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Cognate Dictionary [Mar. 14th, 2007|07:38 pm]
Practice translating from Japanese to English


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Not exactly having to do with translation, but here goes.

Those of us who study or have studied Japanese very quickly learn that a lot of words borrowed into Japanese from don't keep the same meaning. Finding the meaning via dictionary/guessing has been fine up until now, but I am getting to the point I read/see enough newer material (magazines/manga/tv)that I am having trouble with my standard dictionary.

Does anyone have any suggestions for an online or hardcopy dictionary that would be more helpful? :-D

[User Picture]From: chibidrunksanzo
2007-03-14 12:33 pm (UTC)
Jim Breen's WWWJDIC. Know it. Love it. Drool. *grins*

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[User Picture]From: oneglimringsoul
2007-03-16 10:55 am (UTC)
why didn't I think of that? I have been using his link to the linguistics vocab for a couple years!

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[User Picture]From: double_dear
2007-03-14 04:51 pm (UTC)
One thing that helps us a lot with figuring out what borrowed English words have come to mean is the dictionary at Infoseek Japan:


If you click the kokugo jiten option, it'll give you the Japanese definition of the words.
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[User Picture]From: oneglimringsoul
2007-03-16 10:56 am (UTC)
oooh japanese definition = good. I need all the practice I can get.
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[User Picture]From: overlord_sumomo
2007-03-15 09:50 pm (UTC)
I have found that the Random House Japanese dictionary that you can find in most stores is really helpful.
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[User Picture]From: oneglimringsoul
2007-03-16 10:56 am (UTC)
How big is it and about how much does it sell for? I have to drag whatever I buy back to the States in a suitcase in a few months, so I have to be careful about that.
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