In case anyone is in the same situation as >>>/jp/47750 and would like to learn about a convenient little tool for instantaneous rune lookup, allow me to introduce you to Yomichan:https://foosoft.net/projects/yomichan/
It works like this: you install the addon, you upload a dictionary through its settings, then just mouse over some scribbles while pressing shift or control and BAM there's your instant dictionary right there. Incredible stuff.
These are the dictionaries I have saved:https://files.catbox.moe/3379ya.zip
It's a tweaked version of this bigger collection:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1TRylrqtoYi2hW9dAjci5cugNzde_WRTM
Minus some broken things, the RU/ZH dicts, and the bigger monolingual files so I could make it fit into catbox, while adding a couple like kireicake which is the same as the JMdict but better. Personally, these are the ones I regularly use:https://files.catbox.moe/jqp9dr.7z
Sometimes I check the Meikyou and Daijirin as well, but the Oubun and Shinmeikai do a pretty damn job at covering things in general. The former has a short intro at the top of complex entries to give an idea of the word's meaning in general and often features sections where it explains nuanced differences between this and that word/kanji, while the Shinmeikai tends to be quite short with zero examples but very interesting explanations. Don't be afraid to use deepl for MTL, I do it fairly often and it works pretty well, though you do need to double check sometimes.
Something to keep in mind is that Japanese dictionaries give you a list of definitions
, while English ones have a list of synonyms
. A great example is that of 生み出す, for which kireicake says:>to create, to bring forth, to produce, to invent, to think up and bring into being, to give birth to, to bearPost too long. Click here to view the full text.