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Canon Wordtank V80 Japanese English Chinese Dictionary

After a year of use and tremendous assistance provided by my V80 I am going to part with it after purchasing a V300. I certainly don’t need both! If you’d like to take this electronic dictionary (電子辞書) off my hands the price is $129 which includes free shipping in the U.S. and a used protective case (which normally costs over $20 new on ebay). The $129 price is very good considering that this dictionary goes for prices well above $250 on ebay and other discount places. The retail price is almost $600. (52,000 yen)

The dictionary functions perfectly, and I haven’t had any problems with it. As the pictures show, there are signs of wear, mostly on the outer shell. This is a great dictionary if you are learning English, Japanese, or Chinese and already speak one of the three. Here are some more specs:

English/Japanese/Chinese Dictionaries

  • Japanese-Chinese Dictionary – 83,000
  • Chinese-Japanese Dictionary – 85,000
  • Chinese Conversation Dictionary – 5,000 examples
  • Oxford English-Chinese and Chinese-English Dictionary – 52,000
  • Oxford Today English Dictionary – 80,000
  • Oxford Today English Thesaurus – 365,000
  • Genius Japanese-English – 82,000
  • Genius English-Japanese – 95,000
  • Super Darijirin Japanese Language Dictionary – 252,000
  • Kanji Gen Kanji Dictionary – 13,112 Individual Kanji, 48,000 Kanji combinations
  • Concise Katakana Dictionary – 55,200
  • Japanese Synonym Dictionary – 79,000
  • Japanese Kanji Jukugo Four Kanji Dictionary – 1,422
  • Japanese Proverb Dictionary – 4,293


  • Chinese Words appear in the Roman Alphabet in the Chinese-English and English-Chinese Dictionaries for those who can not read Chinese characters
  • Pronunciation of Chinese Words – Chinese Words and examples senteces can be heard by the touch of a button. Pronunciation is by a native Chinese speaker. The voice is not synthesized.
  • Voice Record – Record your own voice for comparison to the native Chinese speakers recording
  • Stylus Input System – Enter Japanese, Chinese or English words via the wordtanks stylus pen. Romaji, Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, English and Hiragana can be entered via the stylus pen. In addition the keyboard can also be used to input words.
  • Stylus Navigation System – Allows the use of the included stylus to navigate the dictionaries and features of the V80 Wordtank.
  • Kanji Animation Feature – stroke order of each Kanji in animated on-screen (an excellent tool to learn writing of Kanji characters)
  • Chinese Pin-In Input – Input Chinese words in the Pin-in form
  • Book Marker Function – User is able to save their space within a dictionary for later use
  • Japanese/Chinese Character Search – Japanese Kanji and Chinese characters can be searched via writing the character on the screen. (You don’t want an electronic dictionary that doesn’t have this feature!) Kanji can also be searched from its On/Kun reading, radical stroke count, total stroke count, reading of the kanji components or a combination of all the search methods used together.
  • Multi-Jump Function – Allows the user to go from one dictionary to another while searching for a word or a Kanji character. Useful for looking up the hiragana meaning to unknown kanji.
  • Quick Search – Displays possible choices as characters and words are being entered
  • Bundle Dictionary Search – Allows several dictionaries to be searched simultaneously
  • Example Search – Search example sentences in English Japanese and Chinese
  • Plural Dictionary Search – Words can be searched in the plural form
  • Wildcard Search – Makes it possible to find words that you only remember partially
  • History Function – Words that were previously searched can be recalled.
  • Word Memo – Words or Kanji you wish to memorize can be saved in specific files (Great for studying new words or Kanji!)
  • English Menu Message – (Change the user menu message to Japanese English or Chinese. English Menu is more extensive and detailed then previous wordtanks)
  • Additional features – Romaji or Kana input, auto power off, magnifying of text and English spell check, Letter Size Change from 12/16/24 pixels in size

Uses 2 AAA batteries for 100 hours of battery life.

Size: 148 mm x 104 mm X 18 mm

No flash and poor lighting on the above photo. The screen is actually much easier to read than the above picture indicates. You can also change the darkness/contrast of the font easily with a knob on the side.

This is an example of the small font size. By touching the screen icon on the lower right with the stylus you can quickly enlarge the font size.

For more information (in Japanese), see the Canon Wordtank website.

6 Responses to “Canon Wordtank V80 Japanese English Chinese Dictionary”

  1. 1

    Wow, those Canon dictionaries sure are expensive.

    I bought myself a Casio device in late 2007, as I wanted a device with already included German dictionaries and handwriting input. The retail price was something between 40000 and 45000 Yen, but I guess the included dictionaries are not as good.

    Oh, and I have the exact same protective case! 🙂 I still couldn’t figure out what the transparent plastic thingy on the one side of the case is actually for. Do you know why it’s there?

  2. 2

    The plastic thingy is so you can tuck the dictionary under it and it won’t move or come out every time you open the case.

    45,000 yen is over $500 these days so I bet your Casio dictionary was pretty good.

  3. 3

    Would you recommend this dictionary for someone who is intermediate level Japanese?

  4. 4

    Any level can use this dictionary. Beginners can use the Japanese-English dictionary by typing unknown Japanese words in via the keyboard. The English definition is presented. Intermediates can use more of the dictionary’s power as they can type in English and read the Japanese as well. Most of the example sentences use primarily easy kanji (the first 500 or so).

    I’m intermediate level and am able to use this dictionary just fine. The only reason I’m selling it is because I have two.

    The dictionary is also good for intermediate (or advanced) level Japanese (including the Japanese themselves) to look up unknown kanji by drawing the kanji on the screen. Definitions and readings of the drawn kanji are provided. Over 13,000 kanji are included so pretty much every kanji definition is in here.

    You can see more pictures of this dictionary here:

  5. 5

    Is this still available?

  6. 6

    No. It has been sold.

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