One of my worst blog titles. I promise, the post is much better!
Over on the philosophical/bioluminescent/日本語 wonder that is Gakuranman’s site, he recently held a competition for short entries on Japanese student learning methods. Considering how confusingly I worded that concept, I barely have enough mastery of the English language and therefore did not contribute anything personally. There are some excellent entries (click on the winner’s names to see their comments) and I look forward to his completed article on study methods.
Being a beginner myself, I’ve got nothing in particular to offer. However, I did want to give props to one of the most clicked bookmarks on my browser toolbar: Tangorin. The site is the lovechild of Grzegorz Bober and the JMdict/EDICT collective, and the fruit of this vocabular orgy is – in my opinion – the best combination dictionary and grammar tool. (speaking of tools – see picture at right)
There’s a screencap of my browser – this tab is rarely ever closed.
Not so hot on interpreting your kanji, or finding word separation? Enter your problem text into the search box and choose ‘Examples’ from the drop down list. Only when my copy and paste skills have failed me has this not turned up some relevant choices. Clicking on words within an example handily expands the definition as an inset, rather than jumping away from the page, and can be closed just as easily.
You know, words like: