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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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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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Resources for learning Japanese

Here at Japanese SE, we see many questions along the lines of "Do you know any books/programs/websites that would help me learn XYZ in Japanese?", even though we (and the stack exchange network in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Suggestions on how to translate handwriting I can't read

An artist I follow on twitter recently uploaded a video where they write some text on a piece of paper. Now, I understand some of it, but most of it I'm not good enough to read, and so I can't put it ...
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Shouldn't the tag `okinawan` rather be `ryukyuan`?

It has been decided that Ryukyuan languages are on topic. However, there are at least five Ryukyuan languages, but the tag is called okinawan, after one of those. Shouldn't it rather be ryukyuan, with ...
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If found a resource that specifically addresses a question in the stackexchange, should I post a link, an answer, or close the question?

When found an external page that explains well and specifically the point of a question in stackexchange, which of the following options is preferable and why? 1) Making a comment to the question ...
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Should sequential tiny edits for old posts be discouraged?

Editing, compared to asking/answering, seems to have less detailed documentation. After I thought of asking this user to slow down a bit, I noticed that I had no specific documentation or discussions ...
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Can I work for Japanese Stack Exchange?

Are there any basic employment opportunities in the Stack Exchange community?
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How worth it is to sit the 漢字検定 【かんじけんてい】 to get a job in IT?

One of my goals is to land a job in Japan as a software engineer. I have 2 years of experience in my field and I'm currently aiming to get the JLPT N3. I have been thinking of giving 漢字検定【かんじけんてい】 a ...
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Kanji Stroke Endings

I'm just getting started learning my first kanji and finding stroke order for every kanji is easy online. However, what I can't seem to find is an online dictionary or other resource that tells you ...
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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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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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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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Would having a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level identifier be useful?

I am a beginner and wonder if it would be helpful to identify the experience level of users in some way, before the questions are even asked. Have the level next to the user's name.
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New tag for (video) games?

I saw that we repeatedly get questions about Japanese from video games. I think it might be useful to create a tag for such questions, as grammar/usage/vocabulary of Japanese can be different from ...
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What are easy to understand Japanese podcasts?

Preface: I originally posted this question on https://japanese.stackexchange.com, but was informed that it is off topic and would be more suitable to this forum. Thus, without further ado: Original ...
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Can I make the Japanese keyboard the default without changing the computer language?

I want to make the Japanese keyboard the default keyboard without changing the actual computer language. The Japanese keyboard can type in English anyway and it gets annoying changing the keyboard ...
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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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Mnemonical phrases/verses/songs for Japanese grammar

In Russian, we have mnemonical phrases for memorizing things like grammatical cases, conjugations of verbs, detecting adverbs, etc. They are somewhat similar to Roy G. Biv mnemonic, but most often are ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Level of NHK Web Easy

To what JLPT (or CEFRL) level do NHK Web Easy articles correspond?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we merge the tag “written-conventions” into “orthography”?

We have two tags: written-conventions - 15 questions, no tag wiki orthography - 78 questions, has a tag wiki I don't really see a reason to keep written-conventions as a separate tag. It seems to ...
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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 ...