So after a half-decade hiatus from the academic world, I’m finally going back to college. Of the many things I’m going to finally sit down and study, one is Japanese. I’m looking forward to this in particular, since I like the language and the culture, and it seems like an actually useful skill.
That having been said, I see these electronic dictionary thingys as being popular in my college’s ESL/ENNL community and think they’re nifty, and it seems like the sort of thing that’d be handy (for those of you unfamiliar with the concept, they’re just little PDA-sized things to search for unfamiliar words and phrases, just like the name implies).
My questions, particularly for those of you into learning other languages and REALLY particularlly those into Japanese, are:
Are these things REALLY as useful as they look? Some apparently can actually say the word, show stroke order for Kanji, etc… That sounds massively helpful.
Any good ones? Bad ones?
What features should I look for? I’m a male geek so I get really excited about features and bells and whistles, but don’t want to totally go ape…
I appreciate any and all advice you all can provide.