Click and read (online Japanese dictionary)
This site provides the translation of all words written in kanjis, found in a Japanese text, according to various dictionaries:
  • Copy the text into the edit box and confirm.
  • After parsing the text - which may take some time - all results will be available in a popup window.

Just to try, you may use the links below to some Japanese news sites.

Translations are based on JMDict Japanese multilingual dictionary and on specialized dictionaries.
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Specialized dictionaries
DDB Digital Dictionary of Buddhism with Soothill & Hodous
Please note: detailed entries are functional again.
Google News
Asahi International
Yomiuri online
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Find a character

Most Chinese characters consist of a radical (dictionary key) and a phonetic element. The table here shows the 858 phonetic elements identified by Wieger for traditional characters. Click on any graphic component in the table to find the related characters. Phonetic series refer to both the English and French editions of Wieger's book, users can switch as needed.

To find a kanji from its radical, go to the 214 radicals.

Etymological lessons by Dr. L. Wieger, S.J.Se non è vero, è ben trovato

CHINESE CHARACTERS - Their origin, etymology, history, classification and signification by Dr. L. Wieger, S.J. was first published in 1899 (French) and 1915 (English). It has eversince been republished. It does not include the 20th century discoveries and therefore is technically wrong in many respects. However, based on the 2nd century Shuowen Jiezi, it reflects the Chinese tradition and culture. It is what many Chinese know about their writing.

While reading the book is nice, finding the lesson related to a given character is more tedious: one has to go through several indexes, starting with the traditional variant (there were no simplified characters when the book was written). The site does all this search for you with just a mouse click (please refer to the book for the content of the lessons).