New features in JapanDict

Japandict iPhoneWe have implemented few new features in JapanDict and we hope you will enjoy them as much as we enjoyed doing them:

  • Lists of words: Ever wanted to learn new words from an specific area? Now you can! We’ve implemented various lists of words. Some examples:
  • Mobile version: Probably one of the most requested missing features. Now you can browse and query the dictionary using your mobile device.
  • Speed improvements: We’ve implemented caching and reduced the downloaded data in all the site, so all the site will be much faster than before. Try it!
  • Minor aesthetic improvements. Mainly small fixes that will make the site more beautiful than before.
Please, don’t hesitate to post your comments and opinions here so we can improve the site as much as possible.

Japan 2011 earthquake and tsunami relief

The 11th of March of 2011 Japan had one of the biggest earthquakes in it’s history, creating a huge tsunami which destroyed many areas along the Pacific coastline of Japan northern islands. Many people was dead, injured or missing.

Right now the country is trying to restore the damaged areas and help all the people affected by the disaster. Many international organizations are trying to help with the recovery.

In JapanDict we’ve created a new page with many links to provide help in different ways:

Official kanji list increased to 2136

Jōyō kanji, the official list maintained by the Japanese ministry of education which contains all the characters who every Japanese student should know, has been increased to 2136. This means an addition of 196 new characters and the suppression of 5.

This decision was made because nowadays, thanks to new technologies, it’s much easier to write some kanji considered so difficult before. Most people use computers or the mobile phone to write Japanese characters, so they don’t need to remember the exact way to draw it. They just need to remember the pronunciation and how they look.

This list has not been stable over the years. For instance, during the second world war, when the Japanese nationalistic fervor was so high, the number of kanji was increased to 2528!

However this is a big change for Japanese students and educators, as this makes even more difficult to study what it was one of the most difficult and time consuming things from the Japanese language.

This is the full list of the new included kanji:

鹿 ## ##

References: ExaminerKiraiTofugu, Wikipedia