Reading Japanese Signs

Charles Kelly, Aichi Institute of Technology Professor and the man behind Charles Kelly’s Online Japanese Language Study Materials, has grabbed 900 photos of real life Japanese signs and stuck them on the web so people outside of Japan (or people in Japan who can’t pry themselves away from the computer) can practise reading them. The photos don’t come with translations (you have to do some work yourself!) but Charles indicates that he may set up the pages in quiz format like this older set. Street signs, shop signs, family surnames (as found on houses and gates) and from simple to read to fiendishly difficult. If you are sitting level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test this would be a fun way to boost the breadth of your kanji exposure. [courtesy of Nihongojouzu.com]

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