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<h1>Help</h1>

<h2>Using similarity search</h2>

<p>First of all, this site can be used as a basic kanji dictionary. Enter the
kanji into the search box and press return, then click on it again, and you'll
be taken to its translation. More interestingly though, it can also be used to
find a kanji which you <em>don't know how to type in</em>. Here's how it
works.</p>

<p>Suppose you ran into the kanji <span
  lang="ja"></span>, which you hadn't seen before. It looks a lot like one
you do know, <span lang="ja"></span> from <span>働く</span>
<em>hataraku</em> "to work". If you enter <span lang="ja"></span> as query,
the search display will show you a number of kanji which look similar.
Searching this way, you can quickly find the unknown kanji you want.</p>

<p>If you enter a query, and can't immediately see the kanji you're looking
for in the results, you should click on the next closest match. By doing this
a few times, you should hopefully find your target kanji.</p>

<p>Whilst this form of search is designed for single-kanji queries, you can
also use it for words by querying any of the kanji in the word. When you find
your target, its translation page provides single-click queries to word-level
dictionaries.</p>

<h2>Other good dictionaries</h2>

<p>Whilst searching this way can be fun, it's not appropriate all the time.
You might not know any similar kanji to the one you're trying to find, or you
might just have a difficult one. The best strategy in general is to have
a number of dictionaries you can use, and to pick the best one for the job. We
recommend:</p>

<ul id="alternatives">
  <li>
    <a href="http://foks.info">Forgiving Online Kanji Search</a><br/>
    A word-level dictionary interface for search-by-pronunciation which can correct for common misreadings.
  </li>
  <li>
    <a href="http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1C">WWWJDIC</a><br/>
    The reference-level free word-level dictionary for Japanese, which accepts roomaji input, and occasionally has examples of use.
  </li>
  <li>
    <a href=""http://nereid01.cl.ci.i.u-tokyo.ac.jp/kansuke/"">Kansuke</a>
    <br />
    <div>A kanji-level dictionary based on a simplified method of counting strokes.</div>
  </li>
  <li>
    <a href="http://kanji.sljfaq.org/draw.html">Handwritten kanji lookup</a>
    <br />
    <div>Ben Bullock's handwritten kanji interface, which lets you find a kanji by drawing it.</div>
  </li>
</ul>
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