View Full Version : Furigana in OS X?

15th July 2006, 10:05 PM
People who are learning or have learnt how to speak Japanese will understand my frustration with Kanji (evil, except if you know them). Is there some wonderful, fantastic tool on OS X that can give you Furigana readings for Kanji in a tooltip or something? Kanji to Hiragana Converter (http://www.j-talk.com/nihongo/) is great, but is there something that's more integrated? Hope somebody sees this before it needs bumping!!

15th July 2006, 11:46 PM
Nothing that I know of like this stefanlod.

The ALC site is quite good when you're looking for a specific term. If you plug in kanji, it will often give a hiragana reading for obscure compounds plus the English meaning:


Keep plugging away at the kanji, it'll be worth it. The fact that they're pictographs means you will eventually be able to scan an entire page of text and get the meaning if not the nuances.

Another thing I do when I can make an educated guess at the meaning/pronunciation/kanji is switch into Japanese input and try out what I think the text should be, then convert to check.

16th July 2006, 01:02 AM
Kanji is the devil in text form.

Something exactly as you described would be great though :)

16th July 2006, 12:21 PM
The only thing I know of is the Rikaichan plugin for Firefox. Otherwise, JEDict automatically places the contents of the clipboard into its search box.

29th November 2007, 11:12 PM
The last post was 2006, does anyone know of anything that has come about for the Mac since then?