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JLPT N4 - Actual required Vocabulary, Kanji and Grammar

There are tons of study materials in book stores, in the Web and available as Apps, that claim to cater for the JLPT N4 test, but is there any reliable source for what is really required for N4 (or N3-...
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How to produce づ? [duplicate]

I'm kind of embarrassed to have to ask this, but I honestly can't figure it out. How do you produce づ with your keyboard? I was studying some kanji when the word 手作り came up. Since I didn't really ...
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How to approach Japanese Graded Readers?

I am an absolute beginner. Only level 2 on Wanikani and I've gone through a couple of chapters in Genki. I would like to read something in Japanese and Japanese Graded Readers are famously good ...
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How to switch between full and half-width input for Windows 10 Japanese IME?

How to switch between full and half-width input for Windows 10 Japanese IME?
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Appealing a question put on hold on the basis of similar questions

I will accept the outcome of the decision, so there's no need to be rude, hopefully. I just find this question to be generally useful to Japanese learners, as I've spoken with countless people who ...
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Looking for a resource that can filter japanese sentences given a set of kanji

I'm trying to get as much in-context kanji exposure as possible. But since I know only around 200 kanji, everytime I try to practice reading it on real sentences I basically don't understand 99% of ...
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How do I search a corpus for words with a specific suffix?

I am trying to search BCCWJ for words which contain the suffix ~面 (づら). An example of the type of word I am looking for is 先輩面 (せんぱいづら). I tried using *面 but it doesn't seem to be correct. And if ...
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Discussion on whether translation requests involving edited machine translation are off-topic

In a recent post where I posted an answer, another user was saying how posts where someone had used a translation program and then edited the result themselves were off-topic. I understand that we ...
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If there is a public domain list of Japanese words for free download

Wondering if there is a list of Japanese words for free download (i.e. public domain, not creative commons). Perhaps it is in the form of a: Dictionary Word frequency list Corpus annotation ...
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How can I calculate what % of a text are place names / people names?

I am interested in doing a calculation of any piece of Japanese text to find an average number of words/kanji which are proper nouns, ie names of people or places. I assume this is a possible function ...
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Is this a new trend in using furigana?

In the highlighted text attached, the furigana are written after the word and not in brackets as usual. Is this a recent trend that is becoming popular or is it just that the particular site doesn't ...
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Can we do something about non-constructive downvoting?

I noticed this several times: someone posts an answer and gets downvoted pretty quickly without any comments about what is wrong with it. This is pretty disheartening, especially for new contributors ...
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How is everyone typing in their Japanese?

I wanted to know how everyone is typing in their Japanese whenever asking their questions? I know this is a beginner question but I can’t figure out how everyone is doing it? I thought about using ...
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Are there any tools that enable me to convert sentences to Furigana?

I'm looking for some tool that can help me but I don't know if this exists. What I would like to do is to be able to convert the output of for example Google translate to a sentence that contains the ...
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How can I accurately estimate how many kanji I know?

I'm an advanced learner so I already know all the Joyo kanji and maybe around half of the Jinmeiyo kanji. I also think I know several hundred others beyond that. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a ...
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Level of NHK Web Easy

To what JLPT (or CEFRL) level do NHK Web Easy articles correspond?
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My method of learning isn't work well enough, please help!

I've been learning japanese using a site/course that's really helped me out called iknow.jp. It trains you on words and sentences. The idea I had is that before I start to try to talk to people I try ...
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The best reason to close “primarily based on guesswork” questions

Recently, two questions were closed for different reasons: Being addressed as “Anata” by a Japanese male friend (closed as "primarily opinion-based") Tsunetero from tsundere (closed as "unclear what ...
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Translating scientific literature

My goal in learning Japanese is to translate scientific literature either way into Japanese or English, especially in the realm of immunology, behavioral biology, and natural sciences. Does anyone ...
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Which Japanese fonts are aesthetically pleasing to you?

I understand that this question is highly subjective, but I find that I have a few 'go-to' Japanese fonts which I really like the look of. I find others horrible to look at (Mincho fonts in particular)...
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What are the tools used for typing Japanese?

