Yomiwa Japanese Dictionary

Yomiwa Japanese Dictionary

By Vivien Seguy

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2013-09-29
  • Current Version: 3.5.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 160.84 MB
  • Developer: Vivien Seguy
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS 10.0
Score: 4
From 109 Ratings


Yomiwa is a fast and complete offline Japanese dictionary, including all modern features. Yomiwa also comes with powerful Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology which lets you recognize over 4000 Japanese characters (Kanjis, Hiraganas and Katakanas) in your pictures or with your device camera, providing translations and detailed word informations into many target languages. The app displays a pop-up with translations and definitions of words and kanjis as soon as you point to Japanese characters with your iPhone or iPad. You can also 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. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) algorithms have been developed in-house and continuously improved over the past 6 years in order to run efficiently on any iOS device without requiring an internet connection. 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. • Several target languages available: English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, Dutch, Slovene, Swedish and Hungarian. • Search definitions from any kind of alphabet: Kanjis / Hiraganas / Katakanas / Romajis. You can search from Japanese words or from foreign words. • Input characters by: Drawing / Radical search / Keyboard • A powerful Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engine which lets you translate Japanese characters with your camera or from your camera roll pictures • Furiganas with the 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 • 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 since the last video footage. Feedback and suggestions are very welcome: feedback.ios@yomiwa.net



  • No sentences

    By Monlueva
    It be better if it did a sentence too not just each word.
  • Amazing app!!

    By Adam Gonzebra
    The app is working perfectly fine with camera freeze and also with pictures from camera roll! IM SO HAPPY I BOUGHT THIS APP!!! its helping me so much understand kanji and its functions! The app didnt work well on my iphone 6 ios 10.x.x but now its working because THE APP DEVELOPER HEARD MY EMAIL AND SUPPORTED ME IM HAPPY ABOUT IT THANK YOU VERY MUCH YOMIWA,
  • Okay

    By taylert123
    Can't search verbs because it won't recognize "to [blank]" structure. Very unhelpful. Sometimes misrecognizes kanji, but this is easily fixable with the 'manual correction.' Is this app worth the money? If you are seriously about studying Japanese, yes. If you're just trying to dink around with the OCR (optical character recognition) then probably not.
  • Must be an issue with my iphone: Crashes every time.

    By Nocturne9
    I'm sure this translation from Japanese characters to English is very difficult, but the user experience needs work.
  • 5/5

    By Dwillikers
  • Not good for reading manga

    By havhahebdvdhebsjz
    This app does not recognize kanji well at all. Most of the time even the manual correction function does not show the correct kanji. It is a gamble whether it will recognize kanji combos as words and as the RIGHT word. I purchased this app to read manga but it makes the reading more difficult instead of easier. I often end up having to draw in a kanji to get the correct definition. Its a waste of time and money.
  • Does not do what I need it to

    By Pcooke2002
    Updating. (Probably in reasonable of me to expect a general purpose translation program to properly translate specialized martial arts terminology ). I do not need a common conversational menu translator. I need to translate specific martial arts and spiritual texts. About the only thing if gets right is left and right Have to figure out how to get my $ back
  • Algeria

    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!