I thought I would share with you the dictionary I use most often. That’s it in the photo. My husband bought it for me as a gift. It’s about 300,00 yen…so it is not cheap!
If you are a casual Japanese learner, you won’t need it. I also use an Ipad app and love it. (Midori)
The Ex-word is geared to Japanese people, therefore can be difficult for me sometimes, but it is challenging for me. Makes me think like a Japanese person. Also, this Ex-word dictionary has the ability to read my written kanji and tell me the meaning. (For example, if I don’t know a kanji’s meaning, I can write it into the dictionary.) The Midori app can do the same thing, but it is much better than the Midori app at figuring out what I am writing. Midori app is far harder for me to get it to understand which kanji I am trying to write.
The Midori app is nice, too. It’s CHEAP. It’s geared to English speakers….so I love this. Sometimes it has expressions that the Ex-word doesn’thave.
So basically I will use the Ex-word first, and then if it doesn’t satisfy me, I use the Midori app.
One thing I will mention: I don’t like using the Ipad all the time because I don’t want to break it. I worry less with the Ex-word. It’s expensive, but seems less breakable.
For people on a budget, there are online Japanese dictionaries available.
http://www.edrdg.org/cgi-bin/wwwjdic/wwwjdic?1C Jim Breen has the dictionary that all others are based on, I believe.