Yomiwa Japanese Dictionary

Yomiwa Japanese Dictionary

By Vivien Seguy

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2013-09-29
  • Current Version: 3.4.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 159.63 MB
  • Developer: Vivien Seguy
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 4
From 95 Ratings


Yomiwa is a fast and complete offline Japanese dictionary, including all modern features. Yomiwa also comes with powerful Character Recognition technology (OCR) which lets you translate Japanese into many target languages with your camera. The app displays a pop up with translations and definitions of single kanjis and words as soon as you point to Japanese characters with your iPhone or iPad. You can as well take a picture or pick one from your camera roll and navigate it to translate chosen characters. Yomiwa also has a built-in drawing feature for you to draw and translate Japanese characters on your touch-screen with very high accuracy. Features: • A complete and powerful built-in dictionary with full informations about words, kanjis (on-yomi, kun-yomi, meaning, stroke order etc.) and example sentences. Available languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, Dutch, Slovene, Swedish and Hungarian. • Search definitions from any kind of input: Kanjis / Hiraganas / Katakanas / Romajis. You can search from Japanese words or from foreign words. • A powerful Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engine which lets you translate Japanese characters with your camera or from your camera roll pictures • Text Analyzer: Paste some text, or import it from the OCR modes, into the text analyzer to get furiganas and definitions of each word in the text • Translation of words made of all types of Japanese characters (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana) • A proper names database (such as people names, places, locations...) • Japanese pronunciation of words in roman letters (romaji) or hiragana / katakana. • Draw characters on the screen to translate them and practice writing Japanese • Read either horizontal or vertical Japanese text • Build vocabulary lists of Japanese words and Kanjis (which you can share as files or text in may ways!) • Get help from the user community by sharing pictures on the Yomiwa Wall. Yomiwa is perfect for: • Use as a dictionary • Read and understand Japanese text (newspaper, manga, books,...) • Learn and study Japanese Kanjis (meaning, reading, drawing, writing) • Translate Japanese words in everyday life situations • Instant on-the-go translation when travelling in Japan • Overcome the language barrier! Video visible on the link below (developer website). However, the app has been greatly improved from the last video footage. Feedback and suggestions are very welcome: feedback.ios@yomiwa.net



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    By عبد الله بوسيف
    برنامج رائع 🌹🌺🌻🌸💐 thanks
  • Amazing kanji scan recognition

    By serene and impatient
    This app is getting 90% of what I'm shooting, which for me includes hand-brushed kanji from maps made hundreds of years ago. Pros: * you can easily set the scan zone. * you can freeze the image * app puts its reading of the kanji next to the image and highlights what it is identifying, so you can tell if it's seeing the image correctly. * app offers multiple meanings of kanji (essential) and variant versions * app will isolate several kanji in scan area and you can scroll from one to the next. * you can copy kanji to your clipboard (which I use to translate from Chinese to get possible alternative meanings or more literal translations). Kanji will vary because of the brush variances and the artistry of the calligrapher, so this won't be perfect. But my learning the kanji is now much more empowered.
  • Problem solved!

    By Lizy292 🙈🙉🙊
    I now happily give this app 5 stars! I used this app a lot when I studied abroad in Japan and I still frequently use it whenever messaging my friends or while I am learning the language. Thank you developers for quickly fixing this app!
  • Great support from an educational app

    By Inquisitive iPad
    I am still finding more ways to use Yomiwa and it has proven useful to more quickly decode Kanji when I don’t have time to look them up. Recently, the app suffered a quirky error following an update. Reaching out over a weekend, I very quickly received a reply from the developer and worked out a solution. Great support!
  • Bad reviews are misguided

    By Super banana it's cool
    I’d like to preface this review by saying yomiwa is an excellent app for its intended purpose. I am a high school student and use the app for studying. the photo recognition works great and the app provides a lot of sample sentence to go along with the vocab which I find incredibly helpful. Again, The photo recognition works well focused in on a sheet of paper or on a wall, not outside on a street sign. If you don’t speak Japanese or read it and want to be able to get around, you’re better off with a travel dictionary or something. However as far as research purposes go this app works great and easily worth the money in exchange for the added convenience.
  • Essential for serious Japanese learners

    By It's academic veteran
    This app does an amazing job of Kanji recognition, even for names!! It is essential for serious study - I am using it to read online newspapers and a paperback novel. My reading skill has greatly improved. The way to use this app is to do a screen capture to your photo roll, or use Camera+ with image stabilization turned on, and then read in the photo. The live camera is too jittery. The ocr window generally needs to be adjusted to be narrower and the zoom increased somewhat in order to get the best accuracy. The developer, Vivien, is extremely responsive to feedback and provides bug fixes.
  • すごい!

    By polygons123
    I use this app daily, and I love it. My only problems with it are the camera reader and it not being
  • Traveling in Japan

    By Greenolives409
    And this is not helpful at all, im sorry. Maybe if I knew some Japanese it would be useful. If you're trying to use this app to help you get around (and like me, know NONE), you have a better chance of taking a Japanese class for a year and then traveling to Japan 👏🏼.
  • Helpful

    By Yc920
    I really like the photo recognition capability. I use it a lot when reading Japanese Manga.
  • Wish this existed back in my college days

    By Yijgjgyjghv
    This is extremely helpful. I can use it to diction my Japanese textbooks.