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When I studied German, I could just look a word up in the dictionary by simply looking at the spelling and finding the word. This made reading a useful tool for study & learning the language. Japanese presents a different problem and I cannot seem lớn get a straight answer for how to lớn get around the problem, even though I know thousands have crossed the same bridge. I have several dictionaries, electronic ones which you can type in the furigana và it will give you some options about which kanji, or kanji combination it might be. The problem is, I don"t know the pronunciation of the kanji(nor would most learners), and sometimes there are several. The only answer I have gotten is "ask someone". Well, that is not useful advice because I cannot have a person sitting by me for hours và hours while I study. Can you imagine that if English were such that you could not look a word up in the dictionary, without a person there, what you would bởi vì to learn the language?Also, another problem is that I cannot tell where one word ends và another begins. I mean, obviously, if there is a particle, I realize that the word ended. But how about if there are 5 or 6 kanji in a row?? How many words is that? 3, 4?I can"t look it up if I don"t know where the jukugo ends.Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Postby Jessi » March 30th, 2009 10:56 am


One tip that might help you when you use your electronic dictionary is lớn use the Jump function. Your dictionary should have one - when you press it, you can highlight any word on the screen và look it up in one of the dictionaries. In your case, if you look up something in the E-J dictionary but can"t read the word it gives you, use the Jump function khổng lồ highlight it và then press the J-E button key and you"ll be able to lớn see the reading và definition. It"s an extra step but once you get used to it it"s a fast way to look up any words you don"t know.
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In the case of long compound words, the Jump function lets you select as many characters as you want, so if you"re not sure where the word ends you can play around with looking up different combinations until something comes up in the dictionary.

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Toby38New in TownPosts: 10Joined: October 24th, 2008 4:17 pm

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Postby Toby38 » March 30th, 2009 11:02 am


but, actually, what I want to vì chưng is take a book, or newspaper, ora sign, or whatever, and enter the jukugo into the dictionary và find the word. But, I don"t know which pronunciation khổng lồ use.
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Postby QuackingShoe » March 30th, 2009 11:07 am


On a computer: If you"re reading something with furigana, use that. If you"re reading something online, copy and paste into a dictionary. If nothing else is possible, use the handwriting part of your IME to enter the word one character at a time. Or if you already know some other word that uses the kanji, type that word in; now you"ve got the kanji (it"s faster than opening up the danged drawing tool).If a word has multiple pronunciations, they"re generally all correct (though some more common than others), unless certain ones are tied to lớn particular meanings. A good dictionary should probably be able khổng lồ tell you if this is the case or not. But for instance, there"s no practical difference between さみしい và さびしい.It"s all a hassle, I admit, but you"ll get through it.As far as knowing where a word ends, that"s something that comes pretty quickly with experience. I still get mislead every now & then (largely by incredibly long strings of kana that seem to lớn contain particles but don"t), but it"s honestly pretty rare. You don"t really need khổng lồ worry about it. But if you"re on a computer & using firefox, you could always use rikaichan (dedending on what you"re reading, possibly typing it in first) to lớn scroll over each character until a word pops up.Edit after reading your most recent post: Can you give a specific example of what you mean? I can"t really remember having a lot of trouble with pronunciation of words after having looked them up, và the pronunciation is usually somewhat unimportant before you look them up.