Well, it certainly was a long time coming, but version 2.1 is ready to
go. I almost had it finished at the end of 2001 when some mildly
catastrophic events occurred, which threw my whole life off for nearly
5 months. I'm
happy to announce some new additions which I hope you'll find useful as
well as many new entries, clarifications, and error corrections.
What is it?
This is a Japanese-->English dictionary made by me to follow lessons
in the Georgia Public Television show, Irasshai , a distance
learning program that is broadcast by satellite to Georgia schools and
air to Georgia home viewers. It was originally intended solely to be a
study aid for the TV show, but I have expanded it greatly since then.
is no English-->Japanese section except for the common phrases table.This
document and the introduction at the beginning of the Newtonbook are
README information, so please read this document carefully. I keep
to write an additional README doc for distribution. The dictionary is
very extensive at the moment, but I hope you find it useful. To NOS 1.x
I'm very sorry, but this version of the dictionary is 2.x only; in
to make the desired improvements, I sacrificed portability.
- Table of common phrases in English with their Japanese
- Table of commonly used Japanese expressions with English
- Table of counters for days, months, years, 10's, 100's, 1000's,
people, age, etc. Counters and numbers are confusing because they must
be pronounced a certain way, depending on the counter and the number.
easier to demonstrate than explain, so if you don't know what I'm
about, please see the counter appendix.
- Explanation of verb conjugations (for the verb forms I've
learned) appendix. This is a brief tutorial for making plain, -masu,
-tai and potential form verb conjugations. I made this because when I
began learning Japanese, the verbs I wanted to look up in dictionaries
were never in plain form and I had no idea how to de-conjugate a verb.
It was extremely frustrating.
- Quick-ref explanation of verb + ending scenarios. Endings are
often strung onto Japanese verbs for clarity, to express intent, etc.
Verbs must be in a certain form depending on the ending used; for
example, v. stem
+ sou desu does not mean the same as v. plain + sou desu.
- Grammar quick reference appendix. Contains notes taken from my
lessonbooks such as wa and ga, giving and receiving,
how to use toki, and other complicated stuff. Not comprehensive.
This dictionary consists of 11 packages:
You can download each package directly into your Newton, or you can download a stuffed file
containing all of the packages (312k).
What else you'll need:
This dictionary uses, but does not requre, Tomoyoshi Murai's free font,
Kaname . One of the smaller Asian fonts, this font is about 212k on
your Newton. If you don't want to install additional fonts, the
dictionary will be displayed in "System", but there will be garbage
where the Japanese
text should be. All of the other information in the dictionary is
A Few Notes About Newt'sCape-generated books
When you read these books, you will notice that the controls at the
bottom of the screen may be different than those that you are used to
seeing. If you are new to this style of book, this diagram will help
you navigate through the book. Below is a screenshot of the table of
As always, tapping Overview lets you quickly jump to document
Neither myself or the dictionary are in any way affiliated with GPTV.
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Last modified: 2002.6.13