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20 Words You Must Know To Use A Japanese-Only Dictionary — 16 Comments

  1. This post helped change the way I study Japanese! I earned my Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken level N4 certification last winter, but I’ve been at an impasse for ways to get to the next level. Switching to J-J cards is the key. I always knew it would help, but I never imagined how much. Your posts helped me decide to make the switch. Thank you for the advice!

  2. 一ヶ月前に日本語日本語の辞書を始めて使いました。いいね。今ちょっと日本語英語の辞書を使っているけど、この方法はメッチャいい。

  3. I love you for this series, this is exactly what I needed, endless circular definitions and monogoto everywhere? So confusing. And my stubbornness to use no english did not help, anyway, thanks.

  4. Would you be able to make the same thing to chinese?

    • I’m not really the person to ask for advice on Chinese. If anyone else on this site knows the top 10 dictionary words to learn to make your Chinese-Chinese dictionary experience smoother, it would be helpful to list them here.

  5. アダン大先生へ
    すばらしいウェブですが、超 useful to everybody in the world.

    Thank you ぞう。

  6. There are two books that have an incredible amount of information and everyone should read them both after they get comfortable with the beginning stage:

    Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You – Jay Ruben
    13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese – Guiles Murray

    They both provide excellent strategies for increasing your speaking ability and increasing the speed at which you can understand Japanese. Although both are written mostly in English, and Jay Ruben’s book is sadly all in romaji, the information they contain is absolutely invaluable.

  7. Another thing that may help making the switch to J-J is to learn to write your own definitions. It may seem scary at first because, but you will not only be able get rid of English, but you will learn how to improvise when writing or speaking in Japanese.

    I think this is an invaluable skill that everyone has to develop because we all know that we will never know all the words we need, not even in our native language.

    And for those fearing introducing mistakes on Anki, just use lang-8.com to make sure that your definition is ok.

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