Creation of multilingual learners’ e-dictionary for learners of Asian languages


  • Marijana Janjić Public Open University
  • Kristina Kocijan University of Zagreb



e-dictionary, learner's e-dictionary, multilingual e-dictionary, e-dictionary design, e-dictionary usage, cross-language search, comparative search, Asian languages, students’ dictionary preferences


With the advent of technology, electronic dictionaries have become an important variety of available tools for learning languages. Our research team developed an online learner’s dictionary, named eRjecnik, with basic entries for learning Hindi and Sanskrit, next to those for Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. This e-tool was developed with reference to two key elements: (1) an analysis of existing e-dictionaries and their structure, and (2) an analysis of the dictionary usage habits among students enrolled in a language class of one of the above-mentioned languages, as well as among learners who had finished their studies. The goal of this study was to analyze data and develop an e-dictionary that can help students study their respective languages. As a result, a free learner’s e-dictionary that can incorporate student input has been designed, allowing cross-language searches as well as comparative searches between several languages. The article presents an overview of a student survey that was conducted as a preliminary step to the building of eRjecnik.

Author Biographies

Marijana Janjić, Public Open University

Marijana Janjić holds a PhD in philology and is a freelance researcher and translator. She currently works as a lecturer at the Public Open University, Zagreb. Her research interests include language contact and linguistic interference, foreign language pedagogy, and South Asian area studies.

Kristina Kocijan, University of Zagreb

Kristina Kocijan holds a PhD in information and communication sciences, and is an associate professor at the Department of Information and Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Her research interests include computational linguistics, natural language processing, digital humanities, information architecture, data quality, big data, and technology usage in the classroom.


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How to Cite

Janjić, M., & Kocijan, K. (2022). Creation of multilingual learners’ e-dictionary for learners of Asian languages. Lexicography, 9(2), 194–224.