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電子辞書 Japanese → English Dictionary
This Japanese → English dictionary can be used as the default dictionary on the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle app for iPhone and iPad. It is made for everyone reading Japanese books and articles who needs a quick and easy translation for words and phrases.
It uses the newest JMdict database and features:
- more than 170,000 entries
- 50,000 example sentences illustrate the use of the word
- clear layout for all entries
- fast look-up for all entries
- all entries are indexed in Kanji and Hiragana/Katakana
- part-of-speech information
- regular updates from the JMdict database will keep the dictionary up-to-date
The 電子辞書 Japanese Names Dictionary from the same series of dictionaries is an ideal supplement and an additional aid for reading Japanese books.
I eventually settled on this one thanks to the low price and I liked the layout of the entries a bit more than the other two offerings I found, since there was little else to differentiate them as they all use JMDict.
It works exactly as advertised on the paperwhite, after you set it as the default dictionary in the settings pane, and can be used to look up words in Japanese books just by doing a long press on the word you would like to look up. It even works great with conjugated verbs, something the free Japanese-Japanese dictionary could never do.
Unfortunately, I was not able to use this dictionary effectively on my android phone, which had been my main reading device until now. I followed the steps described in some of the other reviews to trick my kindle app into using the dictionary, but unfortunately, when used to look up words in books, it would only display the English text of the dictionary entry, not the Japanese pronunciation and example sentences, in the preview pane. Of course, going to the full dictionary view showed everything, but this defeats the point of why I wanted this dictionary. I tried quite a few different permutations of installing the dictionary, so I'm confident in saying that, at least for my android device (a Fujitsu Arrows X), this dictionary cannot be made to work the way that I wanted it to. The main way I use the dictionary function when reading in Japanese is to see the readings of words, so this dictionary (and most likely the others on offer) is presently not useful for me as the default one on my phone.
Considering the problems created by the Kindle update to my phone making even the old Japanese-Japanese dictionary not terribly useful as noted above, I suppose I'll revert to the slower paperwhite, where at least I can use this dictionary, which, as also mentioned above, works much better than the default Japanese-Japanese one. Given all of the above, I rate this dictionary 4 stars.
Hopefully, Amazon will make it possible to select the dictionary you would like to use on the android Kindle app, as can already be done with the paperwhite and (apparently) on iOS.