1. Hi Inhae,
    What jp-jp dictionary you recommend or use in ur electronic dict?
    Also abt studying for jlpt n2,
    I keep practising writing kanji and not progressing much. But just recognising kanji doesnt make me feel complete. Can you pls suggest some ideas, or how you have managed?


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    1. Hello,

      I’m mainly using the 広辞苑 (こうじえん) because the definitions are often short and not too difficult. But the main reason is that there is a shortcut to access this dictionary on my electronic dictionary, so it makes it easy to switch between the 広辞苑 and the Jap-Eng dictionary without having to re-enter the word. I hope it makes sense…

      As for the kanji, I must admit that I have more or less given up writing them. I can write by memory the most basic ones, but I could not write a whole text in Japanese by hand without checking up how to write most of the kanji. It is frustrating, but I have decided to focus my energy on recognising as many words as possible (to improve my reading) instead of practicing my writing…

      I’m sorry that I don’t have concrete ideas… but don’t give up, I’m sure that practice is key, even if we feel like we are not progressing.

      Good luck!



  2. I would also check out the 大辞林 (だいじりん). There are several electronic versions available.
    The 広辞苑 is a little special in that it gives definitions in historical order, oldest meaning first, like the Oxford English Dictionary.

    I think the 新明解国語辞典 and 三省堂国語辞典 are also quite good.

    I am doing the same thing. I’d like to be able to write more, but my goal is to improve my reading of novels, short stories, essays and so on.

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    1. I actually have the 新明解国語辞典 in my electronic dictionary, but I never used it before. I have just looked up a few words and compared the result to the ones I use (広辞苑 and 日本国国語大辞典). I find the definitions in the 新明解国語辞典 easier to understand!

      Thank you for the suggestion, I think that I will use the 新明解国語辞典 as main Jp-Jp dictionary now.



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