I am new to Japanese. I wanted to know what are the tools used for typing Japanese (specifically desktop typing, not mobile). Phonetic tools are always available to type languages, but are there any ...
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How to write ッ on keyboard

Some small Katakana use "x" followed by "i", "u", "e", etc. which makes characters such as "ィ", "ゥ", "ェ". Typing "xx" will make "ッx", and if you follow that up with "i", "u", "e", etc., you get "ッィ", ...
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Inconsistency in tag name: [obsolete-kana] is not the same as [歴史的仮名遣]

The tag obsolete-kana was added to Orthography at the turn of the previous century for kana that are not 'obsolete' but used in a way which is. So this qualifies as 歴史的仮名遣 but not as obsolete-kana. ...
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Adding a tag for grammatical vocabulary?

In What is a 修飾語? Is it a modifier? there is a question about what a Japanese grammatical word means. I could find no tag for this -- something like [grammatical-terms]. It cannot be so rare to bump ...
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What's the best place for natural example sentences?

I am looking for the best website or resource for searching for natural sample sentences for any given Japanese word. There are a lot of online dictionaries these days, but sometimes the examples are ...
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Proposed new tag: 'statistics'

I am thinking of a tag for questions about 'how many...', where the answer is (in part) an objective number. For instance: How many unique on'yomi are there? Which kanji has the greatest number of ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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2018: 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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Japanese thick old book

I am looking to find out something about this book. I have no idea about it's age. Seems pretty old. This page is the first page of the book. It has a few colored illustrations and a few black and ...
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How to type 三人 etc. with IME?

一人 & 二人 are trivial to type with the (Windows) IME keyboard, but I can't get it to do 三人 through to 十人 just from typing the romaji (sanri etc.). It comes up with 三里 by default, with no option to ...
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Going back to the old layout

I logged on to the site today to find the old layout replaced by a much uglier one. Is there any way to go back to the old one - and if not, are they considering implementing an option?
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Resources for searching Japanese Corpora

I am trying to put together a list of useful links and resources for people who want to search various Japanese corpora. In my experience, some of the websites and interfaces are less than ideal, in ...
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Is there a thing that reads out loud Japanese and highlights each syllable?

I have a weird way of learning things. In order to learn Japanese, I need a program - an app or website or something - that reads Japanese out loud and for each syllable that is read, it lights up the ...
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Japanese updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Japanese Language's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Is it possible to use different Japanese fonts on Stack Exchange?

As far as I can tell, the default Japanese font on Stack Exchange is some kind of Mincho font. Is there a way to use other fonts such as Meiryo or Kyokasho fonts?
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Trivial answers in comment box

We are often told not to use the comment box for answers, but sometimes this seems like the obvious thing to do. Here's the example that prompted me to ask this question. Edit: someone supplied an ...
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Is “having trouble with this sentence” a good title?

I notice this title or similar variations quite often. Maybe nothing wrong with it, but shouldn't the asker try to be more specific? Keeping it so generic might make the use of the search function ...
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Handwritten instead of printed

I'm having a hard time understanding hand-written Japanese. I don't mean just elaborate calligraphy, but also normal stuff. Also writing natural looking Japanese is a problem. Although I could ask ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Recognising kanji compounds by ear

Do you have any advice on how to master recognizing kanji compounds when listening to real Japanese? To give you an example, when I was listening to Japanese news I came across the compound 9車種. It ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Japanese Language Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, October 29th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for ...
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Japanese books that teach Japanese?

After I finish learning the Japanese From Zero series, I would like to learn Japanese from Japanese sources such as what a Japanese school/college student would study from. I would like these books to ...
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Since social context is very important to Japanese, shouldn't moderators be less desperate to remove social context?

Social context affects a lot in Japanese- there is a multiple levels of politeness modifiers, there is all sorts of language that you would use at home but elsewhere. Some very rude stuff is actually ...
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What's a good place to recruit japanese language learners?

This wasn't appropriate for the main site, and may not be appropriate here. Just wondering if there's someplace on this site, or another site, that might be good for recruiting some fresh blood into ...
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Downloadable Japanese Dictionary

Wondering if there is a downloadable dictionary of the data for words and their translation/pronunciation, or at least a list similar to HanziDB. Not looking for a PDF dictionary, but something that ...
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If there is a version of Kojiki in Japanese kana online

Wondering if there is a Japanese kana version of Kojiki online, perhaps with inline translations.
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NHK Slightly Harder News

I think I've finally reached the stage where NHK Easy News is easy (mostly). Filled with confidence in my now truly awesome Japanese skills I thought it was time to read the adult news. Big mistake. ...
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What can you do when nobody can answer your question?

On the 22nd of August, I asked this question. But no one's answered yet, and the system keeps on telling me to tae breathers and edit my questions in the meantime in spite of my 3 other questions ...