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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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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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Is checking speech on topic or off topic?

Similarly to this question, can I record myself talking in Japanese and ask people to comment on my pronunciation, accent and things like that?
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Japanese audio books

Is there any good sites for purchasing Japanese audio books, where a professional reads the content of modern novels? I tried searching for things like 朗読 and was unable to find much for modern works. ...
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Make comments required for down votes?

On a forum for learning Japanese, I think that when an answer is down voted, it should require a comment to explain what the issue in the question or answer is. I understand the premise behind the ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 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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Proposal: moderately repurpose the [jargon] and [terminology] tags

As things stand, the terminology tag is kind of useless - the tag wiki excerpt reads Questions concerning the terms (words and phrases) which may be used to cover specific concepts, fields, or ...
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Furigana possibly broken in Firefox 29.0?

I have two computers, both running Ubuntu 14.04, and Firefox 29.0. On both computers, the furigana is not displaying for me. It was working up until very recently, and possibly stopped working with ...
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Haiku competition on Meta Stack Overflow might be of interest

I just the contributors to Japanese Language might be interested to know of a fun hat-related haiku competition over on Meta Stack Overflow: Christmas Hat Haiku
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Include helpful terminology in answers

Where appropriate, include terminology in answers that would allow you to do further research about a topic. For example, if I asked: I saw Australia represented in kanji with 豪州. Is this derived ...
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Make tag [language-shifts] a synonym of [language-change]

I don't have the needed permissions to do it myself.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Suggestion to vote answers up to help the questioner decide the accepted answer

I think any experts who know that the answer is correct should vote it up as a confirmation. For me, it will help me to decide whether I have to accept it as the solution or I have to wait for other ...
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Are question duplicates if answered by an answer to a (somewhat) different question?

This came up recently on this question about the the etymology of イギリス. We've already got a question about イギリス vs. イングランド, where the answer happens to contain the etymology as well. In this case, ...
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Kerning of usernames

The kerning of usernames isn't that good for me. It's almost keming. As a result, I almost misspelt the username, which meant the user wouldn't have received a reply. Is this a problem for most users,...
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Usage tag - isn't it too broad?

I noticed that there's quite a lot of questions that are tagged with usage tag (398 as of now). This tag on it's own seems very broad too me. What does it really mean? Usage of what exactly? Wouldn't ...
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looking for japanese speech to hiragana text programs

I'm looking to convert spoken japanese into hiragana as opposed to the standard written forms. microsoft's speech sdk doesn't seem to have this feature, so I was wondering if there are any other ...
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Text of the “verbs” tag wiki.

I know verbs are tricky to define which is why I left that tag wiki alone for a long time. So let's work together on the best wording. I think I defined it as words which describe actions, which is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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hiragana / katakana / (kanji) hand-writing practice sheets

I'm looking for hiragana / katakana hand-writing practice sheets for self-print. Best would even be a template that can also be used for kanji. Is there anything available? You can find images on ...
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Losing information by editing?

These days, I feel really uneasy to see information being lost by editing. For example: This post gained readability at the sacrifice of the information that the OP is familiar with romajis but not ...
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App to add furigana

I suppose I can add furigana manually in LibreOffice, and I know I can do it in HTML with CSS, but is there a free or low-cost program that can do it with sufficient accuracy that proofreading/...
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How can I stop Google 日本語入力 from changing type of input all the time?

I recently installed Google 日本語入力 on my Windows 10 PC. I used to have it on my old Windows 7 PC and it worked flawlessly, but now it seems the configuration got really messy. When I press the Caps ...
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How do you use Furigana on the new Anki?

I've been trying everything the extension says to do, but so far I've been drawing blanks on how to get it working. Anyone familiar with it?
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A couple of resource related questions

I've been studying Japanese for a few months following the Genki I textbook combined with the official JLPT N5 book, which I use as a grammar and vocabulary reference. I'm now at a level in which I ...
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What are some good J-E PC Dictionaries?

My first one was Microsoft Bookshelf with Kenkyusha's library of terms, and while I was really happy with it, a series of events has lead to me losing many of my electronic resources, some, like ...