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Japanese 497C: Readings in Modern Japanese II

Dictionaries 辞典 字典(じてん)

Denshi Jisho and Breen are commonly used dictionaries. The other ones (Rikai, Pop Jisyo, Reading Tutor) are tools help turn your mouse into a dictionary. It is very addictive and can really help speed up your reading - but the lack of pain may mean that you don't remember kanji or words as well as when you look them up one by one.

Collections of Dictionaries

I think that these are my top picks for free online dictionaries. You may have other suggestions, please let me know and I'll add them.

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Specialized Dictionaries

Sometimes you really need to use a special dictionary to find particular words. Here are some examples: onomatepeia, slang, etc.