Turn on the built in Japanese/English Dictionary in OSX


I recently read this article about just how awesome the Webster's dictionary is compared to other dictionaries.. I highly recommend it.

After reading that I installed that dictionary in OSX. Then a few days later I needed to look up a Japanese word. I usually go to WWWJDIC to look things up but it's annoying to have to be online.

Then I got to thinking, Hmmm, if I was able to install a dictionary into OSX I'll bet there's a Japanese or Japanese to English dictionary. A few clicks later and BAM!, turns out there's one built in. All you have to do is turn it on.

Launch the Dictionary App. For me I was able to click the spotlight icon (🔍) in the top right and type "dictionary" then press Enter but you might have to go look in your Applications folder.

Find the Dictionary App

Now from the menus pick "Dictionary−>Preferences..."

pick Preferences

Then turn on the Japanese to English dictionary and any other ones you want to use.

turn on Japanese/English dictionary

Now in general you can right click any word or highlight word and pick "Look Up in Dictionary".

right click a highlighted word

And the definition will come up.

Learned a new word!

You can also paste a word into spotlight or of course use the Dictionary app directly.

Yea! 😃

You can also do something similar in iOS.

Enable Japanese to English Dictionary in iOS
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