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Postby Mariya » Thu 08.11.2005 1:34 pm

Okay first off, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I honestly couldn't figure out where else to put this. ^^;

I'm at that point now where I can read bits of Japanese sentences. I'm kind of anxious at the low amount of words I actually know, so I was wondering if there is a systematic way of going about learning vocabulary? Meaning, is there a website somewhere which has vocabulary lists that seem to follow a logical order? I hope this makes sense, because every time I find a vocabulary list on the net it seems have words which wouldn't much come in handy, or aren't entirely correct.

Please help out, and I hope that makes sense :).
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby Kodi » Thu 08.11.2005 3:35 pm

You got a dictionary yet? :)
It sounds like you are a little better than me but with the same problem... I need to increase vocab too. I haven't found a great way to do it yet. I'm going to focus in other areas probably till September when I start my Japanese course (local college 2hr a week ~10hr study time at home).
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby AaRoN » Thu 08.11.2005 4:17 pm

when i search a word on online dictionarys i get lots of differnt word???? :|
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby Kodi » Thu 08.11.2005 4:54 pm

Nothing beats a properly paper dictionary. I'm using the The Oxford Starter Japanese Dictionary. It's nice. Isn't overly big. It's got all the words I'll ever need for at least my first two years of learning and explains a few extra things too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0198601972/qid=1123793508/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_11_1/026-1965324-6777247
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby toni » Thu 08.11.2005 5:00 pm

I can't even find a decent online dictionary! :-/
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby Kodi » Thu 08.11.2005 5:08 pm

Get a book! hehe.
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby Mariya » Thu 08.11.2005 5:15 pm

What if dictionaries confuse you?

*hides in a corner embarassed*
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby Kodi » Thu 08.11.2005 5:37 pm

well ur gonna need one sometime or other. To translate words you haven't seen before. Tho dictionarys aren't realy much help I don't think. I bet there is a better way to learn vocab. A more systematic way than A-Z heh. I do quite like randomly picking pages and finding useful words and then learning those tho lol.
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby Mariya » Thu 08.11.2005 5:45 pm

Okay, I'll take your word for it Kodi ^^.

Tho, I have this dictionary http://linear.mv.com/cgi-bin/j-e/dict

Is it okay? Its just that it gives so many results for just one word I want to know, it confuses me so badly.

Thanks for the help Minna-san!
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby Makusu » Thu 08.11.2005 6:27 pm

Mariya wrote:
What if dictionaries confuse you?


Welcome to the club ! lol :p
Usually when i look for vocabulary... i never find it >.<
So i ask my japanese penpals :p
Yeah i know, i'm using them to reach my goal ! NYAHAHA !

(That was supposed to be an evil laugh, but i lost my voice lately)
Ja!
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby kempokatt » Thu 08.11.2005 6:55 pm

Go here and get it....

http://wakan.manga.cz/

One of the best, free, stand-alone (not web-based) things you can have.

I'm only posting this once.
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby skrhgh3b » Thu 08.11.2005 7:24 pm

look, any textbook is going to throw list after list of vocabulary at you on every page - usually related to the chapter's theme subject - as well as teach you new grammar and kanji. you really should be using a textbook to guide your studies. you'll also want a dictionary, and i would recommend any furigana dictionary over the dozens of romaji dictionaries on the market. oxford's japanese minidictionary is a good pocket sized furigana dictionary. but if you want to spring (i did), kodansha's furigana japanese dictionary has numerous example sentences for each word that are extremely helpful. がんばってください
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby colind » Thu 08.11.2005 8:17 pm

I've come across this website... http://www.languageguide.org/nihongo/
I've never really used it but it seems pretty good. The Vocab is aranged into categories for you.
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby yankumi » Thu 08.11.2005 10:00 pm

http://www.languageguide.org/nihongo/ is a great website, thank you for posting it

There is a book called First Thousand Words in Japanese. It's great for vocabulary, but it is a children's book, so it depends on whether or not you want to carry around a big picture book, although there is a small paperback format as well. The book is linked to a website, you enter the page number and get a list of vocabulary that is spoken by a Japanese person.

http://usborne-quicklinks.com/usa/usa_entity_pages/usa_select_page.asp?lvl=1&id=1289

It's a bit awkward, but even without the book you can plug in page numbers and bring up vocabulary. It starts with page 4

http://usborne-quicklinks.com/usa/usa_entity_pages/usa_listening_to_japanese.asp?lang=usa&lvl=2&id=1289&From=4&To=5

and goes to page 55
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RE: Vocabulary

Postby skrhgh3b » Fri 08.12.2005 1:00 am

thanks for the links, donna! vocabulary actually happens to be my great weakness in japanese too (my grammar and kanji skills are far beyond my vocabulary skills - oy!), so this book may be exactly what i need :-)
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