Pocket PC as Japanese dictionary

I have heard that a Japanese Pocket PC model is the best thing to use as an electronic Japanese dictionary. Many companies make Pocket PCs. They come with the Microsoft Windows CE operating system — the Japanese version of this apparently has built-in Japanese handwriting recognition.

Once you have the hardware, you can download various free programs and have a dictionary, kanji lookup program, flash card program, word processor, or whatever you like, in your pocket.

The advantage over other electronic dictionaries is that the software is developed for English speakers learning Japanese, which makes it much easier to concentrate on learning rather than figuring out how the device works. This, together with the direct input of kanji, makes this option very appealing. Even though it will cost much more than a dedicated dictionary — maybe 30,000-50,000 yen — I still plan to get a Pocket PC someday.

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3 comments on “Pocket PC as Japanese dictionary”

  1. 1
    denise said (2 December 2003 at 5:54 am)

    Pdas
    i think the Sharp Zaurus is worth a mention. i love mine and have installed my own dictionaries, vocab lists and kanji drill programs (java).
    has handwriting input, thats why i didnt choose the wordtank(my number 2)
    best of all you can do your email, and listen to your mp3s

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    Peter Rivard said (12 July 2007 at 9:38 pm)

    Information on setting up your own system on a pocket pc is available at http://www.japaneselanguagetools.com. You can use a cheap used PPC (though the screen is a bit hard on the eyes) or a top end model with a great VGA screen–so it can be either a cheap or a deluxe project. Or you can buy one already set up. It’s easier to use, has more words, and generally runs circles around a regular electronic dictionary. The handwriting recognition is excellent (write kanji on the screen).

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