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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Can someone please create tags for 歳-counter, age-counter and 歳?

I have a question about my Japanese Language Stack Exchange post: Can the 歳 counter be used for architecture, furniture etc to tell it's age?
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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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Kana keyboard layout on Android/GBoard

I've found out how to switch between QWERTY and keitai-style flick keyboard for Japanese input on Android, but I'd like to have a kana layout similar to PC and Mac: Is it possible with Google's ...
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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 ...
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Tag for -する verbs?

I was looking for a tag pertaining to verbs constructed as [noun]+する. I found none, but I may have looked in the wrong places.
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scope of [names] tag

Is it only for family names or anything proper? E.g. I have a question on the etymology of Honshū (本州).
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Tag for questions about changing the nature of words

There are ways for converting between noun and verb (e.g. noun -> verb by adding -suru, and verb -> noun by dropping the ending of the verb), turning adjectives into adverbs, etc. I could not find a ...
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How to turn off furigana syntax in comment?

I wanted to write: You can include furigana with the syntax [kanji] {kana}: see my edit. But it displays [kanji]{kana}, with is not very useful to the OP. I tried single and triple quotes (for ...
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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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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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Adding tags is fine, but also fixing a typo gets me 'Edits must be at least 6 characters'

I get 'Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this post?' for fixing a typo on top of adding tags. Just adding tags would be fine. Related to “Edits must be at ...
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“Edits must be at least 6 characters”, why?

I just wanted to add furigana to a good answer written by someone else but I get the following error: Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this post? This ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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How do I type the interpunct 「・」?

I see this mid-spaced dot character used a lot: 「・」 According to this article on Japanese punctuation, it’s called an interpunct and it’s used to separate words. But how do I type it? Mac and ...
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Japanese thick old book

I am looking to find out something about this book. I have no idea about it's age. Seems pretty old. This page is the first page of the book. It has a few colored illustrations and a few black and ...
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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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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 to type 三人 etc. with IME?

一人 & 二人 are trivial to type with the (Windows) IME keyboard, but I can't get it to do 三人 through to 十人 just from typing the romaji (sanri etc.). It comes up with 三里 by default, with no option to ...
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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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Going back to the old layout

I logged on to the site today to find the old layout replaced by a much uglier one. Is there any way to go back to the old one - and if not, are they considering implementing an option?
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Japanese updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Resources for searching Japanese Corpora

I am trying to put together a list of useful links and resources for people who want to search various Japanese corpora. In my experience, some of the websites and interfaces are less than ideal, in ...

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