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    unable to add words into user dictionary in Japanese

    In Japanese mode, when selecting words and clicking Swype icon, nothing happen.
    Although there are explanation of this operation within Help.

    With English mode, I could add words into user dictionary.
    Last edited by womba1201; 05-07-2013 at 4:48 AM.

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    Hi womba1201,

    Japanese does not yet support a custom user dictionary / Personal Dictionary. We are still working on improving our Japanese keyboard, but for now, you won't be able to add any words.

    Thanks!

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    Thank you. Understand.
    But I saw this feature in the help.
    The Japanese help should be maintained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob.W View Post
    Hi womba1201,

    Japanese does not yet support a custom user dictionary / Personal Dictionary. We are still working on improving our Japanese keyboard, but for now, you won't be able to add any words.

    Thanks!
    Hi Swype team - I am a native English speaker currently living in Japan.

    The ability to add new words must not be considered merely an optional feature for a Japanese keyboard, but rather rudimentary, fundamental functionality, the absence of which is akin to leaving wheels off a car. Like with any keyboard language, this functionality is great for casual expressions, jargon or specialised terms, but in the case of Japanese it is vital for peoples' names or place names, which often comprise uncommon Kanji combinations and or readings. In fact, it has been a recent trend for Japanese parents to choose uncommon Kanji combinations and or readings to name their children. As it stands now with Swype, such parents would have to search for each Kanji individually and in some cases even delete okurigana (trailing hiragana characters) each time they want to write their child's name. It goes without saying then that Swype starts to feel a little inconvenient, if not impersonal for anyone typing Japanese. Suffice it to say; iWnn IME (which Japanese Android users would replace with Swype) allows you to add new words.

    I believe this is the reason for womba1201's response.

    Swype is seriously one of the best keyboards I've ever used for English input - you have a promoter... I look forward to being able to say the same for Japanese input in the very near future.

    Keep up the good work!

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    I must support what phlinuks wrote. My situation is similar -- native English (also German) speaker, living in Japan and fluent in Japanese.
    For English and German, Swype is the finest keyboard available. I have tried most of them now. However, your Japanese keyboard is in its present state -- sorry to say -- practically unusable.

    A proper Swype keyboard in Japanese would be superb, and well worth paying for.

    Greatly looking forward to your future developments in this area.

  6. #6
    Hello SWYPE,
    Having read these few comments above, I must strongly ask you to add this ability to edit your own user dictionary.
    I saw some review pages which explains the way to edit the dictionary but current version don't seem to support this finaction of clicking on「+!=」.

    Please, do let me know if this is something you will be supoorting soon.

    thank you

  7. #7
    I created a new request thread that is asking for exactly the same feature as I didn't notice this thread.
    Current version of Swype Japanese dictionary is too poor, and this is major reason for the request.
    To compensate for immaturity of the dictionary, I need the feature.
    For example, current version doesn't have the name of popular major town in Tokyo, "Shinjuku" (新宿).
    I need to type "shin" then find 1st Kanji, then type "shuku" instead of "jyuku" to get next Kanji. That's terrible.

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