Nihongo Benkyo 0.3


Hi all,

I’m pleased to announce that Nihongo Benkyo 0.3 has finally been


  • Support for Windows, in addition to Linux.
  • View further details about a result.
  • Kanji dictionary.
  • History and go back/forward buttons.
  • nihongobenkyo-import becomes an (optional) ruby extension.
  • Some bugs fixed.
  • Translations updated.

What is Nihongo Benkyo ?

Nihongo Benkyo is a Japanese dictionary and learning tool for Linux and
Windows. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive application that will
help you learn Japanese. It is free software, covered by the GNU
General Public License and provided without any warranty of any kind.

Nihongo Benkyo:

  • Is available for Windows, Linux and other Unix operating systems.
  • Imports JMDict, a word dictionary with a lot of interesting
  • Imports JMnedict, a proper name dictionary.
  • Imports EDICT, a format in which you can find many specialized
    dictionaries (science, computing, etc).
  • Imports Kanjidic2, a kanji dictionary with over 10,000 entries.
  • Finds words from Japanese (kanji, kana, romaji) or from a
  • Lists results in a table for quick overview.
  • Shows further details about a selected result (part of speech,
    similar words, dialect…).
  • Scans selection from other applications.
  • Keeps an history of searched words so you can go back and go
    forward easily.
  • Has its interface translated into bulgarian, english, french,
    japanese and spanish.


Download area:
Mailing List:


Hi Mathieu,
I’m pretty sure I followed the install instructions exactly but I get:

C:\ruby\nihongobenkyo>ruby c:/ruby/bin/nihongobenkyo
Can’t load nihongobenkyo/import

Any suggestions?



This message is just displayed for information. It should not prevent
the program from starting… Does Nihongo Benkyo start or does it stop
after this message is displayed? If it stops, are there other messages

nihongobenkyo/import is an optional extension that allows you to import
new dictionary files in your Nihongo Benkyo database by yourself. It’s
not available for Windows yet. So this message is normal.

Currently, Windows users must download the predefined database
available at This database contains JMDict (english
and french) and Kanjidic2 (english).



Well, you know, it’s already supposed to help you understand japanese.
It’s actually a dictionary (but for that, you need to download the
database) and will be a learning tool as of version 0.5 (according to
the roadmap here


I will try it when you’ll have a one click installer :slight_smile:


oh, okay I guess it’s working then. I was confused because there was
nothing showing in either of the panes. I don’t really understand how
this program is supposed to help me learn japanese, I thought it would
quiz me or something