Rolling my own EPWING

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Jul 232012

I’ve been experimenting with some of the programs that cb on the RTK forums has come up with, and by far the most interesting (for me) is EPWING to Anki. It reads some EPWING dictionary files and lets you assign the fields of the dictionaries to fields in your Anki deck for near-instant vocabulary deck creation.

I thought about it some more, and realized that EIJIRO would be really useful for this program, but it doesn’t come in an EPWING format. (Well, it does, but it’s an older version.) What’s EIJIRO? It’s a massive database of Japanese and English words and example sentences. It’s the basis of the ALC online dictionary, and much more accurate than the Tanaka Corpus, since it’s actively curated by professionals.

So I bought a copy of EIJIRO online and downloaded it, and tried to figure out just how to make my own EPWING…

… and failed miserably.

I think I’m just going to stick with the stuff I have for now.

It’s great that EIJIRO is easily available online, but without an EPWING format for the current version, it’s not much use for me.

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