Wakaru is a powerful study aid, exclusively created for learners of the Japanese language.
Wakaru is equipped with a fully functional WEB BROWSER and an EBOOK READER.
The ebook reader is versatile and allows vertical and horizontal direction of Japanese text layout, various font sizes, customizable text, background colors and textures as well as proper support for Ruby annotations to display furigana for documents that provide them.
Wakaru is integrated with two online Japanese libraries, Aozora Bunko and Hoshizora Bunko, allowing you to browse and download over a total of 18,000 Japanese ebooks directly from the app. These ebooks can be sorted according to their kanji difficulty level to help you find text adapted to your Japanese level. You may also import your own text documents via copy and paste, through iTunes sharing or by downloading directly into the app using the built-in browser.
A popup dictionary is available as an auto-renewable subscription (monthly or yearly).
It can help to make reading and deciphering Japanese text with its robust search algorithm, enabling you to lookup any word simply by touching and highlighting them.
This elegant pop-up displaying the readings as well as the definitions appear without interrupting your flow of reading. You can also save words and review them later with the built-in flashcards module.
Wakaru's popup word lookup comes built-in with the following dictionaries
•Japanese-English Dictionary (165,000 entries)
•Japanese-French Dictionary (15,000 entries)
•Japanese Proper Names Dictionary (700,000 entries)
In addition to that, from the popup dictionary, you can also make cross references in several web dictionaries, namely:
You can also jump from the popup dictionary into a wide range of other popular external dictionary applications directly from Wakaru, making full use of other dictionaries you own. Wakaru currently supports:
•ウィズダム英和・和英辞典 2 (Wisdom 2)
The built-in iOS Dictionary can be accessed directly from the app.
Video demo: http://www.youtube.com/user/WakaruApp
Retina display for iPhone (including iPhone 5) and iPad is supported.
Wakaru is rated 17+ simply because the built-in browser has unrestricted access to the Internet.
Wakaru uses the JMDICT (http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/jmdict.html) and JMnedict dictionary files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group (http://www.edrdg.org/), and are used in conformance with the Group's license (http://www.edrdg.org/edrdg/licence.html).
Regarding subscription for unlocking dictionary look-up, after a free trial, it will automatically renew for the selected subscription duration unless it is cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the trial period.
Renewable subscription "Unlock dictionary look-up" duration is either 1-month or 1-year. It unlocks the dictionary look-up for the duration of the subscription thought out the App.
Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase or at the end of trial period.
Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current.
Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period.
Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the Settings after purchase.
Any unused portion of a free trial will be forfeited if you purchase a subscription.
We have decided to move to a subscription model. For a very low periodic fee (monthly or yearly), this will allow to provide more frequent updates and improvements.
For existing users, you can choose not to update and keep current version.
One of the best apps for learning Japanese
Best app for reading Japanese texts and webpages!
Wakaru has become quickly my favorite and most used app. The instant Japanese to English dictionary makes reading any Japanese text (ebooks, self-imported texts and web-pages) so much easier and therefore a lot of fun! I have used other applications like SkyBook and an ebook reader like the Kindle as well, but for people who need/want to use an Japanese-English dictionary while they are OFF-LINE, Wakaru is (one of) the best!
- It is very easy to use!
- it works off-line! (as opposed to SkyBook, which only offers a Japanese English dictionary while on-line)
- the dictionary is integrated, meaning, you don't need to leave the text (let alone the application) (as opposed to SkyBook, where you leave the application, adding time to each search)
- It works both for ebooks and texts, as well as for web-pages, while surfing the Internet (on-line of course).
- It has the option to automatically add the words that you look up to a studylist, so you can review the words you are not familiar with.
- The studylists can be used as flash-cards (although they can not (yet?) be set to appear randomly), making studying vocabulary much easier and therefore more fun!
- I can't think of any other than that the app crashed on me once (so far). I contacted the programmer and I got an almost instant reply. To prevent loss of data in case of a crash, I recommend the use of the iTunes file sharing function or a file sharing program like DiskAid (to copy files/texts) to and from you iPhone/iPod Touch.
- The programmer said he is working on a (welcome) option to list the files not only in order of writer, but also in order of "most recently read".
Wakaru is a great, easy-to-use app for reading Japanese with instant Japanese to English look-up.
Excellent app to improve your reading!
I've taken the JLPT N1 test 3 times now, but the reading always beats me. I've tried reading manga and books before with my 電子辞書 at hand, but it becomes a chore. That's why this app is a godsend!
Just highlight what you want to know and presto! The answer pops up, gives you what you want to know and then gets out of your way.
The rest is all just icing on the cake really. The flash cards work great and give you something practical to build up. Even if you were done with the JLPT I could see this as an incredibly useful app to have.
At 500 yen this is good value for money.