Improved search in JapanDict

JapanDict improved searchWe’ve always considered the search functionality one of the most important features in the JapanDict Japanese dictionary. Since we first launched JapanDict back in 2010, we wanted to create the fastest experience when looking for Japanese or English words in our dictionary. We also wanted to provide with coherent results: there is no point to provide a way to search words if you cannot find what you were looking for.

When we updated JapanDict few months ago,  we improved the way the search was working, making it more natural and providing more results related with the searched word, however we believe it was possible to improve it even more.

After some investigation and testing, we’ve now changed  few things to provide what we believe is the best search experience in any online Japanese dictionary. Not only it’s now much faster but also it’s returning the results in a more coherent order, showing more popular words before the less used ones.

Some example searches we’ve greatly improved are:

Give it a try, check the newly improved search in JapanDict and let us know what you think!

New JapanDict

Come to see the new JapanDict Japanese dictionary

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed Japanese dictionary: the new JapanDict. You can visit us in at our usual web address

We’ve worked so hard to make the new design faster, easier to navigate and more user-friendly. We’ve also changed a lot of internals on how the dictionary works so even if it cannot be seen directly, the dictionary is much better now.

Some of the changes we’ve made are:

New JapanDict with improved design

We believe in simplicity. We wanted to create a simple but feature complete dictionary easy to use and easy to understand. That was and it still is one of the key characteristics of JapanDict.

The new design tries to keep this simplicity while providing a more modern look, updated to nowadays standards.

Better search

We know the importance of a good search engine. Google changed forever the internet search providing a search engine that just works.

We’re not Google, but we’ve improved our search engine so much that we believe you will be able find any word you’re looking for. For instance, now we’re providing the list of found words in order from more common to less common, and we’ve also added variations so it’s now possible to find related words with subtle variations.

Audio pronunciation

Ever wondered what was the proper way to pronounce a Japanese word? Now it’s possible to hear the Japanese pronunciation of most of the words in the dictionary. While it’s a computer generated file, the pronunciation is accurate enough to give you an idea on how to pronounce it.

Better romaji

Romaji is the transcription of Japanese words using the roman alphabet. In the previous version, we transcribed all the words to romaji using our own algorithm. Even though it was pretty good, it was not 100% acurate.

We’ve switchet to the romkan library and all words are now transliterated using the Hepburn romanization system.

Latest dictionary information

This dictionary would not have been possible without the JMDict project. They provide the most valuable information we use in JapanDict. The previous version of the dictionary was using an outdated version of the dictionary definition.

Now, not only we’re using the latest release but we’ve automated the download and importation of the JMDict dictionary so newer releases are going to be included into JapanDict much faster and more regularly than before.

Much more!

This is only the beginning. We’ve also fixed a lot of little but annoying bugs and improved the underlying code in which all the dictionary relies. We’re very excited of all the changes we’ve made and we hope you like them.

Give it a try and let us know!


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Old vs New JapanDict

Examples improved!


Learning a new language is a very difficult task. But in the case of the Japanese it can be even more difficult because of the many different symbols its writing system has. That makes it more complicated to read Japanese sentences and get used to the way they are written.

To solve this problem, we have improved the way the examples are shown in the dictionary. First of all, we are showing more sentences than before, taken from the great tatoeba project. But also we are now separating the sentence in words and you can now click in every word to get more information about it.

We believe this change will make it easier to understand how a word can be used in a sentence and will make the sentence easier to read for that people who is still not ready to understand kanji.

Some examples:

I hope you enjoy those changes!

New design for

After long time working on it, we are proud to announce the new design for We believe it improves the experience using the dictionary, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed working on it.

We have added some new features we expect they will improve the user experience while we maintain the simple interface we’re so proud of.

Please, feel free to take a look around the new website and let us know what you think. You can contact us the following ways:

JapanDict old design   JapanDict new design

New conjugations for verbs and adjectives

In JapanDict we’ve been aware there were some incorrect verb and adjective conjugations in the dictionary for quite a long time, but finally we fixed them creating a completely new way to generate them.

Also, we’ve also increased the number of conjugations adding some which were not available before.

I hope you enjoy the new changes!

Some examples: