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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 ...
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Bulk-add pronunciations to Anki decks

This is what I want to do: I have a large Anki collection (over 20,000 notes). I want to add pitch/accent information to each note. Possible solutions? I have no idea how to do it, but I know of an ...
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Requesting videos for pronunciation (on topic)?

Here is the question, which is related to self-directed learning of the pronunciation of some characters in the Japanese alphabet. I've been looking for videos on pronunciation for these sounds in ...
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How do I when I have more questions for same word in same context?Post a new question or edit origin question or other?

How do I when I have more questions for same word in same context?Post a new question or edit origin question or other? For example : origin question :What is the regular kana text of the image? ...
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Why does jisho.org not give 置く as a result for “おきます”?

If I do a search on jisho.org for おきます, I get matches for 起きる and 熾きる through deinflection, but not 置く, even though 置きます does. Is this because 起きる and 熾きる have pronunciations of おきる whereas 置く has a ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Is closing this as a translation request an over-reaction?

I was looking up how the grammar of こと works for "I like verbing" style sentences, as I wanted to have a valid example before putting it into my Anki. I came across I like to do 'Verbs' , ...
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Are questions about online translators on topic?

I have a list of words that I want to convert to the roman alphabet, mostly to be able to enter those from any English keyboard. For that I'm using this website although I'm not sure what's it ...
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How to ask multiple follow-up questions

Fairly lengthy answers (such as this or this) are wont to invite multiple follow-up questions by the same person. My question is, what's the best way to ask multiple follow-up questions? It seems ...
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Why is the tag called “causation” rather than “causative”?

The tag causation is used, while "causative" is merely a synonym. However, doing a search for the word "causative" gets 223 matches, while "causation" gets 20 (there's also four matches for the ...
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What constitutes a 'trivial' edit?

I sometimes have a problem with whether to approve edits or not (or, indeed, whether to make such edits myself). According to this page Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged but the same page also ...
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How to ask what a character means?

I was going to ask what a character means but I saw a closed question like it. So if there is a character and you are not sure if it even Japanese how should I structure it?
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Is asking for song title and lyrics against the community rules?

I know some songs in Japanese from which I unfortunately don't know the title. Also, because the songs were heavily auto-tuned and the voice was synthesized, I can't hear any complete sentence that ...
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Winter Bash 2017: Hats are coming again soon!

It's almost time for Winter Bash 2017! For several years now, Stack Exchange has run a holiday event called Winter Bash! It's a fun little event where users collect "hats" that you can wear on your ...
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Editing romaji for people without Japanese input

Recently I edited this question and this question and converted the romaji to proper Japanese because the OP had left a comment apologising that their Japanese keyboard was broken. I then deleted the ...
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Where can I find the semicolon on the japanese iPhone keyboard

So I am currently trying to learn Japanese and adapting to the keyboard on the smartphone, but I really have trouble finding the semicolon. Could someone please enlighten me? (using apple's stock ...
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How to type the same 'a' vowel kana twice on a smartphone with flick input?

Flick input - an input method commonly used with smartphones in Japan - allows you to flick a character in a direction to quickly type kana. Just tapping instead of flicking gives you a kana with the '...
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Good book on the history of the Japanese language among other things?

A lot of the questions here are out of my understanding, simply because I started learning Japanese not so long ago. Although I don't understand a lot, I love more than anything the questions about ...
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List of katakana words by frequency

I'm looking for a list of katakana words ordered by frequency. I've seen some resources with a few dozen or maybe a hundred words, but I'm looking for a more expansive list, perhaps from a corpus of ...
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Inputting rōmaji diacritic marks (macrons)

I don't usually use much rōmaji, but recently I was writing an article which called for using it quite frequently. I found inputting macrons pretty irritating, such as in words like manyōgana, ...
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Any way to get English translations into the dictionaries Windows IME uses?

I have my Windows 10 laptop set up with support for Japanese input using Windows' IME. As you all know, that works quite nicely, until you are trying to input a word using Hiragana and the IME gives ...
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Can the question about the benefits of learning radicals be reopened?

The question What are the benefits of learning radicals? was closed in October 2014 as "primarily opinion-based". This is a strange close reason for this question, since benefits can be established in ...
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Do we need a kunyomi tag?

I noticed yesterday that there was a onyomi tag, but not a kunyomi tag. Is there a reason for that, or is that just an oversight? If it is on purpose, can someone help me understand why? I'd be ...
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Which answer should I mark as accepted in this question?

is the symbol 𡱝 (U+21C5D) a kanji? In one hand, an user gave the meaning of the symbol I was looking for (𡱝), from chinese I believe (if I understood correctly) . I also found some details ...
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who manages the features of japanese SE?

Stackoverflow has a documentation section. That isnt available in japanese SE and in other SE communities. Are the features/settings of japanese SE managed by the moderators? or are they managed by ...
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Please provide extra feedback on answers by low-rep users

I'm rather untrusting of the accuracy of answers provided by low reputation users. They're not always inaccurate, but they are sometimes. By contrast, if I see an answer by a high reputation user, ...
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How can I improve my answers for available questions where I'm able to answer them?

Background: Recently I writing some answers on what I think there was interesting questions waiting someone to answer them addressing problems they're having trouble with, but not all of my answers ...
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Japanese input to google search not working properly

I use Debian Linux with firefox 54.0.1 and ibus-anthy to input Japanese text. Let's say I want to search ケーキを食べる. I go to the google home page(https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl) and I try to type ...

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