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Why was this question tagged as off-topic?

What is the first Kanji in this image? Questions asking for translations, transcriptions or proofreading are off-topic unless prior research effort is clearly indicated; we're here to help you learn, ...
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Microsoft IME switches to direct input when focusing on the search bar in Chrome?

I don't remember it doing that before. Even if I do have it in kana, when I try to type into the browser it goes back to romaji. Was it always like this and I just imagined it not being like this? Or ...
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Explicit rule about including source material or references

The rule that should exist but does not The Japanese Language Stack Exchange (JLSE) platform has existed for over a decade now, and while the current set of rules covers the basic guidelines of the ...
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Why does JMDict not have an entry for 作り込む?

JMDict has 219 entries ending in 込む (including 突っ込む and 落ち込む and 乗り込む), but none for 作り込む. "作り込む" has definitions in Weblio, Goo, and an English translation on Weblio. It's a single morpheme ...
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Tools for diagramming sentences and generating images or markdown?

I've often wanted to diagram Japanese sentences to better illustrate how the different parts fit together. With our current markdown setup, this is difficult at best. I dimly recall having seen posts ...
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I can't write "二時” using Windows IME

If I input "niji" the option just doesn't show up. I added it as a custom word in the IME dictionary, but it still doesn't show up. I have to write "futaji" to get "二時". ...
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Best online kanji dictionary/software which shows the stroke order and names the strokes?

There are plenty of dictionaries that show the stroke order of kanji but don't go into detail on the kind of stroke. Just to confirm what I mean by ''kind of stroke''. The kanji for mouth is 口. It is ...
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Where to find simple example sentences

Does anyone know any website or corpus (apart from jisho.org, weblio, reverso context or glosbe) where for a given word I can get lots of simple sentences with that word? There are many times that ...
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Deciding between particle reference material

I am looking at two books on particles to get as reference material. I wanted to hear the opinions of those who used these, especially if you have used both of them. All About Particles A Dictionary ...
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Kanji Kentei - Vocabulary requirements for each level

I'm thinking of sitting any of the Kanji Kentei levels, but I'm not so sure what level I should take. Is there any list or at least estimation available of what amount of vocabulary (and what words) ...
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Any suggestion for improving listening skills in Japanese? Any recommended YouTube channels?

I was wondering if you have any awesome channels you can recommend. I have been wanting to improve my listening comprehension and it's been difficult :(
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How do you figure out the pronunciation of unknown characters without copying and pasting, on a computer?

With Chinese there is an awesome keyboard setting on iOS where you can draw a character, so if you see one you don’t know you just draw it into a dictionary to identify it. Obviously you can just copy ...
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How to type number in Japanese (Chinese number not Arabic number)

How to type Chinese numbers like 九 (for number 9), 二十 (for number 20) on computer keyboard?
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Asking an existing question

If I want to ask an already existing and answered question, since there is something I'm not clear about in the answer, what's the best way? Just to comment (but I noticed the question isn't brought ...
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How can one input 圏点 (emphasis marks)?

I understand that 圏点【けんてん】 are not very often used in Japanese writing as much as italics are used in English, but how do you add 圏点【けんてん】 using an English keyboard?
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Typing in radicals in Japanese

I've googled this and searched on quite a few websites but no luck. I've read replies here about this but it didn't work for me or didn't provide the information I'm looking for. Please read carefully ...
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Unilateral question closure

It appears that some users who are not moderators have the power to close questions by themselves. I'm not complaining; the closures are always reasonable. I'm just curious as to how this comes about.
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META - is there a sticky or list of rules for questions on this site?

Japanese is such a highly context-dependent language that questions about the meanings of single sentences out of context are very difficult to answer, not just because the answerer has to do a lot of ...
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Looking for an assisted reading/translation program or some other kind of aid

I am trying to read a novel in Japanese, now i have never done this before. I am fairly good with kanji and can get by with most manga as long as there isn't too many because of the pictures help lead ...
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How to type を on QWERTY JIS keyboard?

I purchased a Japanese keyboard (QWERTY JIS) from a thrift shop in Sendai. I am eager to learn how to type quickly with it, but I cannot find the を key on the keyboard. Where am I looking it over?
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NX/known-kanji-only words match site or app?

I wish to make a deck in anki or play around with certain vocabulary, but I want to separate it from new kanji learning. So the idea is to take for example N5 kanji, and make a list of matches, i.e. ...
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Why did the CSS colour for quotations change?

It used to be a yellow background that easily stands out. Now it looks like this. IMO, it doesn't stand out at all. There's not even a background colour, and the left side grey border is easy to ...
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Any option to disable 振仮名?

I was trying to clip some good answers to my notebook application. The problem is the 振仮名 will be copied together with the 漢字. The original text: When pasted onto the notebook application:
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Specific kanji not showing up as suggestions on Windows IME

I am learning Japanese mostly through Duolingo and in a lesson on clothing, I learned the word 履き{はき} for 'to wear' (something below the waist). An example sentence would be: 彼{かれ}は靴{くつ}を履き{はき}ます。 (...
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Kana input doesn't work on Microsoft or Google IME

Romaji input works just fine, but I've been trying to switch to kana input recently. When I turn the "use kana input" switch on in Metro settings on Windows 10, and then try typing, it gives me this: ...
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Online resource for querying kanji etymology?

