rikaichan | polarcloud.com About Rikaichan is a popup Japanese-English/German/French/Russian dictionary tool for Firefox, Thunderbird and Seamonkey. Features Simple to use, just hover the mouse on top of a Japanese word. Automatically de-inflects verbs and adjectives. Rikaichan 2.09 Rikaichan 2.08 Rikaichan 2.07 Installing in Thunderbird? Dictionary Files(install one or more) Japanese - Dutch Japanese - English (recommended) Japanese - French Japanese - German Japanese - Russian Japanese Names (recommended) More... More... Importing Entries The following is a very basic tool that will allow you to append an EDICT-like formatted file to an existing dictionary. rcxmerge_0_04.xpi To start, click Tools, then RCX Merge. Thank you! Todd Rudick, James William Breen, Electronic Dictionary Research & Development Group, Michael Raine, Josh Glover, Zork Zero, and other contributors -- Thank you for making Rikaichan possible!
Jim Breen's Japanese Page Introduction Welcome to my Japanese Page. As many readers of this page will know, I have an on-going interest in Japan, its people and language. This has led to a number of activities bringing together Japanese and my professional activities in computing and telecommunications. In The News These pages were mentioned in an article in the Asahi Evening News, by Andrew Horvat, whose pages have a link below. Contact and Links Feel free to email me at: email@example.com about the various Japanese projects described on this page. Most of this page is made up of links to some interesting Web sites relating to Japan and Japanese information. Some of the links are dead; I am may try to re-establish them, but in the meantime I have marked them with a (thumbs-down.)
10 Things I Wish I Knew About Japanese Learning When I Was First Starting Out | Tofugu When it comes to Japanese, I still have a long ways to go and a lot to learn. But, I’ve had lots of time to learn about learning, make mistakes, and apply plenty of learning theories of my own. Looking back now to when I was a wee lil’ lad, so naive and innocent (and incredibly good looking), I’ve come up with a list of ten things I really wish I had known during the days of my youth (and did I mention incredible good-looking-ness-ness?) 10. Memorization is the focus of most Japanese classes. Try learning five different things at the same time (as in, one right after another). So, the next time you catch yourself trying to memorize something, remember recall that what you really need to do is practice recalling these things, because that’s what will help you out in the long run. 9. You're only as strong as your weakest point Nobody likes to do things they aren’t good at, but that’s what separates the pros from the not-really-good-at-anything people. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. They’re liars! 3. 2.
Jim's Japanese Grammar Summary Introduction This summary of some basic Japanese grammar has been derived from the Japanese grammar text books that were used at Swinburne University when I was studying Japanese there in the 1980s. I copied these points into a small notebook to use as revision while travelling, etc.. I have decided to key them in and make them available as a WWW page which can supplement Keith Smillie's introduction to Japanese grammar. The summary starts with the assumption that the reader knows the basic sentence structure, etc. Note that the nomenclature of the Swinburne course is retained, so you need to be aware that "adjectival nouns" are 形容動詞, i.e. what some people call "quasi-adjectives", "na-adjectives" or "prenominal adjectives". There is an appendix of the main verb inflections. Jim Breen, February 2001. A differs from B A は／が B と違う （ちがう） example: 東京はメルボルンと違います。 Location で verb example: 駅で田中さんを見ました。 で also example: 毎日車で会社に行きます。 Note: You can add は or も to で in both of the above.) Verb in ましょう form
Links for Studying Japanese Online There are so many resources on the Internet for studying Japanese! These are the best ones I've found so far, and I hope you find something helpful in this list. Some quick notes first: Everything listed here is free to use unless otherwise noted. Links in bold are are highly recommended. Real-Time Online Lessons JOI (Japanese Online Institution) - An online school offering affordable real-time online lessons focusing on speaking, listening, reading, and grammar. Software JWPce - Japanese word processor for Windows. Web-based Language Tools rikaichan - A Firefox add-on that gives you mouseover popups for Japanese words. Textbooks Genki - A good textbook for introductory students. Reference Books A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar (.jp) - A great book for grammar. Study Books Note: These books are in Japanese only, and only available on order from Japan (as far as I know). 完全マスター2級 日本語能力試験文法問題対策 - JLPT level 2 grammar study book affectionately known to me as 完全マスター. Grammar Vocabulary Kana
Kunyomi or Onyomi kanji reading You can't really be 100% sure, but lately I do guess right of most of the time with characters I know well. When you look them up afterwards, it helps you remember them very easily if you guessed them right. If you think about looking up a difficult English word, it's not always easy to know how to pronounce it (which parts are stressed in particular) just by reading it, so it's not just Japanese that's tricky like that. I think teaching yourself kanji like that will create a lot of headaches later down the line. A lot of difficult characters contain radicals that are characters themselves. There are a couple of textbooks that structure a kanji-learning course around this concept. It ignores how to read the characters completely, for reasons that we've explained already: the best way to learn to read... is to read. As for the confidence issue, I'd like to meet somebody who was confident about learning kanji.
