JDIC Information Page


The following is summary information about JDIC. For a complete description, see the jdic26.doc (72k) file.

JDIC is a freeware electronic Japanese-English dictionary program which operates under MS-DOS on PCs. The program has been written by Jim Breen (jwb@csse.monash.edu.au).

JDIC functions as:

JDIC depends for its performance on a pair of dictionary files; a Japanese/English dictionary and a Kanji dictionary. Usually associated with JDIC is the EDICT dictionary, of which the author coordinated the compilation, and a packed kanji dictionary derived from the KANJIDIC file, also compiled by the author.

JDIC is a fully self-contained dictionary package, requiring no special software or hardware.

While JDIC is not aligned with any particular printed dictionary, it draws upon index fields in KANJIDIC to provide a search service which complements two major dictionaries:

In addition to the dictionaries mentioned above, several other dictionary files have been compiled in a suitable format for use by JDIC, either as the primary dictionary file, or using the "alternative dictionary" facility feature of JDIC. Among these are the LIFSCDIC bio-medical dictionary file and the JDDICT Japanese/German dictionary file.

All the Japanese displayed by JDIC is in kana and kanji, so if you cannot read at least hiragana and katakana, this is not the program for you. The author has no intention whatsover of producing a version using romanized Japanese.

A companion program to JDIC is JREADER, a text file reader with the capability of looking up words and phrases in the dictionary. JREADER also has additional features, including the ability to detect verbs and adjectives in their inflected forms, and to perform matches against the dictionary form.

JDIC is available from a number of ftp archive sites around the world. The master site is Monash University's ftp.monash.edu.au:pub/nihongo/00INDEX.html archive, where it is in the jdic26.zip archive.

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