By thomas | November 22, 2007
DailyJ is a new blog making great efforts to bring together the Japan blog community. Recently they’ve had some posts showing connections between different blogs and NihonHacks came up in connection with one of Harvey’s posts over at JapanNewbie. I’ll take the bait. :)
… at work I came across the Katakana word スパナ (su-pa-na).
Spanner? Usually Katakana words have roots in English, but what’s a spanner?
So when checking a dictionary I get…
スパナ (n) spanner; wrench;
Ahhh… So maybe it’s a what I think of as a “wrench”.
To double check, I can put スパナ into Google images… And most of the results look like this.
What a great idea! Nothing helps to clarify a word like 1,000 pictures.
Plain Old Google Works Too
Another trick, one that I pulled from All Japanese All The Time (though I can’t seem to find the precise article), is to use Google to find examples of words in context. When you learn a new word, plug it into Google and you’ll get millions of hits that show how that word is used – in real, natural sentences. This is a great way to clarify the difference between two words with similar meanings.
Do you have any Google tricks for learning Japanese? How about some non-Google tricks? Post your tips in the comments!
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