I used to meet people who would tell me something I thought was odd at the time.
“Sometimes I like to just randomly read through the dictionary.”
Whattt? A dictionary? For fun? I fully respect a dictionary for the powerful resource it is and would have been lost without it. But the thought of sitting down one night when I wanted to relax, lighting a candle, and getting close with a good dictionary never crossed my mind. However, many people do enjoy it. I’m fully aware of that now and am starting to appreciate it myself. It’s that thirst for knowledge and discovering the unknown.
With the old paper dictionaries, it was a lot easier to just randomly turn to pages and start reading. I figured there were ways to simulate this with digital dictionaries, but it wasn’t until the Weblio dictionary came along that I discovered something I found really interesting.
Weblio is the dictionary that appears first in the Google search results. It’s more than just a dictionary though, as it combines 668 standard/technical/specialty dictionaries and encyclopedias all together. There’s a lot of info, it’s filled with pictures and diagrams, and will bring a smile. That’s all fine and good. But one day I noticed an intriguing bright green button “Random Results” at the top right of the screen.
Diving into the random
When I clicked on that button, I got a random entry from one of those 668 sources.
A small tech company in Japan (Info Athletes) that I had never heard of. While this isn’t exactly exciting, the source made me realize that the tech news site ZDNET has a Japanese version. A nice little find. Can’t beat that.
From that point on, I would occasionally just go on random binges, seeing what fascinating new info the site would bring me.
To reenact this experience and the fun I’ve had, I thought I would take you on a journey of clicking through Weblio Random.
You may not have any interest in the above searches, but eventually you start to find things that you care about and further fuel your Japanese learning desire.
Try it out. You may have more fun than you imagine. Come back and let us know how it went!
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.