This is a tool that’s meant to help you study Japanese counters. You’ll be given a random item and a random number, and then you tell us how you’d count that in Japanese. Current study packs include common counters, essential counters, and counters for JLPT N4 and N5.
This new online onomatopoeia encyclopedia aims to teach Japanese onomatopoeia using illustrations, videos, and English equivalents.
Each onomatopoeic word is categorized into one of more than twenty-five different categories. Clicking on a word brings up a detailed page that includes pronunciation with audio, a short explanation, tags, example sentences, and images. These images either directly use the term or represent what it’s used for (or … [ Read more ]
Pulling material from both NHK News and Hukumusume, TangoRisto allows users to make the most of their reading experience with unique features, customizable vocabulary lists, and easy Japanese dictionary lookup.
When you open the app, you’re given a few options to choose from:
- NHK News Easy
- Top NHK News
NHK News Easy is Japanese news written for kids – think … [ Read more ]
A collection of Japanese expressions, words and other amusing bits and pieces discovered on a Japanese learning journey.
These 100 words will get you through an untold number of situations, problems, and feelings, just by knowing these all-important words. I’m not saying that there aren’t any other important words out there (and I hope you add to the list by commenting below), but I do think this list of 100 words will get you really, really far if you are, for some reason, … [ Read more ]
The Learnit widget is a simple & intelligent tool for building vocabulary. Users are shown a dynamic list of 10 words from a chosen language pair. The learnit widget can be positioned on social network homepages, search engines & blogs, and is available as a Google gadget which can be added to any web page. Subscription to extra features (such as sound) is an option … [ Read more ]
This game shows you an English word and asks you to type in the Japanese (you can hear the Japanese word and character as you click on the Kana keys).
Kasumi Kobayashi reads lists of words so you can practice pronunciation. The lists are published on her website, so you can follow along, painlessly learning the kanji for each word. This website is aimed at French speakers, but there’s a lot of good stuff here even for non-Francophones.
This project was first started as a desktop application to help the author quickly recall the Japanese vocabulary in the Minna No Nihongo textbooks. That program was ported to the web so that he could share it with others.
The question order and “filler” (or “other possible”) answers are randomized each time you start a new quiz. This should keep the learning fresh and exciting. … [ Read more ]
healthhokkaido’s symptom translator lets you choose a list of your symptoms and have them translated into a printer friendly bilingual format that you can take to the doctor.
Nathan Mrvichin, a student at the University of Texas Austin, created an online program to review the Yookoso vocabulary. It has all of Yookoso! Introduction vocab (vol 1) for a review, and he is adding Yookoso! Continuing vocab (vol 2) as we go along in class. It is a very good self assessment tool.
Editor’s Note: the explanations and format of the site need … [ Read more ]
Each language has different ways of counting objects. Japanese uses counters. They are similar to English expressions such as “a cup of ~,” “a sheet of ~” and so on. There are a variety of counters, often based on the shape of the object. The counters are attached directly to a number (e.g. ni-hai, san-mai). When combining a number with a counter, the pronunciation of … [ Read more ]
Japanese is filled with onomatopoeic phrases, the word that describe sound or action directly. There are two categories: giongo and gitaigo. Giongo are the words which express voice or sounds. Gitatigo are the words which express actions, states or human emotions.
Online resource guru Charles Kelly has just uploaded a Flash-based quiz on the ii-adjectives marked as commonly used in EDICT as of 2006-07-14. Straightforward stuff – you are given an adjective in kanji/kana and you have to pick the correct meaning from 4 or 5 options (depends on which quiz you pick). I gave it a whirl, did 100 questions and got paddled – only … [ Read more ]
The sequel to the article, “making love in Japanese”, this article is intended as more of a hands-on guide to useful sex-related vocabulary. [Hat Tip to Nihongojouzu.com]
An article on the topic of how to speak about sex in Japanese and, at least as importantly, how to avoid accidental misunderstandings. [Hat Tip to Nihongojouzu.com]
Nihongoresources offers a semi-detailed look at kansaiben, including syntax, grammar and vocabulary.
Learning in context makes sense – the relevancy of the words helps aid memorisation and use. The problem of learning words as you meet them is that you will never learn words you never meet! One way is to supplement contextual learning with some good old fashioned word lists. Then the question becomes “What words should I learn?”
A Swadesh list is a list of … [ Read more ]
Will at Nihongojouzu thought it would be fun to insert examples of sound words (onomatopoeia) into an account of an average day in the life of an Assistant Language Teacher in a public school in Japan. This way readers can see immediately how to use these nifty word devices in context.
How many words do you know in Japanese? Take the 語彙数推定テスト (Vocabulary Assessment Test) and find out. You will be presented with a list of 50 words – just tick the boxes next to the ones you know (be honest!) and based on how many of these representative words you know the page will spit out an assessment of your vocabulary. Compare your score with … [ Read more ]