J-Ben is a Japanese study program.
J-Ben is software for studying Japanese, especially "kanji", which are the Chinese characters used when writing Japanese. It should be an excellent study aid for people studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), but can no doubt assist anyone studying Japanese who is trying to master how to read and write kanji.
J-Ben is FREE SOFTWARE and is released under the GNU General Public License version 2. (Its dictionary files are under separate licenses.) In a nutshell: you're free to copy and distribute this program freely. If you want to make changes to the software package though, read the licenses since restrictions do apply.
J-Ben is designed to work on Windows 2000 or later (with East Asian font support installed), as well as most modern Linux distributions. It has been tested directly using Windows XP Professional and Debian GNU/Linux "Sid".
What does it do?
In a nutshell:
· Kanji and vocab study lists
· Kanji "Flash Card" Drilling
· Japanese-English/English-Japanese Dictionary search
· Kanji dictionary search, including:
· Paper dictionary cross-reference codes
· Cross-referencing with vocab study list - see what words use the kanji you're looking at
· Kanji stroke order diagrams (from KanjiCafe.com, used under license)
· For kanji in your kanji list: step through your list or jump to a random character
· Multi-method kanji character search, including:
· Search by stroke count
· Search by Halpern SKIP code
· Handwriting recognition
What dictionaries are available?
J-Ben is powered by the various publicly available free dictionary files from Monash University. Currently supported are KANJIDIC2, KANJIDIC/KANJD212, EDICT2, RADKFILE and KRADFILE. Windows versions of J-Ben come bundled with EDICT2, KANJIDIC2 and KRADFILE. For more details about these various files, please refer to Jim Breen's page on Monash University's web site.
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What's New in version 1.2.2
- Kanji can now be added and sorted by Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level.
- A bug with the JLPT code introduced in the previous version was also fixed.
- The kanji list editor has also been slightly revised.