First off, I love that this app combines multiple dictionaries in one. For me this is useful because I first look in the 三省堂 dictionary since it is a bit easier to understand and has shorter definitions. However I often have to look in a more complete dictionary like 大辞林 for more complicated things. This app lets me do that with a single search! One feature that I feel is crucial, but this app is lacking, is the option to export your bookmarks. This could help users e.g. to make digital flash cards from bookmarked entries.
Hi, I am a guy who’s currently working in mainland China. I love this app a lot and have purchased 37 dictionaries already, recently I reset my iPad and started to download the content again but I just can’t ! Each time I try to download, it says an unknown error occurred. (Btw there is a lot of storage left so I am sure it’s the app’s problem) Downloading has always worked badly .. but now it stopped working completely
Any serious student of Japanese needs a real dictionary. Jim Breen’s is a good resource but lacks the depth that is needed for serious study. Japan has a well developed dictionary market and this app unites a variety of them in one easy interface. The prices are fair for the amount of content and detail in these books. For a bilingual, Random House 英和 is actually one of the better English resources I’ve found on iOS due to its extensive etymology information lacking in most American alternatives.
MONOKAKIDO’s previous Japanese dictionary app, “Daijiren”, was one of the best iOS apps of all time. It carried a premium price, and it was worth every penny. Now they seem to have consolidated many dictionaries into one app, with in-app purchases for each. This probably seemed like a good idea from a software development perspective, but it’s not so great for users. The screenshots show a user with dozens of dictionaries (even though there are only 10 IAPs). But I don’t need dozens, or even 10. I need one. To make this work, they’ve essentially turned the top of your display into a dictionary-switcher, even if you only have one dictionary and thus never need to switch. It’s just another thing that takes up valuable space, and makes it easy to accidentally get “out” of the dictionary while still being “in” the app. Also, it confusingly splits the settings into two different places. I never got lost in the old app, but I keep getting lost in the new one. Even the old icon was better. The new one is too bland and generic, and just doesn’t look like something I paid top dollar for — at least, for an iOS app. Strangely, the old app is significantly cheaper than the IAP for that same dictionary in the new app. So they seem to still be encouraging users to buy the old app. It’s cheaper and better! Until they discontinue it, it’s hard for me to recommend this app. To be fair, I probably would have given this a higher rating had I not already been a longtime “Daijiren” user. They already had the perfect Japanese dictionary app, and then they mucked it up.
It’s would be nice if this could be fixed, it’s the only app I have problems with on iOS 14 beta. I have two dictionaries I’m eager to use, so please.
In the OALD 9th edition, whenever I look up a verb, the “verb forms” section occupies the entire screen, so I have to collapse it every single time, this is PAINFUL! I would like it to show in COLLAPSED as default. “Verb forms” just doesn’t add that much value for it to occupy the ENTIRE SCREEN by default. So PLEASE change this. It would improve my experience SO MUCH!!! Thank you for developing an overall GREAT APP!! And listening to customer feedback!
I can't download any dictionary, it shows that I can't connect to iTunes Store, so I can only continue to use the standalone version.
Hope u guys support the original standalone version Collins doc I purchased On my iPad thx.
Been using this app for a long time, and I definitely think it is a huge improvement over the standalone dictionary apps that existed before it. The vast number of dictionaries available in this app is great too. I do feel that there are a few things that could be improved though. I’d like to see a feature implemented into the settings of the app that will allow a user to disable the auto-lock screen feature on the iPhone/iPad while the app is open. Sometimes I have the app open while I’m doing another task, and it’s quite annoying to have continuously unlock my phone while trying to reference something in a dictionary in the app. Most other dictionary apps have this feature, so I’m puzzled as to why it doesn’t exist in this app. I’d also like to see a feature implemented into the app that would allow the user to define custom categories with different groups of dictionaries. In the current app, I have to change from 国語 to アクセント to see the entry for a word in the NHK accent dictionary after looking at the 国語 dictionaries I have. I’d like to be able to define a group of mixed category dictionaries (大辞林、新明海、and NHK for example) to be searched together. Then it wouldn’t be necessary to change between the preset categories to reference entries in across different types of dictionaries. Overall, this is the best dictionary app on the App Store, especially for Japanese learners. I hope my recommendations will be considered for future updates, especially the disable lock screen feature, as that is the worst part of using the app in its current state.