I've been learning Japanese for over a year, and it seems very clear to me that the etymology of a kanji is a fantastic way to remember it. That's why I've been making extensive use of genetickanji....
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Is there a list of Japanese radicals, with ALL of their possible alternative writing of them?

it's easy to find lists of the radicals, eg. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_kanji_radicals_by_frequency#Table_of_kanji_radicals However, many radicals have a lot more than one way of being ...
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Friendly users for new Kana learning iOS application

I am looking for friendly users to give feedback for a new application to learn Hiragana and Katakana. Where can I find this kind of users best? I'm not sure I'm supposed to be placing such questions ...
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Possible search engine bug? Or lack of understanding on my part?

If I put in the search term "なればなるほど" I get one result. If I use a subset of this term ("なればなる") I get zero results. Note the double quotes around the search term. This leads me to think that there ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Has anyone found a good API to use to get programmatic definitions of words?

I'm looking for some sort of API where I can POST words I'm interested in and get back responses (ideally in JSON). I'm essentially looking for the Japanese-Japanese version of Jisho.org's fantastic ...
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What exactly is the EPWING format and how useful is it to a Japanese language learner?

I came across the EPWING format when I was installing Yomichan. This is an explanation of the format. I understand the definition but I couldn't find examples of the formatting style so I'm not quite ...
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Resource for finding the formality of a word

We often have questions about what is the difference between word X and word Y. Quite often this difference is just formality, for example you would only use word X in a formal business situation or ...
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Reduce close/reopen vote thresholds to 3?

Shortly after posting Is it possible to reduce the number of close votes needed for certain types of close reasons?, I discovered that Stack Overflow and other SE sites are testing moving to a 3-vote ...
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Is Romajidesu reliable with translations?

My dad loves anime, so he tried to learn Japanese when I was very young. I wanted to be included despite being under 10 years old (can't remember my exact age), so he tried to have us learn together. ...
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Is it possible to reduce the number of close votes needed for certain types of close reasons?

I find that it sometimes takes a while to get some questions which are off-topic closed. In particular, translation questions are almost always very obviously, objectively off-topic, and there seems ...
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Is markdown ruby available only on Japanese SE or is it available all across Stack Overflow?

In response to this question, Is there any difference between 旅行者 and 旅人?, the answerer used ruby for the two pertinent words. I was delightfully surprised to find it's accomplished with simple, self-...
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How can I transform the double-character が into the single-character が?

These two characters are different: が and が. The first one is actually two characters. If I try to delete it with backspace, it will first delete the dakuten, leaving behind the か。I need to press ...
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How can a foreigner master onomatopoeia?

I know that nowadays there are some databases like the one on The Jaded Network but they are far from being complete. Also, what were manga translators doing before these sites appeared, like where ...
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How to type small hiragana/katakana, general 'keyboard tips'

I recently picked up japanese and I struggle with the japanese typesetting. I can swith the keyboard from japanese to english, and I am new to that. How can I type a small つ for example? Or how can ...
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How to find/ look up kanji?

I have been casually learning Japanese for a year now. I have no real reason to learn the language, so I'll get burned out if I try too hard. For this reason I primarily just learn to consume Japanese ...
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Type 深圳 in Japanese in PC/MacOS

I want to type 深圳(しんせん) in Japanese. In Windows (win7) and MacOS (10.15), when I type しんせん, there's no option for 深圳. While in iOS (iOS13), there exists the option 深圳.
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風:かぜ vs. フウ reading

I'm trying to use Japanese language tokenizers like mecab, kakasi, kuromoji (the ipadic variant) to help me read Japanese texts. When they segment sentences that contain an isolated 風 like in the ...
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What is the best way to remember verb forms?

I have a question about my Japanese Language Stack Exchange post: What is the best way to remember verb forms? Do we need to remember the pattern for conjugation depending on the groups - godan, ...
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Good sources to learn new words for animation?

One thing I'm hoping to become able to do is to understand Japanese animation, but the one thing I lack right now is vocabulary: I know some thousands words, but in each and every show (or books) I ...
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What can I do to improve my listening comprehension for JLPT N3?

I'm studying for the JLPT N3 of December 2019.Everyday I learn 30 new words through flashcards and review past flashcards using anki, and when I read I don't have much trouble understanding the ...
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Enhancing Emacs software to properly transliterate “wa/ha” and “wo/o”

I work on Linux, and I use Emacs' "international" and "leim" packages to transliterate romaji to hiragana. I understand how I need to type "ha" when I want the particle "wa" ( は ) and that I need to ...
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Why do we have the resources tag on the main site?

One of our more disgruntled users asks a very good question. Why do we have the resources tag on the main site when questions asking for learning resources are off topic? Should we remove this tag to ...
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I need a good resource for looking up particles

I have memorize a lot of verbs like at least both Genki books worth and then some. My problem is i don't understand how particles work at all, i have read dozen of articles asked multiple teacher for ...

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