Learning the japanese language

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I thought it’d be useful to put together a list of useful resources for learning the japanese language. Not that I expect to achieve that goal any time soon! But .. chi ben inizia e’ a meta’ dell’opera !

ONLINE DICTIONARIES:

  • http://jisho.org/: this one is the best! sleek interface, easy to use.
  • Denshi Jisho (meaning “electronic dictionary”) is an online Japanese dictionary that focuses on powerful search features and an easy-to-use interface. The data used by Denshi Jisho comes from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC project and currently holds approximately 110,000 entries of a general character.

  • http://www.gokanji.com/cgi-bin/j-e/inline/dict: the interface is a bit messy, but it does the job
  • This server provides simple access to the English/Japanese Japanese/English dictionary edict (and several other related dictionaries). Searches can be either based upon English, romaji, or raw Japanese. Searches result in the listing of pairs of related Japanese and English. There is also a kanji database server as well, which gives access to kanjidic.

    ONLINE LEARNING GUIDEs:

  • http://www.japanese-online.com/lessons/Mem_JLL.htm: I think this one is quite good for beginners, it presents simple but useful situations and it also has audio recordings of the conversations
  • This content teaches Japanese language and culture through the experiences of an expatriate family newly transferred to Tokyo. Learning is based on serialized lessons showing everyday experiences of a high school senior, Jason Miller, and his parents from Seattle, Washington. As Jason and his parents meet new friends, neighbors, teachers and business associates, more information will be provided to viewers about life, culture and Japanese history.

    BOOKS:

    not much for now..

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