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[edit] Learning Japanese

[edit] Open-source Software

  • Nihongo Benkyo is a Japanese dictionary and Japanese learning tool for Linux and Windows.
  • JFC Japanese flashcard program. Can be used to drill user-created wordlists. Complements JWPce well.
  • JFC for Mac OS X Mac version of Japanese flashcard program. It seems quite undeveloped.
  • PyJflash is both a Japanese flashcard viewer and a spreadsheet-like conversion utility and editor supporting various formats for Windows, Linux and Unix-like OSes. (no longer being maintained)
  • [1], a pop-up Japanese-English/German/French/Russian dictionary extension for Firefox. It's simple to use, all you have to do is just hover the mouse on top of a Japanese word. It even automatically de-inflects verbs and adjectives, which is useful.
  • jMemorize is flash card software that has some Japanese flash cards made already [2].

[edit] Shareware

[edit] Commercial Software

[edit] Reading and Writing Japanese

[edit] Open-source Software

  • gjiten, by Botond Botyanszki, is a Japanese/English/kanji dictionary for GNOME that uses Jim Breen's EDICT and KANJIDIC files.
  • JWPce, by Glenn Rosenthal, is a Japanese word processor for Windows, including a Windows CE version, that's released under the GPL. It includes EDICT dictionaries, kanji information, etc.
  • Moji is an extension for Mozilla Firefox that can look up words and kanji while you browse. It's released under the GPL.
  • PAdict, by Lars Grunewaldt, offers EDICT-based dictionary lookup on the Palm OS without additional libraries. It's released under the GPL.
  • Tagaini Jisho is a free, open-source Japanese dictionary and kanji lookup tool that is available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux. Features complete stroke order animations; lets you train entries you are studying and follows your progression. Released under the GPLv3.

[edit] Shareware

  • JEDict is a dictionary program that uses EDICT files to look up kanji. It provides readings, definitions, and radicals. The free version can look up kanji in a basic dictionary, but the registered version ($25) supports additional specialized dictionaries. Only available for Mac OS X.
  • KanjiQuick is a dictionary program with all data from Spahn/Hadamitzky's Japanese-English Kanji Dictionary (has a Japanese-German version too). It comes with a free EDICT reader, a translation and a TTS- (Text To Speech) module. It can be evaluated for free (MS Windows only).

[edit] Learning Kana and/or Kanji

[edit] Open-source Software

  • kdrill, by Philip Brown, is an interactive, intuitive kanji learning program, which is highly scalable to the level of the learner.
  • kanatest is a flashcard-like program for learning the kana (hiragana, katakana), available for Linux under GPL.
  • JKana test is a Java version of kanatest.

[edit] Freeware

  • KanjiGym Light is a free study aid for the Kanji learning system by James W. Heisig. Available in English, German, French and Spanish for Java and Palm OS.
  • Kotoba is a virtual flashcard program that's easy to use and customize, with several user-made dictionaries available. Only available for Mac OS X.
  • Project LRNJ is a role-playing game for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows that teaches hiragana, katakana, kanji, and some English loan-words. The site also includes a "phrase of the day" in Japanese, which expands from normal writing, progressing from including kanji, to pure hiragana, to katakana, to romaji, to a literal translation, to a sentence with correct English grammar. (warning: some of the character combinations being taught are rather unnatural, like ッマ, and the software is not currently being maintained)

[edit] Shareware

  • iKana is a hiragana and katakana study tool for the Mac by ThinkMac Software. It features flash cards, a speed recognition test and a word romanisation test. Only available for Mac OS X.
  • iKanji is a kanji study tool for the Mac by ThinkMac Software. It features flash cards, a kanji meaning test, kanji readings test and kanji stroke order test. It covers all kanji in Japanese school grades 1 to 6 and JLPT levels 1 to 4. Only available for Mac OS X.

[edit] Typing Japanese On a Computer

[edit] Links

[edit] Open-source Software

  • Canna is an input system for Unix-like systems, and can use the kinput2 input method.
  • FreeWnn FreeWnn is another kinput2-compatible input system for Unix-like systems.
  • im-ja, by Botond Botyanszki, is a Japanese input module for GTK2 and a XIM server that can translate romaji to hiragana/katakana/kanji.

[edit] Other

Jim Breen's site also has a comprehensive list of free and non-free software.

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