EAS205 HOMEWORK FOR ONLINE DICTIONARIES All Languages: Look up the following character/word for your language in three online general dictionaries of your choice. They can be dictionaries we covered in class, or dictionaries you have found useful on your own. If they are not covered in class and/or found on the course index page, you must include the URL in your homework. Chinese character: 雨 Japanese character: 家 Korean word: 말 For each dictionary, provide a description of the results, including the pros and cons of the site. Here is an example for Japanese: Character: 女 Jim Breen’s “Search for Words in the Dictionary” function: After I input the word I got a list of results that included the word itself and many compounds that included the character, such as 女主 and 女嫌い. Each term had an English translation with it. Perhaps most helpful were the links to other dictionaries and resources after each entry. These include [G]oogle search, [GI] Google images, [S]anseido dictionary, [A]LC dictionary (Eijiro), [Ex]ample sentences, [V]erb conjugations, Japanese[W]ikipedia. The number of compounds was limited to about ten per page, but one could continue to the next page with one click. The total number of compounds was large, comparable to good paper dictionaries. One can select a term or terms and then click on “Examine” to find detailed entries for each kanji in the compound. These detailed entries included the Unicode encoding and the readings for the kanji. Clicking on “SOD” provided the stroke order for the character. Jeffrey's Japanese<->English Dictionary Server The search results on this page were in Romanization, which was not as useful as Jim Breen’s dictionary. However, if I clicked on the link I got the kanji for the term. The results have very simple definitions, with no example sentences and few further links. On Jeffrey’s Kanji Lookup, I entered the reading in kana under “Reading” and found the character’s entry, which looked like this: dictionary search code ``!3D77'' Classification: First Grade, Frequency-of-Use: #151 readings: JO, NYO, NYOU, onna, me, ona, ta, tsuki, na English tags: `woman', `female' Radical: 38, Stroke count: 3 Encodings: JIS 3D77, EUC BDF7, Kuten 2987, Shift-JIS 8F97, Unicode 5973 SKIP code: 4-3-4, Four-Corner code: 4040.0 Indices: Halpern #3418, Halpern Learners #2135, S&H Kana & Kanji #102, S&H Kanji Dictionary #3e0.1, Nelson #1185, New Nelson #1173, Henshall #35, De Roo #1769, Heisig #98, O'Neill Japanese Names #114, O'Neill Essential Kanji #62, Morohashi Number #6036, Morohashi Volume & Page #3.0612, Gakken #178, Japanese For Busy People #2.13, Japanese Language Power #60, Compact Kanji #423, Reading/Writing Japanese #41, Kanji in Context #68, Sakade #32, Tuttle Kanji Cards #19 Pinyin: nu:3, ru3 Korean readings: nyeo, yeo Most of this information is not helpful, though, unless one is trying to cross-reference dictionaries. The definition was terse and simplistic. Goo (Sanseidō) Online Dictionary This page gives a search selection of English-Japanese, Japanese-English or JapaneseJapanese. It also gives the choice to search all three. Results for the character 女 included a long list of compounds. If you choose to search all three dictionaries, you won’t get a link to further entries beyond the first ten. But, if you specify one dictionary then there is a link to further entries. The definition in the kokugo jiten had a quotation from the Man’yōshū. The definition in the Japanese-English dictionary had a few grammatical variations and looked like this: 《女性》woman; 《集合的》the fair sex; 《婦人》a woman; 《情婦》a mistress. ・～の female; feminine. ・～らしい womanly; ladylike. ・～らしくない unwomanly; unladylike. ～三人よれば姦(かしま)しい Where there are women, there is noise./ When women gather, gossip spreads. It seems like there are many compounds in this dictionary, comparable to the other two above.
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