USED: Please note, this is a used dictionary. It is in perfect working order (fully tested), but has minor cosmetic issues. The top of the lid has some areas where the paint has flaked off. It includes a black case as shown in the photos.
WARRANTY: This model has long been discontinued by the manufacturer, but we offer a 1 month guarantee it will work perfectly. Also, if you are unhappy with it for any reason (it is too complicated or I've had enough nostalgia), you can send it back to us within 30 days for a full refund. Just pay return shipping in that case.
As many of you may know, TheJapanShop.com actually started out selling mostly denshi jisho (electronic dictionaries). This was an age before iPhones and tablets. A time of primitive reliance on paper dictionaries and scribbling down unknown kanji for looking up later. Oh, the agony!
And so, in the mid-1990s when electronic dictionaries came of age, it was a beyond amazing. Imagine this: you are in a Japanese supermarket and instead of playing Russian Roulette with the ingredients in the canned something-or-another in your hand, you simply spend 15 minutes looking up the words with the electronic dictionary in your pocket. Amazing!
Those days are long gone. With smart phones, looking up words and kanji have never been easier.
Why then, you ask, would I want a Casio XD-GP9700?
For most of you, you wouldn't. Honestly.
If you are a beginner, this would not only be overkill, but it would be confusing overkill.
If you are a casual but experienced learner, the dictionaries in your phone would probably be just fine.
But for translators of Japanese to English, this dictionary is a boon. It has the HUGE Kenkyusha J-E dictionary with a whopping 60,000 entries. All of them have examples and many have fascinating etymologies and usage.
Also, lovers of the English language will enjoy the Oxford Dictionary of English (ODE--not to be confused with the OED). While not as grand as the OED, the ODE is still awesome. Use it to look up arcaine words or find pronunciation.
Plus, it looks cool. If you are nostalgic for the 90s and want to relive your Japanese studying glory days, the Casio XD-GP9700 is here for you.
In short, the XD-GP9700 was top of the line in its day (circa 2008) and was priced close to $500! Of course, this one isn't new, but it is fully functional and much cheaper.
If you are interested, grab it. I only have one.
Japanese-English Kenkyusha’s Japanese-English Dictionary
5th Edition (A favorite among translators! The original edition began nearly 30 years ago and has been constantly updated since) 480,000 Entries
Genius English-Japanese Unabridged Dictionary
Kenkyusha’s New Practical Use English-Japanese Dictionary
Reader’s English-Japanese Dictionary
2nd Edition 270,000 words
(new words, slang, place names and jargon are collected in this companion dictionary) 190,000 words
Random House E-J Dictionary
2nd Edition 345,000 words & 2,300 illustrations
The Oxford Dictionary of English
2nd Edition 355,000 Words
Oxford Thesaurus of English
2nd Edition 600,000 Words
Oxford American Dictionary
2nd Edition 250,000 Words
9,000 words with 150,000 collocations
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary E-E
7th edition 183,500 Entries
- Various other specialized dictionaries
Daijisen Japanese-Japanese Dictionary
Meikyo Japanese-Japanese Dictionary
KanjiGen Kanji Dictionary
13,255 characters with 48,000 jukugo (kanji combinations)
MAIN FEATURES:すぐ出るサーチ Instant Search: As you type in any dictionary, it will display possible hits at the bottom half of the screen before you even finish typing. Most modern denshi jisho have this feature. I wish they would have done this while Jumping (see ‘gripe’ section)
スーパージャンプ Jumping: Canon will only look up what is highlighted. If you want to look up a two character jukugo, you will need to highlight both. However, like the Seiko machines, you need only to highlight the first character and it will display all relevant hits. I don’t really have a preference between the two methods, but that is how it is done.For example, let’s say you want to look up 日本語. You hit the ‘jump’ key, navigate to the 日 and hit the 訳/決定 button. After choosing the J-E dictionary, It will give hits in the following order: 日本語、日本、日
さらに検索 Search within a search: This can be handy. If you are reading something you can hit the さらに検索 button and it will display the results at the bottom. This is useful when while reading, you want to learn a little more on a subject or would like to compare another dictionary’s entry with the one you are at. HOWEVER, you have to know the reading. So in most cases you would probably want to use the jump function and then just hit the ‘back’ key to go back to where you were. In the picture below, I was looking up 垢 in the J-E and wanted to read more about 爪. I hit the さらに検索 button and typed in 「つめ」:
Here are a few links for when you get the Casio to help set it up (email me if you have any questions): (these posts were from my blog back in the day. Looks like the images aren't showing, but you should be able to follow the steps.)
Main Features of the GP9600 (the model before this one, but very similar):
How to set the Oxford Dictionary of English as a preset (to make it easy to pull up):