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20 Most Recent Posts

  1. Japanese Language School Database
    Ross at Japanistry has created a Japanese language school database that contains the latest school information and lets you search by a range of criteria (location, course type, accommodation criteria) so that you can find the best school quickly and easily. According to Ross, there are a few other databases out there at the moment but they unfortunately contain dated information or are not easily … [ Read more ]

  2. Site Redesign
    I first launched this site in late 2002. I did all the programming myself and, while over the years I have made a few tweaks here and there, mostly I haven't done much in terms of keeping up with the times. The site wasn't mobile ready or responsive and the design was pretty sad. Well, maybe the design is still a bit sad, but at … [ Read more ]

  3. So You Want To Learn Japanese
    Editor's Note: I post this despite the protests I know it will inspire in many. It is a strange, but interesting piece. As the author states at the end, the essay is a joke and should be taken like one. Anyway, I don't specifically endorse anything said but neither do I apologize for posting it. So You Want To Learn Japanese. You've eaten at a few Japanese … [ Read more ]

  4. Useful Tips for Typing in Japanese and English in MS Windows
    Typing in BOTH Japanese and English WITHOUT switching between the two in IME. Switching IME modes is a real pain. Have you ever wondered if there is a better way? Well, there is. Actually there are two ways:

    1. Just select the Japanese mode, type whatever you want in Japanese and then hit the F10 button. This works great for a single word but may not be
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  5. Pera Pera Penguin
    This was a great short (1-page PDF) Japanese language learning column written by Hitomi Hirayama and carried every five weeks in the Daily Yomiuri newspaper. Although the main link is no longer valid, the original PDF files are still online and I link to them below. Alternatively, I have compiled all of them in a single .zip file (25.4MB) you can download … [ Read more ]

  6. The Different Ways To Learn Kanji, As I See It
    The kanji methods war is broken up into several camps, which I will be naming the following: - Repetition - Vocabulary & Context - Reading Reading Reading - Heisig’s - Mnemonics With ReadingsAs I go through each “Way Of The Kanji,” I’d like to look at the positives, negatives, and history of each (if possible).

  7. Slime Forest Adventure
    Slime Forest Adventure is a learning RPG which aims to teach a basic set of Japanese language skills. The free demo version of the game teaches the user how to identify all hiragana and katakana characters, along with up to 200 kanji, and also contains supplementary grammar training. There are two premium versions of the game: Gradeschool Kanji expands the kanji covered to 1,000 and … [ Read more ]

  8. Kanji Games
    Kanji Games is a site offering two Kanji learning games, to be used either on the site or via iOS apps. Kanji Connect is a fun way to learn JLPT kanji/vocabulary and the full version (not free though a free 'lite' version is available) contains over 1125 kanji (45 levels x 25 kanji), covering JLPT N5 to N2. The Lex Flashcard Game app is a … [ Read more ]

  9. RomajiDesu
    RomajiDesu is another free online Japanese ⇆ English dictionary. You may type a word in Japanese, Hiragana, Romaji or English. A mobile-friendly version is available as well. Other features include sample sentences, audio pronunciation, kanji information and stroke order diagrams.

  10. How To Identify A Kanji That You Don’t Know
    Koichi at Tofugu offers up an excellent primer on identifying unknown kanji characters and lists some useful resources. Even more useful resources are mentioned in the comments, so check them out as well.

  11. Amazon’s Kindle USA Now Offering Japanese eBooks; Here’s How To Study With Them
    Looks like a non-Japanese (aka USA, for now) Amazon Kindle store now stocks books in the Japanese language. This opens up some huge opportunities for study, though it does currently have its share of problems. Koichi spent the weekend reading terrible books and trying things out, though, so he’d be able to share them with you.

  12. Japanese Reading Practice For Beginners
    Since it’s normally pretty hard for beginners to find reading resources, Tofugu put together a list of resources for beginners to study with, listing them with a little bit about each including some suggestions on how to study with them.

  13. 25 Ways to Save Money While Traveling in Japan
    Is Japan really as expensive as people say it is? Ashley Thompson has discovered many ways to save money, both as a resident and as a traveler. Some are fairly standard, but others were learned through trial and error.

  14. How I Use My Kindle
    Harvey at JapanNewbie.com talks about using his Kindle to read Japanese.

  15. 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Japanese Learning When I Was First Starting Out
    Koichi at Tofugu has come up with a list of ten things he really wishes he had known during the days of his youth that would have made my Japanese-learning life so much easier.

  16. How Japanese Went From Illegible To Legible In 100 Years
    At the core of Japanese there’s hiragana, the basic Japanese alphabet (or syllabary, if you want to be pedantic about it). But it wasn’t until pretty recently that hiragana was standardized. Until the 20th century, people could basically write hiragana however they wanted to. Those different ways of writing hiragana were called hentaigana (変体仮名).

  17. JGuide: Stanford Guide to Japan Resources
    The J Guide is a topically arranged directory of online information resources in and about Japan, with focus on resources about Japan in the English language.

  18. How to Learn 2,000 Kanji in 3 Months: Mission Possible
    Your mission, if you choose to accept it Mr. Hunt, is to master the meaning and writing of 2,042 “Standard Use Kanji” (常用漢字・じょうようかんじ) in 90 days. This feat normally takes the Japanese themselves all the way through the end of junior high school, and most non-native learners of Japanese never make it even after years of study.But worry not! Armed with the right psychology and … [ Read more ]

  19. JLPT Level N5 Kanji
    Sample sentences covering the JLPT N5 level kanji.

  20. JLPT Level N4 Kanji
    Sample sentences covering the JLPT N4 level kanji.