Canon Wordtank G50

Canon Wordtank G50

The Canon Wordtank G50 electronic dictionary is one of the newer Wordtank models. Apparently it’s very popular. For me, the best new features are the improved dictionaries and the animated kanji stroke order.

The most impressive change is the dictionaries. The G50 has about twice as many entries as previous Wordtanks — over 450,000 entries in the Japanese-English and English-Japanese dictionaries. The IDF-3000 had just over 200,000. Hopefully this will allow it to avoid the IDf-3000’s problems with word lookups.

The other neat feature is the kanji stroke order animations. Look up a kanji, press a button and you’ll see an animation showing the stroke order of the kanji. This is obviously useful for a learner — it works for the 2000 or so daily use kanji, which should be enough for most people.

As with most Wordtanks, you can set it to display on-screen instructions in English. An English manual are also available.

You can buy the Wordtank G50 at They also have some useful study aids and lots of other fun stuff from Japan. Note: If you click these links to shop at, this website makes a small commission.

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5 comments on “Canon Wordtank G50”

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    Don Johnson said (26 December 2006 at 6:37 am)

    Dear Sirs:

    I am looking for a G50 Wordtank manuel in English. Do you have one? Actually I would like a G55 Wordtank mauel in English but I understand Canon has not yet made one available. But I understand that the G50 is so much alike that the G50 Wordtank English manuel would be helpful.

    Don Johnson

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    DHL said (1 December 2007 at 3:08 am)

    Hi, mail to Canon and then they will send it to you via DHL. it worked for me

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