Unlock Yomichan’s Power with 10+ Monolingual & Pitch Accent Dictionaries

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘How to Get 10+ Dictionaries for Yomichan (Monolingual + Pitch Accent)’ by Matt vs Japan

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How does it work?
This video tutorial guides viewers to download and install dictionaries for Youmichan, recommending loading one or two preferred dictionaries to avoid slow searches, and deleting the downloaded files after loading them into the browser’s file system.

Key Insights

  • The video is a tutorial on how to get dictionaries for Youmichan.
  • Youmichan is assumed to be already installed.
  • The viewers are instructed to download the file "youmichandictionaries.zip" from the Mediafire link provided in the video description.
  • Create a new folder called "Dictionaries" and extract the contents of the downloaded zip file into it.
  • Open Youmichan Settings by clicking on the Youmichan icon and then the wrench icon.
  • Scroll down to the Dictionaries tab.
  • Click on the "Sanshou" button (may be different based on language settings) and locate the folder where the zip file was extracted.
  • The video lists several dictionaries available in the zip file:
  • 1. JMDictionary: Japanese-to-English dictionary commonly found on jishou.org
  • 2. JMNEDictionary: Japanese-to-English dictionary specifically for Japanese names
  • 3. KanjiDictionary: Kanji dictionary
  • 4. Kireikei: Dictionary for Japanese slang
  • 5. Anime to Dorama no Hindoristo: Frequency list based on Japanese anime and drama
  • 6. Japanese-to-English dictionary created by Japanese people
  • 7. Proverb dictionary
  • 8. Four Japanese-to-Japanese dictionaries
  • The speaker recommends using the dictionary with pitch accent as their favorite.
  • A demonstration is shown on how to load a dictionary into Youmichan.
  • The video advises against loading too many dictionaries because searching for specific words becomes more time-consuming.
  • It is suggested to only keep one or two preferred dictionaries to minimize scrolling.
  • If desired, dictionaries can be turned on or off in the Youmichan settings by checking or unchecking the corresponding boxes.
  • After loading the dictionaries, the downloaded files can be deleted as the data is stored within the browser's file system.

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Okay guys, in this video I’m going to be showing you how to get as many dictionaries as possible for Youmichan. So I’m assuming you already know what Youmichan is. If you don’t, there’s going to be a link in the description.

So once you have Youmichan installed, whether you’re on Chrome or Firefox, what you want to do is go to the Mediafire link in the description and download this file youmichandictionaries.zip. And once you have that file downloaded, then you want to create a new folder. I’m going to just call it Dictionaries. And then you want to extract the contents of youmichandictionaries.zip into this folder.

Now what you want to do next is go to Youmichan Settings. So click on the Youmichan icon wherever it is for you, then click on this wrench. That will take you to Youmichan Settings. And then scroll down to the Dictionaries tab. And what you’re going to do is click this button right here, Sanshou. I don’t know what it’s going to be for you if yours are in English. And then find the folder that you extracted the contents of the zip file in. And then here are all the dictionaries. And so then you can load them up one by one.

So real quick, I’m just going to go down the list and explain what all these dictionaries are. So JMDictionary, this is the dictionary that you find on jishou.org. It’s pretty much the most common Japanese-to-English dictionary. JMNEDictionary, this is a dictionary for Japanese names, a Japanese-to-English dictionary for Japanese names. KanjiDictionary, it’s a kanji dictionary. Kireikei is a dictionary for Japanese slang. Anime to Dorama no Hindoristo. So this right here is a frequency list that’s based off of, you know, Japanese anime and drama. So this is really useful.

This one right here is a Japanese-to-English dictionary created by Japanese people. It can be pretty useful if you haven’t gotten monolingual yet. This one right here is a proverb dictionary. Proverb dictionary. So that’s probably not going to be that useful. Probably not going to be using that one very often. And then the last four right here are all Japanese-to-Japanese dictionaries.

Now all these dictionaries are very good. I use them all pretty regularly. But this one right here, this one has pitch accent. And it’s the only one out of all these that has pitch accent. And I also happen to like the definitions in it. So this is my favorite dictionary. But now you have a lot of options to choose from.

So just to show you what it looks like to load it up. So for example, let’s say that we loaded up the frequency list. So we’re just going to double click on that. It’s going to take a second to import it. It shouldn’t take that long. Yeah, see it only took a second because a frequency list is a very small file. But when you have to load up an entire dictionary, it’s going to take a little bit longer. So as this loads, I’ll just fast forward through it.

Okay, and I’m just going to load in one more so that I can show an example of something later. Okay, so now, when we are reading Japanese in our browser, we can press shift, highlight over a word. And now we see here is daijiri in the first dictionary. And then here is daijisen, the second dictionary put in. And then right here, we can see that this word danshi is the 2496th most common word in Japanese anime and drama. So this is really cool. And this is really awesome.

Yeah. But there’s one more thing I wanted to cover. So you might think that more is better when it comes to dictionaries and just load up all the ones you have here. But that’s not necessarily the case. Because sometimes the word that you’re trying to look up isn’t the one that comes up first in the dictionary.

So for example, if we find this word, let’s see. Okay, right here. So in this sentence, So this one right, this word right here is pronounced fu. And it means in this way. But it can also be read kaze. And when it’s read kaze, it means wind. And so when you look this word up in Yomi-chan, kaze is going to come up first. And if you wanted to find fu, then you’d have to scroll down quite a little bit right here.

And so basically, if you loaded up all those dictionaries, like let’s say you loaded up five more dictionaries, then you’d have to do five times as much scrolling to get down to fu. And this is going to be pretty annoying because it’s not that uncommon for the word that you’re looking for to not be the first one that comes up.

And so really, you want to have as few dictionaries as possible so that you can actually spend as little time as possible scrolling through this little window right here to find the word that you want. And so what I personally do is I only have daijidin because I like the definitions in it, and it has the pitch accent. And that way, I don’t have to scroll very much. The frequency list doesn’t really take up any room. So you can keep that there.

But you know, I would play around with it. And if you find that it’s annoying to have to do a lot of scrolling, consider just having one or two dictionaries that you really like. But until you find which ones you like, you can mess around with all the ones that I showed you how to get right here. And when you want to turn a dictionary on or off, you just go back to Yomichan settings, you can just check these boxes off.

So for example, if we checked these two off and we just wanted to have daijidin, it’s as easy as unchecking those. And then now… What? Does it have ore? Okay, well, it’s bugging out a little bit right now. But there you go. Now it only has daijidin. And once you load up all the dictionaries that you want, you don’t need to keep these files anymore. You can just delete them because it’s stored inside the browser or inside the file system of the browser.

So that’s it. Hope that was useful. See you later, guys.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘How to Get 10+ Dictionaries for Yomichan (Monolingual + Pitch Accent)’ by Matt vs Japan