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連用形 from Tobira to be found in Try! or Shin Kanzen Master?

I have a question about my Japanese Language Stack Exchange post: 連用形 from Tobira to be found in Try! or Shin Kanzen Master?
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Should we aim for a consistent style for quoted text?

When someone posts a question containing a Japanese sentence that they have a specific problem with, my first instinct is to edit the question to put the text in a quote block (assuming the OP hasn't ...
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Resource which presents a kanji's lexemes by reading or by reading type

Is there a lexicographic resource that, for every kanji, presents a list of lexemes containing the given kanji (not necessarily in initial position) where the lexemes are ordered by the kanji's ...
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Where and how can I ask about complete lists?

I would like to ask experts a bunch of "list" questions. Generally I'm interested in the vocabulary of a well-educated native speaker of the present-day language. For example, I would like ...
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Is a question about how much the Japapenese Duolingo course can teach you on topic?

I want to ask a question about how much the Japanese Duolingo course can teach you (on average). I also want to know the maximum amount of knowledge the course can teach you, and what your knowledge ...
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How to input/type "ー" as in ローマ字 in OSX?

Tried many ways and searched on Google but I am unable to input the dash for long vowels in Japanese under OSX. I am using katakana input mode. Anyone knows how to do?
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Etiquette on deleting answers

I just wrote an answer that, on reflection, was misleading/wrong. I know the OP had seen the answer because they commented asking for further details. I then added a comment apologising and explaining ...
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JAPANESE LANGUAGE METAに7ページ目がありません?

いつの間にか JAPANESE LANGUAGE METAに迷い込んでしまった時のこと、ふと見ると7ページ目がありません。 なぜでしょうか? スクリーンショット https://ibb.co/F6Z0rPr
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Vertical alignment with furigana in title

While editing this question, I noticed that the ruby (or furigana) causes problems with vertical alignment when used in the title. It is okay that the ruby takes up some vertical space, but it should ...
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How to format citations from Japanese texts (author, title, &c.)

I'll post a few suggestions so that you can vote. Feel free to add your own suggestion. I've been thinking it would be nice to have establish some guideline how we should format quotations from ...
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Tag proposal: "particle-choice"

While browsing through the particles tag, I noticed there were a lot of comparisons, and that some of the questions were tagged word-choice, so I thought I might propose to add a "particle-choice" tag,...
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How can I solidify my kana knowledge?

I am very new at learning Japanese. I have done some Rosetta Stone, but my friends suggested to me that I try back my study up by reading "Japanese for Busy People 1, Kana version". The Kana version, ...
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Improving findability: searching for rōmaji versus kana

Discoverability is a problem for this site, and I want to discuss one particular problem that I think is specific to JLU: If you search for romanized Japanese on Google, you won't find results ...
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Is there offline Kanji handwriting software for PC?

I love the way of handwriting dictionary, especially for Kanji. Traditional way is very time consuming. This site provide good solution for my way. But I need Internet to run it http://kanji.sljfaq....
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Resources to check and correct/explain grammar in sentences

I still feel really novice in my Japanese, especially in regards to grammar and sentence structure, but I want to start piecing together the vocabulary I've learned into full sentences in the hope ...
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宿題らしき質問についてのこれからの方針

日本語 当提示板では明確に宿題である質問にたいする対処についての方針が曖昧な気がします。 例えば、この質問(誤字をさがしたら正しい漢字を書きなさい)は問題集などから写されたらしきものであり、コメント欄の@Leeboさんに同意したい所存ですが、過去にも"homework"というタグ(Let's destroy the "homework" tag)...
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Problem with Goo dictionary

Whenever I try to go to the goo dictionary these days I get the following error: お客様のリクエストはNTTドコモのセキュリティポリシーにより拒否されました。 The Request was rejected by our security policy. However, if someone links a ...
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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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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Formatting Sandbox – Please test stuff here

Other sites have formatting sandboxes, so I figured, why not here? After all, we've got lots of our own special markup. If you need to try out any of the markup or formatting options on Japanese.SE ...
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Using AI to learn Japanese

I've been using ChatGPT to learn Japanese specifically in getting vocab. My prompt is: Always answer in this format for Japanese Word Kanji(furigana) JLPT level: Commonness: Formality: Usually ...
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How does filtering in Shirabe Jisho work?

I’m trying to filter out uncommon words in my dictionary searches. Here I’m expecting to see 語, yet I’m getting the tag name in my results. What am I doing wrong?
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Can I trust the quality of Japanese to English translation sites?

Sometimes I use Google Language Tools or other translation sites to check sentences that I've formed on my own. Recently I've tried copying Japanese sentences out of textbooks into these sites and ...
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What is the difference between the "Parsing" tag and the "Reading Comprehension" tag?

