First up is google… Like I said before in my if the dictionary doesn’t cut it post. google kicks ass. so recently i used google to find the word that i heard in a show. I was watching a tv show and there an audience and they were cheering and clapping or something so i wasn’t able to catch the whole word BUT i easily found the word after googling with quotes.
so I heard the anouncer say ~~~ na hakushu wo~ so I google searched “な拍手”
i FOUND OUT THAT THE WORD IS 盛大な拍手. from that. if you don’t know quotes means it has to match what i wrote EXACTLY. so it’s very useful.
oF COURSE this isn’t going to work all the time but if it’s some kind of common/set phrase or sentence or something you might hit something. I actually i already know this word and it’s meaning but before I googled this i didn’t even know what the lady said. Technically i could rewind and try to relisten through the noise but i’m glad that google worked so i don’t have to do that 🙂
For using the dictinoary. I just wanted to go over the options that yhaoo.dic and sanseido give to the users in case you are not aware of it.
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let’s say you come across a word and they use a really obscure kanji and it’s A PAIN IN THE F’IN ASS or you do know it like the meaning ands just you don’t know the reading OR you try to type it but it’s just damn time-consuming looking through all the other kanji that has the same reading like if you typed in the onyomi reading (p.s. download google ime. if you don’t have this shit installed you are wasting a lot of time for sure). TIP: if it has the kun-yomi. i suggest typing the kun yomi or a word that contains that kanji for time-saving because you’re gonna have to look through a lot of shit if you type in on yomi…. other options include physically write it in the computer with the ime or search by strokes or radicals…. which are damn time-consuming. well if you use one of these options in the dictinoary you might save yourself that time and pain and whatnot. you know i’ve done that before, i write out the kanji, computer doesn’t recognize it at all, then i search for it by strokes on jisho and i just stare at it trying to find the damn radical i’m like it has 6 strokes don’t it. wtf is this shit etc etc… so it’s a pain in the ass and it’s not even like once you find that kanji on jisho you’re done. now you gotta look that kanji up with the other kanji that made up the word on yahoo.dic or whataever
so if you come across let’s say a word made up of X and Z with XZ. let’s say X is really obscure and Z is pretty common . so you can look it up by choosing 後方一致 and putting Z in the field on sanseido. then now you just have to look through the list and find the word. it’s just faster!!!! and if you want a more detailed explanation or whatever if sanseido ain’t good enough for you then you can because yo know have the word. you can do the same thing on yahoo.dic ‘cept it says ~~で終わる. so if the opposite occurs with XZ and this time X is really obscure then you choose 前方一致
if you don’t want to scroll through bullshit you seledct 完全一致 with the word written in hiragana or kanji or whatever. it will only show you AN EXACT MATCH.
部分一致 gives you any word that contains what you put in.
it’s really useful depending on the situations.
even if you’re not used to japanese you can still figure out what 部分一致 or 後方一致 means or does for you by trying to search a certain word with the various options…. in fact that’s what i did lol. i t was a long time ago but nonetheless it’s an effective way to learn! it’sobviously way more time-efficient versus me looking up the definition for bubun and ichi and kouhou and ichi or the readings for that shit… it’s like why… just do it and see what happens.
DEFINITELY TAKE ADVANTAGE of these options that come on the dictinoary when you are searching for words so you can save time. i’m sure there’s a japaense/english dictionary that does the same thing. i dont’ know of any but it’ like… comeo on monolingual dictinoaries are nott that hard but nonetheslss if you are not ready for the switch or the jump or the start for monolingual dictinoary (some people are in limbo and use jj and je… it’s still better than using only j/e) then keep learning words and go for it once you know enough words for your liking.
p.s. some of the answerson this pikaru no teiri geinin quiz thing were so FACEPALM wtf. but nonetheless hilarious and FORREALS. i like that kikaku a lot!! the let’s have everyone BUT AYABE get the question right kikaku! this is why i love japanese tv! at first i was thinking it was a little ijime but i feel like they’re reasoning is fine with the whole tengu thing.