kdic.el -- Practice your Kanji using a dictionary.

The big benefit of kdic.el is that it uses existing dictionaries.

This package has been abandoned by AlexSchroeder. He now uses FlashCard and FlashMaker.

Use kdic.el to self-administer a multiple-choice test. Emacs presents a kanji and five possible meanings. When you fail to choose the correct answer, Emacs will remember these mistakes (and save them to a file). As you continue, the kanji you missed have a high probability of popping up again.

Alternatively, Emacs presents a meaning and five possible kanji, or Emacs presents a kanji and five possible readings. The number of choices you are presented with is customizable.

Other languages, writing your own dictionary files

If you are looking for a vocabulary trainer that quizzes you on vocabulary files you write yourself, see VocabTest, or write your file in the EDICT format (Google:edict+format): Every line should match one of these:

    word [] meaning
    word [more info] meaning
    word [more info] meaning/meaning/meaning
    some words [] meaning
    some words [more info] meaning
    some words [more info] meaning/meaning/meaning

All these variations match the regexp ”\\(.*\\) \\[\\(.*\\)\\] /\\(.*\\)/”.


Bugs, Missing Features


I’m using kdic to learn Japanese. My Japanese textbook says learning kanji is impractical although beginners often tend to do that (anyone know why?). According to my textbook, beginners should learn whole words. But there’re no tools for Unix for learning anything but separate kanji (kdrill, for example, doesn’t support such learning mode) and vocab-test is not yet finished, AFAIK. So, I’ve created an edict file where I put Japanese words as I’m making progress through my Japanese textbook. I’m using emacs-mule encoding for this file as it is allows me to have Japanese words and Russian translations in one buffer. I’ve made one change to kdic to make my life easier: replaced read-from-minibuffer to read-char in kdic-quiz. – EugeneMorozov

If you wrote the code as a user-settable option, then you can just upload the the version to the ElispArea. Kdic can extract words sorted by the difficulty of the kanji used, and save such a list in the cache. If you have a book on kanji and start at the beginning, that may be a way to learn words as you go. If you have a regular book, however, I think you should just do what it says: Learn the vocab as they present it, and thus you have no other choice than do what you do: Create your own edict file. – AlexSchroeder