When I first started I bought myself a load of Japanese books, everything from kanji dictionaries the size of a house to smaller ones dealing with specialist things like idioms and none of them have been as easy to use or as comprehensive as those three.
the Kanji book lets you serach on the amount of strokes for example. very nifty when you don't know what the kanji means or how to pronounce it.
So does the internet!
I've never had any interest in paper dictionaries, they're such a pain in the ass. When I was starting out I used a DS application, then when I knew more I switched to searching by radicals on wwwjdic, then looking up the result in a better dictionary (usually Yahoo's these days, the Japanese definitions are nice)
Tried using a paper lookup method once, realised pretty quick it was more effort than it was worth, paper dictionary condemned to life at the back of the wardrobe.
Sorry if my first post was confusing... but I have quite a few kanji dictionaries, and I CAN read hiragana as an alphabet, I just don't know any words. I'm probably learning backwards, knowing more kanji than hira phrases... >_>;
Thanks, kimimi, I'll look into those more later today. I'm thinking I might have to buy a book or two, as well, since Zero is guaranteed to be a brick wall.
I'm going to be translating some stuff on Danbooru for practice, beginning with this.
Last Edit: Sept 13, 2010 7:13:03 GMT -5 by Mutagene
Post by tancients on Sept 13, 2010 20:59:35 GMT -5
It's not uncommon to know some kanji prior to learning the hiragana (or even proununciations), especially for foreigners.
That said, I'd highly recommend the goo dictionary kimimi linked. It shows both hiragana reading and kanji for words, and can look things up either way. It has English definitions for most words as well.
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