What is the difference between these two words?

  • Look up the words up in a J-E dictionary
  • Look up the definitions for both words in a J-J dictionary
    • This is very important because often the J-E dictionary won’t be detailed enough to point out nuances and slight differences between synonyms
  • Google 「word1」 「word2」 どう違う and read the (usually) Japanese explanation
  • Use Jisho Sentence Search to check how the two words differ in context with real sentences and usage