The Edict Audio Companion 

No longer available for purchase (not enough business to be worth keeping the licensing agreement alive);

JLT is happy to offer any support previous customers require, though.

Three great resources: 

     The Edict Audio Companion puts them all together. It's got all the advantages of my custom version of Edict (see my Edict page) plus a very special feature. The entries for all 8,054 Japanese words on all four levels of the JLPT contain links to the JLPT vocabulary mp3 files--tap a link, hear the word pronounced! No other system has as many words pronounced by a real human being, and no other system gives you such top quality audio. Here's what you'll see when you look up a Japanese word that's among those 8,054 (actually, with variations on how the words are written, there are about 11,000 entries that have these pronunciation links). (Note: after a slight update, the links now just say "Listen," not "file..."--I'll add a new screenshot soon. But otherwise it works the same way.)

Simply tap the green link and hear the word. Easy as pie!

     This tap-and-hear function now works on iOS and Android, as well as Windows Mobile, regular Windows, and Mac OS devices (until recently it didn't work on iOS or Android, but that was fixed).

Audio Flashcards

     The audio files used in the Edict Audio Companion were originally created to be audio flashcards to be used in studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Tests (previous format, but the same vocabulary words).  Purchase of the Edict Audio Companion includes the entire set of Audio Flashcard files, all set up and ready to use as an audio flashcard study system as well as a dictionary. The flashcard pronounces an English word, then pauses to give you time to say the Japanese. It then pronounces the Japanese word so you can confirm that you were correct. And of course it goes the other way, too, pronouncing and showing a Japanese word, then pausing for you to say the English. Many people find this kind of spoken learning a highly effective complement to the visual learning of most typical study methods. This works on anything that can play mp3 files, as long as you've got an extra 2.4 GB of room to spare (though it's nice to have a display, so you can also see the word--combining listening, speaking, and reading for effective learning).

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