The Japanese-English dictionary that I use all the time is an older model electronic dictionary. It’s quite a dinosaur. However, recently I looked at new electronic dictionaries at Yamada Denki Computer Store and the new models have so many bells and whistles that they are confusing to me. I realized I am fine with my old dinosaur dictionary. It’s big, black, and clunky, not sleek and silver. But it does the job for me. Basically
The big problem I have with it (and the same would hold true with a new model dictionary) is that it is meant for Japanese people, not for native speakers of English. That means when I enter an English word, the translation often appears in kanji, which I usually can not read. So that’s really a problem for me.
I don’t think they make electronic Japanese-English dictionaries for native speakers, that I am aware of. I think they might have apps but I don’t really use our Ipad much.
Anyway, so I felt it was time to buy a new English-Japanese dictionary. This is the one that I owned: http://www.amazon.co.jp/Kodanshas-Furigana-English-Japanese-Dictionary-Masatoshi/dp/1568365063/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1393372511&sr=8-7&keywords=Kodansha+English+japanese+dictionary It was fine when I was a beginner, but now it just doesn’t do the trick. Every time I look up a word, it is not in there.
So I bought this dictionary: http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E7%A0%94%E7%A9%B6%E7%A4%BE-%E3%81%B5%E3%82%8A%E3%81%8C%E3%81%AA%E8%8B%B1%E5%92%8C%E8%BE%9E%E5%85%B8-%E7%A0%94%E7%A9%B6%E7%A4%BE%E8%BE%9E%E6%9B%B8%E7%B7%A8%E9%9B%86%E9%83%A8/dp/4767411734/ref=pd_sim_fb_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Z5ND4TDHX7FQ96SNCZE I have it a while now–I received it the day after I ordered it!
The first word I looked up was “scab”. That’s the word that prompted me to buy the dictionary. It was listed! Hoorary! Scab is kasabuta (かさぶた) Next (and I am revealing my juvenile thought processes), I looked up the word “fart” It is translated as “he o suru” (へをする) Hello! Everybody knows the word for fart is onara ( おなら） Oh well. Strike one for the dictionary.
But anyway, I have had it for a few weeks now and I am really loving it. So far every word I have looked up has been in there. It even has weird stuff like “Desdemona” “botheration” and “sequela” (Don’t ask me what sequela means.)
I love my new dictionary! 🙂