I feel like these two tags are mostly synonymous. Both are about understanding a sentence. I agree that "Parsing" is more of an analysis and micro-inspection of which part of the text while &...
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Japanese translation of our tour

I think we will not end up with a truly bilingual interface to our site, but since we're hoping to involve not only learners, but also native speakers of Japanese, we have tried to make the interface ...
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Irritating 'gramma' tag

It seems that someone has accidentally created a tag with the name 'gramma'. This comes up as the first option when you are trying to use the 'grammar' tag. Is there some way we can get rid of this ...
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English-to-Japanese dictionary with a free license like JMdict?

JMdict is the popular liberally-licensed Japanese-to-English dictionary that powers all the websites and apps for English speakers learning Japanese. Are there any projects that go in the opposite ...
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is there any mobile phone font that can annotate kanji by hiragana, can somebody recommend me one?

like mirigana plugin in twiter, hiragana is above the kanji
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What should I do if I was asked for the "context"? Why is it important?

I have a fairly simple question about the interpretation of one specific word/phrase/expression. I thought it should be easy for advanced learners or any native Japanese speaker, but for some reason ...
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Etymological dictionary with kanji type and compounds/radicals

I'm looking for an etymological dictionary preferably in online form to look up the 六書 (the six classes of kanji characters) and the compounds/radicals of a kanji. I know I can use 広辞苑 (Kōjien). But ...
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Can we shorten/remove the question title length requirement?

Currently, the JSE requires its question titles be at least 15 characters long. However, this 15-character requirement was set for English, in which a word is easily 4-10 letters long, and any ...
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How do I type っ on an iPhone kana keyboard?

You can press the た key 6 times consecutively to write っ on an iPhone kana keyboard, but that seems inconvenient. Is there a faster way to write っ?
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Seeing deleted posts -- a couple different use cases

I am curious if there is any facility for finding deleted posts. One use case is to view deleted posts by a specific user, to see if there is a clear trend. C.f. this user, who appears to be making ...
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Whether to close or delete one's own question

If you ask a question which is the result of a misreading, typo or some other triviality and someone posts an answer, what is the best course of action? If the help came in the form of a comment I ...
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Policy on banning AI-generated content

While there is no network-wide policy on AI-generated answers such as those produced by ChatGPT, judging from our moderating experience over the past months and the related meta discussion, we the ...
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How do I find TTS that can read vertical text?

I tried using Microsoft Edge's read aloud but it glitches for vertical text ebooks. Does anyone know where one can find TTS ?
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How do you type Encircled Kanji? (丸囲み文字)

I am needing to use a lot of encircled kanji. (See Usage of Encircled Kanji) However, I am using Linux, and I cannot find any information on how to actually type the encircled kanji on Linux. Copying ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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How to make yourself able to hear pitch accent?

I have hit a wall in my study of Japanese: I am unable to hear differences in pitch accent. None of the other languages I am familiar with use it (those being Hungarian(native), English and French), ...
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Are AI-generated answers banned?

I recently was alerted that an answer had been submitted for one of my unanswered questions (archive link), which I asked a few months ago. I took a look, and found an answer which immediately struck ...
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How can i get unbanned from asking questions?

I got banned a while ago. How do I get back.
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Problem with apples hiragana keyboard

So I use the Japanese Kana keyboard on an Apple iPhone, and i started off with a bunch of problems, but the solutions eventually showed themselves without much issue, such as how to use small ...
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Is there a way to use the furigana and pitch accent engine for other websites?

I would like to include the code for the furigana this site uses into my website. Is it publicly available? How do I implement it? Thanks.
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JL&U Hacks - Ruby Rendering

A brower script which render ruby (furigana) on-the-fly. Works on Google Chrome (Tested only on Chrome 14 dev) Firefox with GreaseMonkey (Tested only on Firefox 5.0, 7.0a1) Opera (Tested only on ...
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How and where can someone use Ruby Text?

In my writings on the language, I often use the word(furigana) set up, and it works well most of the time. When it gets to be too much, or the word is like this(吹き上げ), it can become very problematic ...
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Help. I can't type 女 using Microsoft's IME

For some reason the 女 kanji is missing from the Microsoft IME. When I type 'onna' none of the suggestions are the 女 kanji. I also can't use it in words, for example, when I type 'onna no ko' the IME ...
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What questions are not allowed on Japanese Language SE?

Most of the questions that we have downvoted and closed as off-topic on the Japanese Language Stack Exchange site have violated one (or more) of the following guidelines. No Questions that violate ...
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Comments are not for Answers

I will abstain from linking to specific posts or single out users, but I have noticed a definite trend in people using comments to post what amount to answers: good or bad answers, maybe, but not ...
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Do we have any "checkuser" functionality here to ascertain details about a specific user?

I have no interest myself in using such features. I am primarily interested in whether moderators have any additional tools that could help ascertain the validity or personhood of a given user. Case ...
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Why do people comment on a post rather than answering?

I posted a question that got resolved in the comments rather than the answers section. I'm new here, so I was wondering why that might be?

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