How to use Free Software to learn Japanese, and more.

Setting up Yomichan

April 24, 2021 — Tatsumoto

Yomichan is a browser extension with a pop-up dictionary that allows you to look up unknown words with the hover of a mouse. On top of that Yomichan can be set up to create Anki cards from the words which you look up.

The process of picking sentences from your immersion and making Anki cards is called sentence-mining or sentence-picking. Each mined sentence has to contain one unknown piece of information, which is referred to as target word.

You don't necessarily have to pick an entire sentence, but if you're a TSC user it is not necessary to keep mined items short. When you're out in the wild picking sentences, select the ones that are interesting to you. Your goal is not to mine every word.

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Yomichan and EPWING dictionaries

December 13, 2020 — Tatsumoto

Yomichan is a web browser extension with a pop-up dictionary that allows you to look up unknown words with the hover of a mouse.

EPWING is a dictionary format that was allegedly utilized in portable electronic dictionaries. To view EPWINGs you need qolibri, a dictionary viewer that lets you search multiple EPWING files at one time so for every word you look up you immediately get multiple definitions.

To actually use the software and look up words you need to get dictionary files. A few basic Japanese to English dictionaries are available on the Yomichan webpage, but most dictionaries you need to acquire yourself. Below is a list of links where you can find dictionaries for qolibri and Yomichan.

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