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Japanese resources

Postby reineke » Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:40 pm


50 Languages https://www.50languages.com



Let's Learn Japanese


JGram: The Japanese Grammar Database http://www.jgram.org/index.php
Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/

Grundkurs der modernen japanischen Sprache

Visualising Japanese grammar



Japanese Audiobooks with Transcripts (sheetz)

Storyteller http://storytellerbook.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/cat3097904/index.html

Japanese Classical Literature Audiobooks


https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ ... at+Bedtime


Aozora http://www.aozora.gr.jp/
Japanese Text Initiative http://jti.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/


NHK Easy Japanese

Hablemos en japonés

Le japonais en douceur"


Classical Japanese



SRS & language tools

Japanese Text Analysis Tool
Generate frequency and readability reports from Japanese texts.

Japanese Text Analysis Tool allows users to generate 4 kinds of reports:
1) Word Frequency Report
2) Kanji Frequency Report
3) Formula-based Readability Report
4) User-based Readability Report

You may analyze a single text file or an entire directory of text
files (including sub-directories).

https://sourceforge.net/projects/japane ... Tool_v5.0/


Sanseido Japanese dictionary http://www.sanseido.net/
Rikai popup dictionary http://www.rikai.com/perl/Home.pl
Pera Pera language tools http://www.perapera.org/
Tatoeba is a collection of sentences and translations. It's collaborative, open, free:

Other links

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChBBWt ... LSOh_aPt2Q
https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanes ... -resources
koohii forum learning resources http://forum.koohii.com/forum-9.html
Jim Breen's Japanese Page http://nihongo.monash.edu/japanese.html
Japanese link collection (2012) http://pastebin.com/Nc3VDm95
Yookoso https://www.yookoso.com
Bienvenidos a Japoneando, tus clases de japonés en vídeo.
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Re: Japanese resources

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Re: Japanese resources

Postby Aozora » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:32 pm

If you don't mind, I'll add some resources


Web novels
Articles on various subjects
Articles centered around popular/nerd media
Yahoo Kids
News in Slow Japanese
Aozora bunko with category search (example "short works" for "youth")

J-E Dictionary (often has sentence examples)
J-J Dictionary

Sentence example database
Copy+paste text to get a JLPT vocab or kanji frequency breakdown, or dictionary look-up for all words


JLPT based learning videos
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVx6RF ... fAsD2zz16w
Radio dramas
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCACeOY ... J6g/videos
Horror stories
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwQANe ... CB_nT7o_wA
Audiobooks (try Aozora bunko for the text versions)
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Re: Japanese resources

Postby reineke » Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:53 pm

Crystallize is an immersive Japanese language learning game. Collect words in context, use those words to chat with NPCs and build your new life in Japan.


Katakana game
http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/proje ... timer.html
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Re: Japanese resources

Postby aokoye » Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:54 pm

Renshuu: I've talked about this a few times elsewhere but it's essentially a flashcard website devoted to Japanese. It is well maintained and has a very wide range of ways in which to study (including SRS). There's also audio for most of the words in the database. There are free and pro versions (the free version is still very robust). It's also very easy to import and export list of words.

Wanikani: They're a paid kanji and vocab learning website that uses SRS and incorporates mnemonics. It was developed by the same people behind Tofugu. There are a number of reviews online and from what I remember you can try the first of 60 levels for free.

Skritter: This is a website/app aimed squarely at learning kanji and hanzi and is different than other websites in that it relies on you actually writing the characters (if you're using it for Chinese it will also test you on the tones of a word). The easiest way to do this is probably by getting a drawing tablet and connecting it to your computer. Alternatively I found using the iOS and Android with a stylus effective. You can also just use your trackpad or a mouse if you're using a desktop or laptop. It is paid but when I was studying Japanese in a more serious way I found it exceedingly useful. Like Renshuu, it's very easy to import and export lists of words.

Textbook sorts of things:
Erin's Challenge
Exercises for Genki (books 1 and 2) from Lyon College
JPLANG: This basically a textbook - it's been around for ages.
My Kikitori: This is a listening supplement developed specifically to align with the first Genki textbook.
A comparison of different textbooks
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Re: Japanese resources

Postby Sayonaroo » Sun May 07, 2017 11:57 pm


cb's ocr manga reader

remember the kanji

you could also use this program to generate the audio files so you can listen to a whole episode without all the non-talking parts.

Japanese tv closed captioning transcription? site
It updates with the text of the closed captioning for tv shows but it deletes stuff after a week so you gotta save the html for your tv show and check every week. for example I use this for アメトーク、しゃべくり、ロンドンハーツ、ホンマでっか... and more

also google tv show with 動画 to find a link to watch the show but like this transcription you gotta download the video otherwise it may not exist the next time you visit the site.
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Re: Japanese resources

Postby reineke » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:37 pm

Comparison of Japanese Textbooks
http://rtkwiki.koohii.com/wiki/Comparis ... ooks_Table

Self-study Room offers a variety of online materials to support your learning with Genki textbooks.

New! *******
Video Collection of GENKI Sentence Patterns
This new tool offers 132 short video skits that present the sentence patterns studied in GENKI, covering one pattern per skit.



