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"kanji dict" , posted Sat 1 Oct 06:04:post reply

It has come to my attention recently that in order for me to read J-lit faster I definitely require a kanji dictionary, so I'm looking for an electronic one. But I don't know the differences in quality and utility between brands. So to anyone here who's used or bought one: what should I be looking for? How much should I pay for one?





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"Re(1):kanji dict" , posted Sat 1 Oct 07:13post reply

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It has come to my attention recently that in order for me to read J-lit faster I definitely require a kanji dictionary, so I'm looking for an electronic one. But I don't know the differences in quality and utility between brands. So to anyone here who's used or bought one: what should I be looking for? How much should I pay for one?



I think right now for non Japanese people, this is the best thing to get.

It's overall cheaper than a traditional Japanese electronic dictionary and is designed with the English speaker in mind as opposed to having to use repeated Jumps in order to find out the definition of words. Additionally the word bank size is much larger than most affordable dictionaries. It even has a function where you can draw kanji for lookup.

I think the only drawback is its lack of a keyboard since I don't like using stylus input.






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"Re(2):kanji dict" , posted Mon 3 Oct 15:22post reply

A PDA? Odd, but considering the cheapest dedicated handheld I've found was $200 it might not be a bad idea.

Still I've never used one of those things. How much memory do you need in one? I see 8MB ones for $99 but 8MB sounds awfully small.





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"Re(3):kanji dict" , posted Mon 3 Oct 22:54:post reply

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A PDA? Odd, but considering the cheapest dedicated handheld I've found was Still I've never used one of those things. How much memory do you need in one? I see $200 it might not be a bad idea.

8MB ones for $99 but 8MB sounds awfully small.



Well I bought this one. It's fairly junky but I don't have any problems. I bought an additionally memory stick for about $40 I think. If you read the guy's PDA instructions he'll pretty much list everything you have to buy. The screen is much larger than a standard electronic dictionary so it works pretty well.

Two things that he is not clear about. You have to buy a license for the JOS software which is like $30 I think. If you follow the link on the site it's there, but he doesn't really mention it and I found out after I bought the PDA and started installing stuff. Second the only way to buy the good dictionaries is from a Japanese paypalish site and you will have to navigate it, setup an account and purchase the password to the zip file you download from the dictionary site. It wasn't that hard, but I was slightly nervous that I was misreading something. Just a caveat; it's not terrribly difficult. It took me an afternoon to setup.






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