Sunday, July 29, 2012

I need a denshi jisho for my denshi jisho...

So much to cover, so little time! Make sure you read all the way to the last two paragraphs! They're the most important! My denshi jisho (an electronic dictionary) finally arrived a smidge over a week ago. There was a flurry of flying wrapping, much like on Christmas and I finally got to the amazing little device (which was in a box, inside a box, inside a bag, much like my sister wraps things) I was very excited to use it! I opened it up and realized instantly I was in for trouble.

There was menu that popped up with two or three options. Uh-oh.I didn't know enough kanji to read it and not wanting to take an hour to translate it I thumbed through the material for it. I should tell you at this point, the supplemental material is entirely in Japanese, as I should have expected buying it from Japan. Someone out there loves me though, because tucked away inside the manual was a short start up manual in English! I got through the setup and then realized, there were more kanji all over the keyboard that I had no clue what they did.

Casio Ex-Word XD-D9800GM Electronic Dictionary.

That didn't stop me from playing with it of course. I couldn't figure out the writing pad, though I did manage to find quick translate. My first day with the denshi jisho was exciting, but a little disappointing since I pretty much needed a denshi jisho to be able to figure out how to use my denshi jisho. No worries though, my awesome tomodachi Marie once again came to my aid and taught me how to use it!

It's very convenient in the fact that if I find a kanji I don't know, I can draw it and this little electronic dictionary will find it for me in seconds! This is a vast improvement over the paper dictionaries because it can take 5-20 minutes to find a kanji in a dictionary since they are nowhere near as easy to navigate as an English dictionary. I can also use this denshi jisho to search using the Japanese alphabet or I can flip over to the oxford dictionary and search from English to Japanese. There's also a English dictionary packed away in this device. Over all, it's EXACTLY what I needed for Japan!

It's so small too!
Overall, I could have really used this denshi jisho a few days sooner as I was finishing my Japan Women's University study abroad application this week. I wanted to make sure i understood the short "essay" questions so I translated the questions into English which took around an hour. If I'd have had my denshi jisho, or rather if I'd known how it worked sooner it would have cut that time down significantly. All things said and done everything turned out okay thanks once again to the aid of awesome tomodachi Marie. She helped me edit two of my essays and really really helped me write one of the essays. I don't know what I'd do without my friends!

Essays being done and after much checking and double checking that I had all the materials, I finally turned in my application Wednesday afternoon! It was very nerve racking, not because it was difficult to turn in, but because essentially I've reached the point of no return. With the application submitted, the University of Oregon will be sending it to JWU and I will have my final acceptance letter sometime in November.

A card my awesome tomodachi Ayumi sent along with my denshi jisho!

The next very exciting news I have for all of you is that I have partnered with Forever Photography as a sponsor! She is a fantastic local photographer and she will be donating 50% of all proceeds from photography shoots until I leave for Japan in January of 2013. That said, more information to come soon on how to take advantage of this and get some amazing photography while sponsoring my trip! My next post will be dedicated to showing you this fantastic woman's work as well as how you can get ahold of her and schedule an appointment.

On the subject of sponsorships, if you or anyone you know is interested in contributing to my study abroad experience please send me an e-mail and I can get information to you, or them. You can also use the forms and links provided under the donate section in the menu to donate! As always, thanks for reading and you'll hear from me soon!


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