Online Resources

Japanese<>English Bilingual Dictionaries and Translators

(Dictionaries are most useful for looking up single words, whereas translators can provide readings for larger chunks of text)

Papillion   http://www.papillon-dictionary.org/papillon/Home.po                       
RATING: ☆   LEVEL: Beginner – Lower Intermediate 
TYPE: Dictionary   INTERFACE: English / Japanese etc. 
An interesting project, but severely limited at this stage. (also translates to French, German, Lao, Thaï, Chinese.)

Denshi Jisho   http://www.jisho.org/                                                        
RATING: ★★★★★   LEVEL: Beginner – Advanced   
TYPE: Dictionary   INTERFACE: English           
Look up words, kanji, and sentences drawn from the WWWJDIC project, with a user-friendly interface.

Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC Japanese-English Dictionary Server http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1C                                        
RATING: ★★★★☆   LEVEL: Beginner – Advanced
TYPE: Dictionary   INTERFACE: English           
A very comprehensive online dictionary, the basis of many online dictionaries, with many search options.

Yahoo翻訳  http://honyaku.yahoo.co.jp/transtext                                            
RATING: ★★★★★   LEVEL: Beginner – Advanced
TYPE: Trans / Dict   INTERFACE: Japanese      
An excellent online translator. Also excellent as a dictionary. (Also translates to Chinese and Korean).

理解    http://www.rikai.com/perl/Home.pl                                                
RATING: ★★★   LEVEL: Beginner – Advanced 
TYPE: Translator   INTERFACE: English / Japanese   
A translation is displayed for words when you point your mouse cursor over them.

POPjisyo   http://www.popjisyo.com/WebHint/Portal_e.aspx                          
RATING: ★★★   LEVEL: Beginner – Advanced
TYPE: Translator   INTERFACE: English            
Another translator with pop-up translations for words (although not very good for hiragana words).

英辞郎   http://www.alc.co.jp/                                                         
RATING: ★★★★☆   LEVEL: Lower Intermediate – Advanced
TYPE: Dictionary   INTERFACE: Japanese        
Look up words for excellent example sentences (although not very good for hiragana words).

リーディング チュウ太   http://language.tiu.ac.jp/tools_e.html                     
RATING: ★★★   LEVEL: Lower Intermediate – Advanced
TYPE: Translator   INTERFACE: English / Japanese etc.        
A translator with links to translations when you click on them (also translates to German).

三省堂   http://www.sanseido.net/                                                            
RATING: ★★★   LEVEL: Upper Intermediate – Advanced
TYPE: Dictionary   INTERFACE: Japanese        
A well-respected monolingual and bilingual dictionary, with brief English entries.

Jeffrey’s JapaneseEnglish Dictionary Server 
http://dict.regex.info/cgi-bin/j-e/jis/nocolor/dict                                                    
RATING: ★★★★   LEVEL: Advanced
TYPE: Dictionary   INTERFACE: English           
A huge, searchable dictionary of general and specialist words, names, terms, compounds, places and verbs. 

GOO辞書   http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/index.html                                  
RATING: ★★★★   LEVEL: Advanced 
TYPE: Dictionary   INTERFACE: Japanese        
An online version of  Sanseido’s Daijirin Japanese Dictionary, 2nd ed. and Sanseido’s EXCEED E-J and J-E.

Kanji Dictionaries

LINK   http://www.nuthatch.com/kanji/                                                    
RATING: ★   LEVEL: Advanced   INTERFACE: English         
An online kanji dictionary that resembles a traditional paper dictionary, and is not readily searchable.

KANJIDIC   http://hwr.nici.kun.nl/unipen/kanji/                                                 
RATING: ☆   LEVEL: Advanced   INTERFACE: English         
An online kanji dictionary organized by code, with no search function.

Other Languages

Dictionnaire français-japonais   http://dico.fj.free.fr/traduction/index.php 
RATING: ★★★   LEVEL: Beginner – Advanced   
LANGUAGE: French   INTERFACE: French

WaDokuJT   http://wadoku.de/                                                     
RATING: ★★★   LEVEL: Beginner – Advanced
LANGUAGE: German   INTERFACE: German / Japanese

DICIONÁRIO DE KANJI   http://www.noticiasdobrasil.com.br/lingua.htm    
RATING: ★   LEVEL: Upper Intermediate – Advanced
LANGUAGE: Portuguese   INTERFACE: Portuguese 

Software Dictionaries (Downloadable)

CJE Dictionary   http://www.cjedictionary.com/                                                
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: OS: At least Windows 2000 / Windows XP. Fonts: Asian fonts, specifically “Sim Sun”. IME: Japanese or Chinese IME optional.

JavaDict   http://www.cs.arizona.edu/projects/japan/JavaDict/index.html 
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: OS: At least SunOS/Solaris/Linux/Windows ’95 / NT 4.0. Files:  Java Development Kit v 1.1.3, Edict. Fonts: Microsoft Truetype.

* See the website for more information regarding where to download required files / fonts.

Macintosh Dictionaries

JEDict  http://www.jedict.com/                              
SYSTEM REQUREMENTS: JEDict 4.3.1 requires OSX 10.4 or later. 3.8.1 runs on any Macintosh with Carbon support (MacOS 8.1 – OSX 10.4).

* See the website for more information regarding where to download required files / fonts.