Learn new Japanese words with Rikaichan

Normally I will surf Japanese sites to get information. But I have a problem here: those sites contains a lot of words that I can’t figure it out what it means (thanks to my low level of Japanese language knowledge). But with the help of Polarcloud’s Rikaichan, I am now able to learn new words and understand what the word means! šŸ˜€

Rikaichan is a great Firefox extension that can help users to learn new Japanese words. Just click on this link or this to download the extension. Then you have to download one of the Japanese dictionary shown in picture below. Download them and restart browser to activate them.

Install Rikaichan

Well now in your browser’s Tools menu, it should have “Rikaichan” and “Rikaichan Lookupbar” there. Well there is a quick “Rikaichan” link at right click menu too. To use it, just simply activate it by selecting “Rikaichan” and then rollover on the Japanese words. A popup explanation appears below the word you rollover. The closest meaning will normally appears at the top position. To deactivate Rikaichan, just select Rikaichan again at the Tools menu or right click menu.

Rikaichan in action

For more detail explanation, you can use Rikaichan Lookupbar. When pasting text into the toolbar, it will popup the word’s explanation as well as individual kanji (Chinese character) break down, like in picture below. I think it’s a great way to learn kanji. Plus, you can also refer this page to learn how to use Rikaichan.

Rikaichan Lookupbar in action

Overall, I think Rikaichan is a great tool to learn new Japanese words, and I’m really recommend this tool to all Japanese learners.

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  • http://www.gosammy.com Sam

    Such a neat tool, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.reallyjapan.com ReallyJapan

    Very useful, thanks a lot for sharing this!

  • http://www.amy-wong.com Amy

    Yah, nifty little tool… isn’t it??

    There’s also the Chinese version, which is based of Rikaichan~~
    It’s called Pera-kun, or Pera Pera… lol, not sure…
    Though it doesn’t seem to work as well as Rikaichan, as I seem to have found the ‘lookup bar’ not working there.
    But yeah, like I said in my blog… Rikaichan Rocks my World! xD

  • nano

    Hey,thanks for sharing this useful tool..^^
    luv it….
    Was searching something online den i came across your blog…
    Nice blog,many info to share…Really enjoyed reading your blog as i am also into japan and jap music …^^
    luv kinki kids,exile and fuji lena..^^
    Btw,m from Singapore…
    Nice to meet you….

  • http://www.jay-han.com jayhan

    @ Sam, ReallyJapan: Yeah, useful tool!
    @ Amy: I think it’s called Pera-pera kun.
    @ nano: nice to meet you!

  • http://krugomremont.ru/ Remont

    This is a very interesting article. Thank you.