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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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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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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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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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Can I work for Japanese Stack Exchange?

Are there any basic employment opportunities in the Stack Exchange community?
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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 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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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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