I just got it today, and as amazing as it is, I can't help but find it rather confusing. Is someone going to write a guide for this? Or is there are a japanese person here willing to help me translate some of the options?
Qaantar Posted 4/22/2006 4:19:46 PM
I'd like to write a guide, but I'm on work travel right now. I don't get back until the middle of May, though ): sorry
ChaosDragon13 Posted 4/22/2006 5:26:44 PM
^ I was thinking about writing an English users guide as well, but with finals coming up next week I have to spend all of my time studing right now.
Really though the menus arent too hard to translate if you think about it. I mean, the game itself is a dictionary so anything you dont understand you can pretty much just write it in and find out what it means.
YayECE Posted 4/22/2006 10:29:11 PM
Here's a quick bit of help... Someone can write up a full guide, or if you can find some good high quality screen shots, we can do better:
In the upper left corner, you have up/down arrows. Those scroll through your search history.
Below that is 英和, or the English->Japanese dictionary. Below that, is 和英, or the Japanese->English dictionary. Next, is 国語, or the Japanese->Japanese dictionary. Finally, last is 一括, which is all the dictionaries combined.
Next to the input area: 漢字: sets the handwriting recognition for kanji (and also kana) かな: sets the handwriting recognition for hiragana カナ: sets the handwriting recognition for katakana 英字: sets the handwriting recognition for English letters 数字: sets the handwriting recognition for numbers.
Hopefully that's enough to get you started.
YayECE Posted 4/22/2006 10:30:07 PM
Double post... Set your encoding to Shift-JIS to read that.
In IE at least, go to View->Encoding->Japanese (Shift-JIS)
I believe it is similar in Firefox too.
By default, your web browser probably defaults to some English based decoding. You need to change it so it can read Japanese characters correctly.
YayECE Posted 5/20/2006 5:25:27 PM
bump, just in case
NagakuraShin Posted 6/3/2006 2:56:50 AM
Just so I'm clear, when you write in a kanji to look up, can/does it display any english in the meaning? I was just thinking that the DS is perfect for this sort of thing when I looked up this psuedogame. And with so many kids these days not only having DS's but getting interested in Japanese, an American developer should've put out an English adaptation by now. --- Oh God, the DBZ screennames are reproducing.-Zohar Metatron
Qaantar Posted 6/3/2006 4:56:39 AM
In short, yes, it will give an English meaning.
There is a Japanese to English dictionary, but there is also an English to Japanese dictionary as well as a Japanese dictionary (with all Japanese definitions). I've noticed in my casual use of the dictionary that a number of times the item I want to look up is only in the Japanese dictionary, and not in the Japanaese to English dictionary.
Also, if you're translating video game stuff, often words get "made up" and you have to derive the meaning from the individual kanji (seiken of seiken densetsu is a good example).
But I will also add I've found the program extremely useful while reading, and much faster than looking up in a paper kanji dictionary in most cases.