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Increase Your Comprehension

When I first started learning Japanese the most difficult thing was dealing with all of the unknown words. Looking things up in a regular dictionary quickly became a frustrating experience. When I was not familiar with a word, I had to look up the radical of the kanji, and then look up the actual kanji itself. Multiple this by the number of unknown words and reading Japanese was near impossible.

I knew that in order to increase the speed at which I am learning Japanese, I needed to reduce the time it took to look up words. Being able to look up words quicker meant that I could increase my comprehension because my mind was able to piece together the meanings without forgetting what the previous word was while I look up new radicals and readings.

Finish Manga Quicker

The best thing you can do for your reading and vocabulary in Japanese is to read actual Japanese, everyday. With the proliferation of the internet, this has never been easier. When studying, I would pick a theme for the week (politics, finance etc..) and read one article per day or even a manga. When reading a lot you're likely to run into words you haven't seen before. As you try to remember them, you might have to look them up a second or third time. With Lists you can save new words in a document for a quick reference helping you increase your vocabulary, faster. As the week progressed, I could feel my ability increase as words became cemented in my memory.

Master Hiragana and Katakana

Hiragana and Katakana make the introduction to reading Japanese very steep and beginners often have trouble reading them. Mastering them could take anywhere from a month to an entire school year and is integral to even basic proficiency. When I first learned Hiragana and Katakana, it was spread out over 2 semesters. This made progressing in Japanese difficult. How can you search for words when you can't even input them into the computer? Jisho lowered the learning curve by automatically converting Hiragana and Katakana into the roman alphabet, so I could search, read, and understand before it was taught in class.

Never Miss an Opportunity

Consistency is the key when learning any new skill. If you have the bug to study Japanese, you need to be able to find words on a moments notice. Most dictionaries are web based or rely on the internet to work. If your internet goes down, or is unavailable, their services becomes unavailable. Jisho works completely offline so if you're below sea-level, 30,000 feet in the air, or anywhere in-between, Jisho will search and translate without skipping a beat

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  • McGill University


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