Unintentional Hilarity #3: All You Need to Know About Boyfriends

This is what you get if you search for “boyfriend” in my Japanese-English electronic dictionary (denshi jisho). Obviously, it contains all of the essential phrases one would want/need to know when discussing a boyfriend, right?

Electronic dictionaries are a necessity for most serious Japanese learners. In one small device, you often get 20+ different dictionaries, including Japanese –> English, English –> Japanese, Japanese –> Japanese, and even English –> English. These devices have improved vastly in the last 10 years—my first Canon Wordtank couldn’t hold a candle to my current Casio Ex-Word—but the latter is already dated by current standards. These days, you can write the kanji (Chinese picture characters) on a built-in touchpad and the dictionary will (largely accurately) make sense of your scribbles, which is an *enormous* help. Believe me, I tried to take a translation class without the latter capabilities about 6 years ago, and looking up all of those words the traditional way was time consuming to a nearly impossible degree.

Anyway, one of the best things about denshi jisho are their example sentences and phrases, of which the above is a great example.

Apologies for the short entry, but I’ve actually got so much to say that I don’t have time to upload it onto the Internet! I’ve been *really* busy with traveling, and I have many great stories and pictures to share. In the last four days, I’ve been to Gion Matsuri (Kyoto), Takayama, Miyajima, and Hiroshima. And between tomorrow and Friday, I’ll be visiting Kamakura, Yokohama, and Tokyo! No rest for the weary, it seems. So anyway, lots of entries coming soon–but I didn’t want my loyal blog readers to get bored, so I thought I would share something funny with you.

Hope all is well elsewhere in the world!