Electronic Dictionaries for learning Japanese

Q: I really like your site especially the video songs. My question is that I am looking to buy an English to Japanese electronic dictionary. My main goal is to hear the pronunciation of Japanese words. Please let me know what are your thoughts. Thanks, Jerry

A: Hi Jerry, thank you very much for the nice words!  As I wrote in my how to get fluent in Japanese page I’d totally 100% absolutely recommend getting an electronic dictionary.  It’s probably the single biggest thing that made the biggest difference to my Japanese.

I used to use a really old Canon Wordtank, which was great then, but now there are so many out there that I have a tough time keeping up with them, never mind writing reviews.   So I’d say try and head out to a big electrical store and try a few out.  If you find a good one please let me know and we can share it with everyone here!

Similarly, if anyone else has a good electronic dictionary to recommend, please put it in the comments below!

Be genki,


2 Responses to “Electronic Dictionaries for learning Japanese”

  1. Tibor says:

    Isn’t it quite possible that smart phones will take over soon? I’ve just received an Android phone and it took pretty short time to find some free English-Japanese electronic dictionaries on “Market”. My current favourite is Aedict. Unfortunately, it does not pronounce the words but is very good at helping you learn the Kanji and it gives you lots of example sentences.

  2. Richard says:

    More than likely! I use “Kotoba” on the iPhone and I’m sure there will be a perfect wordtank replacement soon!

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