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Questions about learning or teaching the Japanese language or its writing systems (kanji, katakana, hiragana). General questions about Japanese can be asked on our sister site Japanese Language Stack Exchange.

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How to practice honorifics?

Japanese has honorifics (敬語 - "keigo"), a feature of which my native language English is devoid. For example, there is different vocabulary and grammar to use when speaking to a social superior, about ...
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What aspects of "Remembering the Kana" make it effective for learning kana?

While Remembering the Kana is regarded by some as having some flaws (some have criticised how it teaches katakana, and I've noticed a few inconsistencies or errors in the book that a proof-reader ...
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What sequences of learning kanji characters, their readings, meanings, and related vocabulary tend toward longest retention?

In Japanese, many words can be written both with just the kana (phonetically) and with the kanji (Chinese characters). For example, the character 年 (ねん - "nen") means "year". In ...
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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 of Japanese vocabulary). I want to add Japanese pitch/accent information to each note. Possible solutions? I have no idea ...
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How long between each JLPT level for learning Japanese?

A common question among language learners is how long will it take me to learn <insert language>?, and the usual answer, for a native English speaker, is to refer to the FSI list, which divides ...
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Evidence that learning radicals speeds up character learning in Japanese?

Characters — in Chinese or Japanese (or Korean Hanja) — can be learnt in various ways, and it is plausible that paying attention to radicals helps memorization and retention. But is there any hard ...
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What's a Japanese language-learning website with interlinear gloss translations?

I've been trying to find one of these for years. I love the wikipedia examples where they have a sentence, a word-by-word gloss, and an English translation. Like this: 太陽が|東の|空に|昇る。 taiyō ga | ...
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What are general cognitive principles that could explain why Heisig's method works?

This is a follow up to this question on Remembering the Kana. James Heisig is author of a famous series of books involving learning Chinese and Japanese characters. These books are Remembering the ...
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Many Chinese students don't continue past the intermediate level (~HSK4); do other Asian languages have this same phenomenon?

If you've studied Chinese, you quickly discover that many students don't follow the HSK beyond HSK4. It seems a lot give up, or at least, find some private method to continue their studies. There ...
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Q: What do I do after I can read kanji, katakana, and hiragana?

I'm starting to learn Japanese but I'm wondering what I do after I can read (know katakana, hiragana, and kanji) and (probably) write Japanese? How do I understand what people are saying and say it ...
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How do I learn literature and grammar of English, Farsi and Japanese and become fluent?

I'm planning to become a translator and I can already understand, read and write Farsi and English and don't know Japanese. for Japanese, I'm Studying Genki volumes and Japanese from zero books, I've ...
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How can I find IPA charts that pairs the phonemes of Japanese with a common word feat. that phoneme in that language?

How can I find equivalents to the following chart for Japanese? Scilicet, the chart for Modern Japanese must SCHEMATICALLY map out each of its phonemes. Each phoneme must be tailgated by a common ...
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