Examples of Japanese Onomatopoeia From longtime reader K (who also contributed the awesome screenshots that made up the Goldmine of Engrish), I’ve received a huge list of Japanese Onomatopoeic words and their corresponding meanings. Whether or not you’re into Japanese, it’s very interesting to see how sounds change between languages, and what two languages are further apart than English and Japanese? For example, frogs say “gero gero” instead of “ribbit”, and dogs bark “wan wan”. These words all come from indexes in the back of the English translation of an old manga (Japanese comic book) from the nineties, called “Fushigi Yuugi” (“Mysterious Play”). At K’s insistence, I’ve watched a couple episodes of the anime, and it’s pretty good Japanese practice because the characters seem to speak pretty rapidly, it feels really good hearing them rattle off a long sentence and understanding exactly what it means. Here are the words, arranged into alphabetical order!!
100 top resources to learn Japanese We find ourselves often giving recommendations of products to learn Japanese with, and we thought it’d be useful to compile a list for your reference. We have included a number of our own products, only where we are convinced that they are deserving of their place in the list, and we have included paid and free study resources without discrimination. The list is broken up by category and each item is clearly marked as to what JLPT level it targets. Everything on this list deserves your attention, but resources we're particularly fond of, the kind we'd use ourselves, are additionally marked with a little star. Japanese textbooks Our very own textbook. Probably the most popular Japanese textbook, published by The Japan Times, is well worth its reputation. You can think of this textbook as Genki III. Another good intermediate-advanced textbook. Our free 14-day hiragana & katakana course. As long as you get the kana-version, this can be a pretty good textbook. Reviewing vocabulary & kanji Print
Japanese Log (Language Learning Log I've only been studying Japanese for less than a month, so hopefully participating in this challenging will give me a huge kickstart to learning this notoriously difficult language. I don't know if I will be able to continue for the entire 3 month period, but I'm committed to participating for at least 2 months. So far I've been using the Power Japanese software from Transparent Language along with Pimsleur I, which I've been using passively. Other ways I incorporate Japanese into my life are by watching subtitled anime and trying to read manga in their original language. As for goals, I think I'd like to finish watching all 52 episodes of Let's Learn Japanese, finish up Power Japanese and Pimsleur I, and hopefully get through the entire passive wave of at least the first Assimil volume.
日本語資源 - Nihongoresources.com The free online lessons Can't stress they're free enough. These lessons are geared towards the serious learner, there is no cutting corners here. The online lessons teach you Japanese the way it's taught in universities, only for free. The site is still in its migratory phase, so not all of the lessons have been ported yet, I will get them online and up to date as soon as possible; for now only lessons 0 through 3 are back up. You need to know the kana if you want to take these lessons, if you don't then head over to lesson 0, which teaches you how to read/write the kana characters. You're going to get as much out of these lessons as you put in, so I recommend not just sitting there and reading, write along with it and get that learn on! - Pomax
Resources | Gakuu - Learn Real Japanese Here you can find the best resources for how to learn Japanese! This is a specially compiled page of links with an emphasis on unique learning materials, websites and applications, the majority of which are entirely free. Use them together with Gakuu’s material to enhance your learning experience. Have suggestions or notice any broken links? .:: Contents ::. Icon Level Guide: Green = Beginner. Amber = Intermediate. Red = Advanced. Dictionaries Jisho.org – A cleaner version of Jim Breen’s JDIC. Jim Breen’s JDIC – Great for text glossing large chunks of information. Yamasa Kanji Dictionary – Search for kanji online. Yahoo Dictionary – Can search Daijisen and Daijirin dictionaries (requires Yahoo! RNN News Current Events Dictionary – Useful expressions from hot topics in the news. Onomatopoeic/Mimetic Word Dictionary – Lookup difficult onomatopoeic expressions. ‘Mihongo’ Visual Dictionary – Search for tricky words and learn their meaning by pictures! Kotowaza – Search for proverbs and sayings. Grammar