Looking for Japanese-English translation assistance software, suggestions
Thread poster: sovakuliana (X)

sovakuliana (X)
Local time: 04:49
Jul 8, 2009


I have recently started work at a Japanese company where the bulk of my current duties includes translation between English and Japanese.

Most documents have been pretty lightweight thusfar but I now find that constantly switching between applications for large amounts of conent is unweildy and, frankly, annoying.

I was wondering if maybe somebody knows of some (preferably free) software where I could do the following:

Paste japanese text in one textbox and highlight words to get definitions.
The ability to enter English text into another text box (above or below the Japanese text).

Basically a sandbox dictionary application is what I am looking for.

This is pretty specific, so I would be more than welcome to any suggestions for software that may be completely different but useful.

Right now I am switching between online/paper dictionaries, Word (japanese copy or English), and Word (the copy I am editing), so any suggestions on how to make this job a little easier would be greatly appreciated.




Narcis Lozano Drago  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:49
Member (2007)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Some suggestions Jul 8, 2009

You can try Logovista CAT tools:


As for freeware, I'd recommend Wakan:


Kind regards,



Rod Walters  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:49
Japanese to English
MemoQ free version Jul 8, 2009

I believe the MemoQ free version would do that (and more) for you, as long as you maintain only one big dictionary and one big memory. That shouldn't be a problem if you have only one client.



Uwe Schwenk (X)
Local time: 14:49
English to German
Across Freelance version Jul 8, 2009

The across freelance version (which is free) handles it also well.




sovakuliana (X)
Local time: 04:49
Thanks! Jul 9, 2009

First and foremost, thanks to the mod for moving my post - I noticed later in the day that I had made a big mistake x_x

Thanks for all of your replies. There are errors in installing Wakan, probaby because C:\ becomes C:¥(YEN)

I just noticed, I do not have administrator rights on this PC. Any online utilities where I can paste a bulk of text and rather than getting a "translation" I can just get every word with its definition in a list or something like that? Something like Jim Breens maybe?

Thanks for all your helpicon_smile.gif



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