How to translate and learn Japanese using jisho?

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You know the famous site jisho.org? If you study Japanese, you must understand that the word jisho (辞書) literally means dictionary. The jisho website is one of the most interesting tools for Japanese students. In this article we will help you to translate and learn Japanese using jisho.org;

Like jisho, you are able to understand the meaning of Japanese ideograms, words, names and even example sentences. The website provides in detail all the readings, meanings and traits of a kanji. You can also draw a kanji or choose radicals to find something you can't write on the keyboard.

The big problem and obstacle for people, is that the site is in English. However, it has translations in Spanish and even English in a large number of words. Despite the English language, you can easily use the google translator, without worrying about wrong translations, in this article I will explain the reason.

Using Jisho to translate and learn Japanese

Use the jisho It's simple, just go to the website and type in the text you want to translate or find details. It can be in Japanese with kanji, romaji and even in English, the site will recognize the word and present a list of options. To help you learn Japanese using jisho, I made a quick video below:

In addition to the video, we will see some examples of how you can use jisho to translate, learn and study a simple phrase or lyrics. Below we have the following sentence:

  • 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

The first thing you should do is select the first kanji (俺) if you don't know its meaning. When playing it in jisho, you will see the meaning of the word and details of the kanji on the side. If you click on the kanji, you will access a page with all the details of this Japanese character.

If you have at least a little knowledge in English, you will know that this ideogram means me (I, me), but if you use the google translator, you will see that the site says that word sounds harsh or arrogant. Then we see the particle の, so just ignore it for now.

You can now translate the other kanji (妹) which means little sister. You will see the word reading at the top of the kanji, written in hiragana. Be careful when using the translator on pages with very long words, as he may end up changing the kanji hiraganas and leaving the wrong word.

Doing this with all the words and ignoring the particles, we will have the following words:

  • 俺 - me, mine;
  • 妹 - younger sister;
  • こんな - such, so, this way
  • 可愛い - cute, adorable, charming;
  • わけがない - there is no way that (expresses that something is impossible);

These are the meanings that jisho presented to us, even using the google translator. Don't forget to check the furigana pronunciation in words with kanji to learn how to pronounce or write in Romaji. Now let's do as I do when writing articles or breaking up music, I put the sentence in romanization:

  • 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない
  • Pray no imouto ga konnani kawaii wakeganai

First we have the particle in (の) that indicates possession. So we're basically talking about my sister. If we look for konna (ni) without the particle ni (に) you will find the expression "like this". Followed by the word cute and adorable and ending as there is no way or impossible.

Everything that came before the particle が is the subject we're talking about, my sister. Start by reading the sentence behind to better translate into Portuguese. There's no way / cute adorable / like that. Now we must include my sister in the sentence, which translates is:

  • There is no way (my sister) to be that cute. 

How will jisho help you learn Japanese?

You will need to interpret the context of the sentence to arrive at a more logical meaning and a perfect translation. It doesn't matter if you are using the google translator to leave jisho's words in Portuguese. The site provides several meanings for the same word, in addition to the English translation being much more accurate.

In addition, you will be translating word for word, and only then will you transform the phrase and translate the song correctly. We also recommend putting the Japanese word or kanji in the google translator to see more meanings and meanings of the word. Japanese is a language full of idioms, making literal and quick translations impossible.

Translating and studying the sentences carefully and in detail will help you to memorize Japanese words and expressions in a natural and fun way. Picking up a song and translating sentence by sentence will have far more results than filling in gap exercises or reading giant texts.

Como traduzir e aprender japonês usando o jisho?

When translating words using jisho, you know several alternatives to the same word, as well as other words with different meanings that use the same ideogram. Only with jisho and with Japanese content, your studies can go beyond anything handout or teacher.

Of course, using jisho will take practice and dedication, you should also not abandon traditional methods of memorization. Using jisho can be both a fast and a slow way to learn Japanese. The goal is to leave it in your hands to meet all your needs when learning nihongo.

Do you want to expand your Japanese learning even further? Read our article that explains how to learn Japanese by producing content (click here). 

Other uses of Jisho

Jisho goes far beyond translating phrases or seeing the meaning of words and kanji. It is a completely complete dictionary that will help you learn Japanese, no matter what level you are at. Below we will list some possibilities you have when using jisho.

  • Assistance and reading of texts and words;
  • Verbal inflection information;
  • Multiple word search mixing English and Japanese;
  • Add tags to filter searches;
  • See the reading of kanji names;
  • Know the JLPT level of a word or kanji;
  • Searches phrases and sentences with a certain word;

Just using tags makes it possible to learn anything using jisho. See you can see a complete list of jisho tags accessing this page

I hope you enjoyed these tips on using jisho to translate and learn Japanese. Did you know this site? What is your experience with him? We appreciate your comments and shares. We recommend other articles that will help you learn Japanese below: