I have been learning japanese for 6 months now and thought that I would have a stab at buying a Japanese comic book to try and read/ translate but I'm struggling! There are many different words that are included in the comic that do not appear in the dictionary or in my Google searches. One example is:

じいちやん - grandfather

These last two words I have no idea about. I've spent my entire lunch break on just these two. Any help on what they mean and how to better look up words like this?


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  • What dictionary doesn't have エサ? Also, it's とって, not とつて – ssb Dec 10 '14 at 2:28
  • Similarly, it's じいちゃん, not ちやん – ssb Dec 10 '14 at 2:33
  • This was the result I was getting when I typed it into the dictionary: jisho.org/words?jap=%E3%82%A8%E3%82%B5&eng=&dict=edict ahhh I guess those lower case ones make more sense now. In the comic book they didn't really change the size of the characters so it made it harder – James Willcox Dec 10 '14 at 2:35
  • The problem with looking on jisho like that is it only finds katakana versions. jisho.org/words?jap=%E3%81%88%E3%81%95&eng=&dict=edict You might try using the beta version of jisho instead. – ssb Dec 10 '14 at 3:01
  • Cool thanks for that, still so many things to learn! – James Willcox Dec 10 '14 at 3:39

Have a look at the resources : Resources for learning Japanese a number of online dictionaries are listed.

If you look for example at Jisho, both your examples are listed. I have seen some people dislike Edict-based dictionaries so please keep an open mind and try other things.

  • 爺{じい}ちゃん

    • Grandfather (may be used after name as honorific).Familiar language, See also 祖父{}さん, usu. 祖父ちゃん
    • Male senior-citizen (may be used after name as honorific).usu. 爺ちゃん
  • 餌{えさ} Noun

    • (animal) feed; fodder.
    • Bait; lure; enticement.
  • 取{と}って来{く}る

    • Kuru verb - special class,To fetch; to go and get. Other form 取ってくる 【とってくる】

For the last one, the confusion arose from the fact that you mistook  (small つ used for doubling consonants) for . I honestly think that reading anything after only 6 months of Japanese will be really hard, but good luck and I hope this helps !

  • thank you so much for your time! I must say it is really hard but incredibly fun – James Willcox Dec 12 '14 at 2:40

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