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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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Can I request Google translations to be improved and corrected?

I'm aware that translations without prior research effort are forbidden. But nobody in my family speaks fluent Japanese, and so the best that I can do is Google Translate. Can this be reopened please?...
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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 ...
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Are we using tags effectively?

I asked a question about the use of 以外 recently and tried to create a new tag "particle-igai". It was rightly removed because 以外 is not a particle, but it got me thinking about how we use tags. Many ...
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Change keyboard shortcuts for Windows IME

IME uses keyboard shortcuts like Shift/Ctrl/Alt + Caps Lock to switch kana modes. Is there a way to change this for a keyboard that lacks the Caps Lock key?
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Why is my question locked here?

Why is my question すき ("suki") vs すきだ ("sukida") locked? Apparently, a user named snailboat has done this operation. Could someone explain why there was a dispute please? I ...
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Etiquette regarding adding links to quoted material

I often ask questions which quote a sentence from NHK news. I had decided that it wasn't worth adding a link to NHK articles since they would expire in a month's time anyway. I thought that the only ...
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Literature on pitch accent?

While it is easy to use a dictionary to determine a pitch accent of a particular, given word, I’ve been (at quite beginner’s level) yet unable to find any concise source discussing the general ...
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Free online resource for transcripts of 草双紙

草双紙 have gotten my interest recently however due to usage of 崩し字 and 旧字体 they are impossible to read. Are there free online resources available that have original scanned/photographed books alongside ...
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Isn't a tag “auxiliary verbs” or “jyodoushi” necessary?

I am surprised that a tag "auxiliary verbs" doesn't exist. It is called 助動詞 and is one of the ten word classes that are basically divided into. They are "れる、られる", "せる、させる", "た", "です", "ます" and so on. ...
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Are people really being notified of comments in answers, or they just don't want to answer them?

According to the Comment Privilege page, one of the reasons we should comment is "Request clarification from the author". So did I, two days ago, in my first question here. It's been two days since I ...
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What can we do to make new users more aware of what type of questions to (not) ask?

tl;dr - Is there a way to more easily direct users' attention to the How do I ask a good question? page? I feel like recently there's been a huge influx of crappy questions; usually translation ...
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How to input half-width characters with mozc-fcitx input method in LInux?

I asked this question in a few places but nobody replied. I'm not sure if Japanese SE is the right place to ask but I'll give it a try. In Linux I input Japanese with mozc-fcitx. However, I don't ...
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Can someone correct a URL?

On the page at Resources for learning Japanese the URL for the Kyoto/Melbourne n-gram corpus lookup is broken. The (new) correct URL is: http://nlp.cis.unimelb.edu.au/jwb/ngramcountswww.html I can't ...
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Should I delete this bad question by self or just put it as a negative example for everyone?

Should I delete this bad question by self or just put it as a negative example for everyone? What is meaning of "DA" in English version of Japanese manga?
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Inputting tilde with Direct Kana input

A few days ago, I’ve decided to switch from Romaji input to Direct Kana input on my computer (using windows IME). Didn’t take me long to get accustomed to it, and I’m liking it a lot. However, I ...
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How can I remove my account and all my posts from Japanese Language and not the rest of Stack Exchange?

I am absolutely disgusted with the community in the Japanese Language section. I have no interest in participating here anymore, and I don't even want my posts associated with this community. How can ...
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What is the badge icon of Japanese Language Stack Exchange?

When I looked the badge icon of Japanese Language Stack Exchange, the first image came to my mind is the Ancient Chinese Coins. What's it actually? So maybe change it to other more representative &...
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Can I type デュ without using the small letter modifier?

I can type デュ on OS X by typing in "d e x y u", but if I try using "d y u" instead, I get ヂュ. Is there any way to get デュ without having to type in five letters like "d e x y u"? Asked on meta because ...
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How do you use BCCWJ properly?

The Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese (link) is a useful resource but I realized recently that I was not using it correctly. The searches I did on it seemed to produce different results ...
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How do I chat with someone in the chat rooms?

How do I chat with someone in the chat rooms?
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Deletion of answers to off-topic questions

Last year I asked this question on meta about whether it's ok to answer off-topic questions. Today I saw this question from a new user which is clearly off-topic, but somebody had taken the trouble to ...