Marugoto is not only for studying in class. E-learning is also supported, so that study in class can be linked to study outside class. On the website you can do self-study by checking the meaning of vocabulary using MARUGOTO Words (MARUGOTO-NO-KOTOBA), and by watching video using MARUGOTO +

Marugoto Words is available in English, Spanish, Indonesian and Thai.


MARUGOTO+ (MARUGOTO Plus) is a website where users can learn about Japanese language and culture based on the contents of the "MARUGOTO: Japanese Language and Culture", the official coursebook of the Japan Foundation

Japanese From Zero
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Re: Japanese resources

Postby reineke » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:52 am

"The Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese" (BCCWJ) is a corpus created for the purpose of attempting to grasp the breadth of contemporary written Japanese, containing extensive samples of modern Japanese texts in order to create as uniquely balanced a corpus as possible. The data is comprised of 104.3 million words, covering genres such as general books and magazines, newspapers, business reports, blogs, internet forums, textbooks, and legal documents among others.

http://pj.ninjal.ac.jp/corpus_center/bc ... -list.html

The Online Japanese Accent Database
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Re: Japanese resources

Postby reineke » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:04 pm

How many words do you know?

"Test your receptive and productive vocabulary in different languages.

The vocabulary tests aim to assess participants' vocabulary knowledge on levels of 1000 words each. These levels are based on high-frequency vocabulary lists. The 5000 most frequent words of German, English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, and American English can be tested. The results indicate the corresponding reading levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

What percentage of the 5000 most frequent words have you mastered?"


Practice tests
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Re: Japanese resources

Postby reineke » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:26 pm

The Japanese Language NAT-TEST is an examination that measures the Japanese language ability of students who are not native Japanese speakers. The tests are separated by difficulty (five levels) and general ability is measured in three categories: Grammar/Vocabulary, Listening and Reading Comprehension. The format of the exam and the types of questions are equivalent to those that appear on the Japanese Language Ability Test (JLPT).

Comparing the NAT-TEST and the JLPT

Number of Vocabulary

Level 5: Approx. 1000 words
Level 4: Approx. 2000 words
Level 3: Approx. 4000 words
Level 2: Approx. 6000 words
Level 1: Approx. 10000 words
* For a detailed list of 10,172 vocabulary words separated by level, please see the "1万語彙集" textbook, published by Senmon Kyouiku Publishing Co., Ltd.
JLPT Not publicly disclosed by The Japan Foundation

Number of Kanji

Level 5: 102 characters
Level 4: 428 characters
Level 3: 700 characters
Level 2: 1338 characters
Level 1: 1864 characters

Hours of Study
Level 5: 200 hours
Level 4: 400 hours
Level 3: 600 hours
Level 2: 800 hours
Level 1: 1000 hours
JLPT Not publicly disclosed by The Japan Foundation

Exam Format
Levels 1 and 2:
1) Language Knowledge (reading, vocabulary, grammar), Reading Comprehension [120 points]
2)Listening Comprehension [60 points]
Levels 3, 4 and 5;
1)Language Knowledge (reading, vocabulary) [60 points]
2)Language Knowledge (grammar) [60 points]
3)Listening Comprehension [60 points]
JLPT Same as above

Exam Pass Criteria
1) Scoring more than 25% on each individual section and 2) Achieving an overall score that exceeds the passing score for the exam (typically around 60%).
JLPT The Japan Foundation announces the pass criteria for each specific exam.


Comparison of the old and new JLPT

Level 1

"The examinee has mastered grammar to a high level, knows around 2,000 kanji and 10,000 words, and has an integrated command of the language sufficient for life in Japanese society. This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 900 hours."

Level 2

The examinee has mastered grammar to a relatively high level, knows around 1,000 kanji and 6,000 words, and has the ability to converse, read, and write about matters of a general nature. This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 600 hours and after completion of an intermediate course.



The CEFR and teaching Japanese as a foreign language

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) was developed in a European context, but it has had some direct and indirect influences on teaching Japanese in Japan and worldwide. The first part of this article reviews the reception and applications of the CEFR by Japanese linguists, language-education specialists, and institutions. In the 1990s, and at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as the CEFR was being developed and implemented in Europe, standards and guidelines for teaching and testing Japanese as a second language underwent extensive revisions, that were partly influenced by the CEFR. The second part of the article analyses the present state of teaching Japanese in Slovenia, in relation to CEFR. This analysis reveals some specific characteristics of Japanese as a language and Japanese education in Europe, which partly confirm the critical stance introduced in the previous section.

Content and Goals of Japanese Courses at UL

BA3 (B2 - CEFR)- Ca. 810 "Student contact hours" years 1 - 3
Undergraduates in the Japanese studies track, 3rd year

"Reading and writing longer texts,
conversation in different politeness levels,
honorific language, intermediate vocabulary
(ca. 4,000 words), ca. 800 Chinese
characters. Textbooks: Minna no nihongo
chûkyû (3A Network 2008), Tobira (Oka et
al. 2009, chapters 1–5), Kanji, goi ga yowai
anata e (Adachi et al. 2002)."

https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/linguistica ... /view/2619
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