Turn on the built in Japanese/English Dictionary in OSX


I recently read this article about just how awesome the Webster's dictionary is compared to other dictionaries.. I highly recommend it.

After reading that I installed that dictionary in OSX. Then a few days later I needed to look up a Japanese word. I usually go to WWWJDIC to look things up but it's annoying to have to be online.

Then I got to thinking, Hmmm, if I was able to install a dictionary into OSX I'll bet there's a Japanese or Japanese to English dictionary. A few clicks later and BAM!, turns out there's one built in. All you have to do is turn it on.


Enable Japanese to English Dictionary in iOS


Right after figuring out how to enable the built in Japanese to English dictionary in OSX a friend was like "Awesome! Now they just need it for iOS" to which I thought, hmm, I wonder.

A few clicks later and BAM! Same feature is in iOS


Why Japanese is Hard to Learn


This is mostly in response to the English is Hard to Learn meme

One of the first words you learn when studying Japanese is “iku” (行く)The word “to go”. So, given that it’s spelled

行 i
く ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

行 ___
実行 ji___
行う ___u
膝行 i____
売れ行き ure___ki

Or about about this one. “iku” (生く). It means “to live” or “to be alive” So given that it’s spelled

生 i
く ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

先生 sen___
一生 i___
芝生 shiba___
往生 ou___
千生り sen___ri
埴生 ha____
平生 hei___
弥生 ya ___
蓬生 yomo____
生り ___ri
相生 ai___
下生え shita___e
生える __eru


実行 jikou
行う okonau
膝行 izari
売れ行き ureyuki

先生  sensei
一生  isshou
芝生  shibafu
往生 oujou
千生り sennari
埴生 hanyuu
平生  heizei
弥生  yayoi
蓬生  yomogiu
生り  namari
相生 aioi
下生え shitabae
生える haeru

All languages have their quirks. ☺