OK, using these tools doesn’t guarantee success in Japanese learning… look at me for example.
Anyway, one of the things that I love about Macintosh computers is the dictionary feature. You can look up definitions of words easily, via the application Dictionary (duh) or Spotlight search. But what if you are lazy like me and end up neglecting the application? Shortcuts!
What if you can mouse hover on words and with a simple shortcut , a pop up instantly shows up with definitions, pronunciations ? This is perfect! No more launching Dictionary and typing the word yourself.
Well, Google is always so nice and often translates the entire webpage to Japanese for you. But this way you won’t learn because all you see is basically
grammatically incorrect English.
1. Look up definitions
No more BS and let’s see how to set it up… ( I learnt about this from my colleague today)
defaults write com.apple.symbolichotkeys AppleSymbolicHotKeys -dict-add 70 “<dict><key>enabled</key><true/><key>value</key><dict><key>parameters</key><array><integer>100</integer><integer>2</integer><integer>1310720</integer></array><key>type</key><string>standard</string></dict></dict>”
2. Listen to it!
I’m sure many have known and used this Speech feature. I like this feature and use it quite frequently.
Another useful application is to let Kyoko (or any other voice) teach you how to read lyrics of a foreign song. For example, I have used “Yuna” to read out some Korean pop songs. If it happens to be a rap song, just adjust the “Speaking Rate” to “fast”. 😛
Oh, and try to use “Kyoto” to read English text… see what happens. I thought it’d just be English with Japanese accent, but…
–Again, the above tools can be applied to any languages that the Mac supports, as long as you’ve install the corresponding dictionary/voice pack. Happy learning!