalist and terrible as a study tool, providing only basic translations and occasionally, examples.
The biggest problem for students of Japanese is seeing a word and not knowing how to pronounce it. Not knowing the yomikata means you have to count strokes and look up by radical, which is often a giant and time-consuming pain in the butt. Writing is invariably faster, and this software is a godsend! It provides plenty of example sentences and usage, and I recommend this highly. If you already have a DS, this is the cheapest and most functional electronic dictionary on the market hands down, in my opinion.
If you don't have a DS, buy one and buy this dictionary. It will pay for itself very shortly in time saved and language skills acquired.
- Cheap: even if you do not already own a DS this is largely cheaper than getting an equivalent standalone electronic dictionary
- Look up words by writing the kanji or inputting the kana. Also, English to Japanese.
- Kanji recognition is very good, provided you know the stroke order
- Large word selection & also some standard phrases / word combinations
- Does not have many onomatopoeias or psychonyms
- Sometimes gives only a contextual example and not a definition.
- English to Japanese only gives kanji, not the reading
The handwriting recognition is superb! It recognizes even my most squiggly chicken scratch! BUT only if I get the kanji stroke order close enough to correct. Therefore, you should make an effort to learn proper stroke order or you will not get the full functionality of this dictionary. For those of us who are stroke order impaired, it would have been nice if you could construct a kanji by selecting radicals like some other e-dictionaries. Usually, though, the handwriting recognition is much faster than the clunky radical-picking technique for looking up kanji.
It also would have been nice if it included a separate kanji dictionary which gave the common meanings and pronunciations for each kanji. As it is, you can only look up whole words with Rakubiki Jiten. But I have a pretty good background in kanji, so this isn't a problem for me. If you are just starting out in Japanese, you might want to invest in a separate kanji dictionary to supplement this one.
You can input words not only by writing them out, but also by typing kana or romaji on a little on-screen keyboard.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent dictionary - it's not a game, and it's all in Japanese but it's clear what they want you to do. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth
It's what I wanted. But honestly it's not the early 2000s anymore. In this day and age, resources like www.Jisho.org are always at your fingertips.Published 12 months ago by Ali Ismail
I just received the game in the mail today, and the item came better than I thought. It was described as used and in very good condition. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Is that your water
I find a bit hard to understand the interface of this dictionary as everything is in Japanese, and I'm a beginner, but I have been able to lookup Kanjis by drawing them in the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Daniel W.
This little "game" actually acts more like an app for your DS. If you have trouble finding Kanji by normal means, you can figure out the stroke order of a specific... Read morePublished 19 months ago by j1314
Being able to draw a kanji character to look it up is a million times easier than looking up each radical. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ric
This dictionary is in japanese and is for japanese people learning english, but HEY It works great for me! Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Jessica