A Dictionary of Japanese Idioms for iOS
Speak like a native with A Dictionary of Japanese Idioms. Find the best expression for every situation!
What student of Japanese has not grappled with the amazing diversity and tantalizingly elusive nuances of its idioms? One certainly would not want to confuse, for example, ki ga mawaru (to be considerate) with ki o mawasu (to be suspicious). And it would be useful to know whether your boss is hara ga tatsu (angry) or merely ki ga tatsu (upset). Indeed, even a single idiom can have a bewildering number of meanings depending on context: te o ireru, for instance, can mean tidying up (e.g. a room), sounding out someone, or staging a raid.
This dictionary offers the most comprehensive compilation and English translation of those idiomatic expressions that so enrich the Japanese language but fail to find their way into conventional dictionaries. It presents 10,000 idiomatic phrases under some 2,200 main entries, including several thousands of idioms never presented and explained in English before. Multiple sample phrases are given for each entry, and furigana (as well as Internet audio) allows even beginning students to correctly pronounce and use the expressions immediately.
Large, easy-to-read text and an intuitive interface make finding the idioms a breeze. You can search in romaji as well as English, with custom spell checking; do mixed searches with kanji and kana or English; and if you have our other apps installed, “jump” to them by tap-holding any word or kanji within the entries.
Based on “A Dictionary of Japanese Idioms” by William de Lange, Floating World Editions.
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