I’m not a big fan of Rikaichan. Correction: some part of my brain is not a big fan of Rikaichan. Some part of my brain is really bothered by all of those bubbles popping up everywhere. I’ve been using bookmarklets for J-E dictionaries instead. The bookmarklets give my brain the information that it asks for. Nothing more. My brain seems to like this.
My set-up for the past few weeks has included the following 3 bookmarklets:
- One for Heisig keyword look-up (discussed in my last post),
- One for WWWJDIC’s audio recordings (this really helps with tricky pronunciation - for example those nasty dropped u ‘s and i ‘s), and
- One for keeping track of new words using Tangorin’s vocabulary list feature.
Today though I became a little jealous when I read about LizLearn’s monolingual use of the Rickaichan beta. So cool. Might there be a bookmarklet for a J-J dictionary? Turns out finding a bookmarklet on a Japanese website is easier said than done. So I decided to make my own. This Sanseido dictionary bookmarklet is the result. It allows for looking-up the definitions, readings, antonyms, etc. of a Japanese word using the Sanseido J-J dictionary with just one-click. Best of all, it makes recursive look-ups - looking up a word used in the definition of another word - super fast and easy.
Anyone is welcome to use it. It should work in any browser. Just follow these 2 simple steps:
- Place a bookmark for any webpage in your bookmarks bar. Any webpage will do. Bookmark this webpage for example.
- Go to your bookmarks manager and replace the address for the bookmark you just created with the code posted here. You can rename the bookmark ‘Sanseido’ or ‘三省堂’.
To try out your new bookmark just select a Japanese word like 凄い and click the bookmarklet. Enjoy!