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Jisho lets you search in your native tongue. Supports searching in Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana,Katakana, and Romaji), English, German, Russian, and French.

Completely New User Experience

  • Jisho 4.0 took the interface back to the drawing board with a completely new streamlined interface.
Lists
  • Track your favorite words with lists
Smart Result Fetching
  • Jisho got smarter. Search in Japanese, get Japanese results. Search in English, get English results.
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  • Jisho is now faster than ever.
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What's New

Version 4.1.4:
  • Fixes issue with height hiding add list button.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Noriker Member IconComment+15
Noriker
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Regarding my recent review, the developer has announced that both said problems (searching in German and searching for plural) will be fixed.

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Version 3.1.1
Noriker Member IconReview+15
Noriker
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Jisho comes in very handy if you're a user of Quicksilver because it adds a Services entry, that you can call from QS (Period; enter Search Term, Tab, Jisho).

I also find it interesting that it (theoretically) understands various languages. Unfortunately it doesn't actually work unless you use the "broad" or "extra broad" settings, and everytime you close the app, it forgets the settings. But for English it's ok.

What I don't like at all, is that it doesn't allow searching for any plural forms, only for singular, as there is no plural form in Japanese (which doesn't mean you can't just translate it to the singular). This again makes it impossible to quickly search with Jisho if you select a plural in Text Edit or Safari and want to use Serives or Quicksilver to find the Japanese translation. I already mailed the creator about it but he doesn't want to change it.

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Version 3.1.1
Stormchild Member IconComment+385
Stormchild
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It's nice to see alternatives being developed, but JEDict is still the king, and the built-in Japanese dictionaries in OS X are quite good too.

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Version 3.0
Stormchild
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Following up on this comment I left a few years ago, I have to admit I've become increasingly frustrated with what an absolute mess the UI of JEDict has become (not that the UI was ever one of its strong points), and I'm starting to look at alternatives (such as this one).

What makes JEDict "king" (as I called it) is the feature set, which is going to be hard to top. While Jisho has a clean UI, it is almost completely devoid of any features whatsoever, other than the basic ability to look up a word. You can do that with the built-in Dictionary app in Mac OS X, and honestly, the information you get is so much better than what Jisho offers.

At this point, it's hard to imagine why Jisho even exists. As I said earlier, I appreciate any effort to make a better Japanese dictionary for the Mac, but with all due respect, Jisho offers absolutely no value whatsoever.

On iOS, things are looking a bit better. There's an app simply called "Japanese" (by "codefromtokyo"), and it's quite brilliant. Lots of functionality, and overall the UI is quite well designed. I wish it existed for the Mac. For now, it looks like JEDict remains the only real option for anyone serious about learning Japanese.

Snowlprd Member IconComment+139
Snowlprd
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Apps such as this one are less necessary now that Leopard includes a Japanese-English dictionary [link].

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Version 2.2
delight1
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not if you want it in romaji

Stormchild
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...Which you shouldn't, because the first thing anyone should do when learning Japanese is learn hiragana/katakana and immediately stop using romaji. It's a terrible crutch.

Ben Member IconComment+0
Ben
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If you are like me and did not like the user interface of Jisho 1.0 you should give Jisho 1.2 a try. The user interface has been totally redone and is much more user friendly. Searches seem to be remarkably faster than previous versions and the added languages are also a bonus.
Over all it is a nifty little program that can come in quite handy if you a struggling with a new language and are not quite sure of a translation. I like the added German and Russian languages, as those are the ones I am most likely to use. $10.00 US is a small price to pay to help out a developer and I am looking forward to future updates of Jisho.

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Version 1.2
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Hmm... you know, this sounds an awful lot like a commercial, more so considering a similar message was posted for this software on another site that competes with MacUpdate.

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Anonymous
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Mayjay is very good, it is based on edict too,
and lets you search with wildcards (*), meaning if you know one of a two or three kanji word you can find them easily.

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Version 1.2
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Jisho searches with wildcards when it searches in the Broad or Super Broad modes.

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Anonymous
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Actually, Mayjay uses JMdict, which evolved from edict.

If only Mayjay didn't crash with Java memory errors when I try to load the full, latest version of JMdict... but that's Java's fault, not Mayjay.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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It desplays no kanji and just one meaning for each root.
If you want a free japanese/english dictionary for Macintosh displaying Kanji, download Akane at this URL http://ftp.cc.monash.edu.au/pub/nihongo/AKANE.1.0.3.sit.hqx,
which I found here: http://ftp.cc.monash.edu.au/pub/nihongo/00INDEX.html.

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Akane (and Oridict) weren't terribly stable for me, though.

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Anonymous
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not worth 10$ should be free. Using the EDICT file anyways.. those who want a good EDICT dictionary online with tons of info and kanji

http://kanjidict.stc.cx/dict

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Version 1.0.1
todd fiasky Member IconComment+0
todd fiasky
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i dont know how many people noticed, but the pic on the main page has AIJOU as AIPYOU for the conversion. hmmm.. seems sketchy to me


also, there is no kata input, no kanji input. I really don't see this as a useful application unless youre some kinda anime nerd

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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The screenshot is a bit old. Jisho 1.0.1 fixed some errors in the romaji engine.

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Anonymous
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Just had a quick look at the capability of Jisho 1.0.1. As long as the 'tsu' sound in the Japanese language (examples in my first trials) is shown correctly with the hiragana/katakana symbol, but is shown in Romaji as 'zu', this will be a failure for all native English speakers who wish to learn the proper pronunciation from Jisho. The hard 'ts' reading for 'z' will be more familiar to those schooled in other European languages, but native English speakers will naturely want to say a soft 'z', and the 'zu' indicated in the Romaji listings are incorrect! Have not tested other potentially 'sensitive' vocabulary yet; I hope this is not an indication of what else I might discover (I purchased Jisho before testing it!

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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it's not worth the 10$, get your money back. there are better programs that do the same thing. all over the web too

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Downloads 13,277
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Date 27 Jul 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $14.00
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