If you want to be a serious language learner like myself, I strongly recommend Fujitsu's X[p[«2000.
It contains 5 dictionaries.
If you want to know more about the each dictionary's function, you can click on the side bar icon like Fig 2-0.
[Figure 2-0. Home page of X[p[«2000]
If want to know more about CD-ROM« , please refer to this home page. There is more information than you would want to know!
[Why we have to have it]
It contains virtually all the information that you need
It has full Jump functions. (You can easily look up whatever you want to look up on the screen.)
It works between κEpaE apEΏ«T seamlessly.
[How to use it, and what it can do]
You can use it with or without installing whole files on a local hard disk.
However, I strongly recommend that you instal all the files on a hard disk.
You can "search" much faster than using the CD-ROM with its drive.
Your CD-Rom drive is available for other use.
You will not hear a hissing sound from your CD-ROM drive.
You cannot use multimedia files and kanji strokes (In this case, you have to place your CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive.).
You need extra space in your hard drive.
Let's look into what you can do with CD-ROM dictionaries in greater detail.
[Case 1: Installing all the files on the hard disk]
After installing the CD-ROM dictionary on your hard disk, please click its icon, and then you can see Fig2-1.
[Figure 2-1. The dictionary's opening screen]
Now you have to choose whatever dictionary you want to use.
This time, I will choose the L«. (Just double-click on it).
And then it will ask you to put your CD-ROM in its drive like Fig2-2.
[Figure 2-2. Prompt for inserting CD-ROM]
You've already installed all the files on your hard drive, so you can just click on the Cancel button, and then you can see Fig2-3.
[Figure2- 3. You've got the Kojiennow]
Now, it is time to search for some vocabulary. This time I chose "gakusei". If you type it in and hit the "Return key", you will get Fig2-4.
[Figure 2-4. Kensaku (Searching)]
If you click on the item you want to know, you will get something like Fig2-5.
[Figure 2-5. You've got the result]
As I mentioned before, you can search for any character or vocabulary on the display really easily. All you need to do is just capture it and click the right mouse button as shown in Fig2-6. Then you will get a window that looks something like Fig2-7.
[Figure 2-6. Let's jump]
[Figure 2-7. Kensaku (Search) Results]
As you can see in Fig2-6, there are several search options. We will discuss it in the next chapter when I introduce web dictionaries.
The beauty of using X[p[«2000 is that you can open several dictionaries at the same time.
Do not close the L«; just leave it there.
Follow the same steps we did previously, except this time choose the paE ap from Fig 2-1.
Now you will get a screen like Fig2-8.
[Figure 2-8. Another Dictionary]
If there is some unknown vocabulary when you use the "Kojien", you can just copy and past it into the paE ap«Tlike Fig.2-8. Then, if you hit the "Return"key, you will get results similar to those in Fig2-9.
[Figure 2-9. The results from the ap«T]
[Tips] The paE ap«T understands English and Japanese automatically, so you can just copy and paste everything into the search plane.
When you are reading online contents from Web or electronic files, you can just copy and paste them into your favorite dictionaries. When you are reading paper text material, however, how do you usually look up vocabulary you want to look up?
This situation may create a great deal of frustration and stress, but I will try to give you some method to relieve that stress.
I will show you how to look things up in a dictionary using X[p[«2000 and MS-IME 2000, which I already explained in the first series of Power Tools - Part 1:MS-IME 2000 and MS Word 2000. If you want to know more about this please refer to it.
To give you a smooth ride, I will show you shortly how to lookup unknown vocabulary from a text source.
To make your life easier, we will use "notepad" as scratch paper.