Essential Resources

My contribution is Wrightak's Rikaichan mod. Imagine Rikaichan, but you can add to your Anki deck when you mouse-over a word. Awesome!

How to use it
Get it now
Edited: 2010-11-05, 4:26 pm
My SRS randomly selects one of three fonts in which to display the character:

[Image: font.png]

They are micho, gothic and aoyagikouzan.
Onafarm, how do you set that up?
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Nukemarine Wrote:Onafarm, how do you set that up?
Must be that 'Randomize display properties' shared plugin.
It's not anki, I wrote the SRS application myself.
onafarm Wrote:It's not anki, I wrote the SRS application myself.
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There is a big list of resources here. Handbooks, pronunciation, grammar, audiobooks, dicitionaries and so on.
I'm a beginner, but I compiled an Amazon listmania list of popular/recommended and well-reviewed resources:

Hope it is useful to some of you!
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mkgelgota Wrote:Not sure if anyone has this problem, but I often find that digitally printed Kanji or those on signage look a great deal different from those written by hand using a pen rather than a brush. I want to practice writing accurately and I have found that certain stroke details that would be apparent when writing with a brush are either accentuated or ignored for the purpose of clarity in penned messages. Is anyone aware of a resource with images of handwritten kanji? Thanks!
Japanese fonts
JLPT study materials (reading, grammar usage, listening, vocab, kanji, etc) for all levels
Nice resources, I'm creating a list of useful links, thanks to this I can add it to it.
Big List of Free Japanese Resources (Learning Japanese w/ Free & Cheap Materials: Study Guide & Big List):

I just compiled a huge list/guide with links to mostly free resources (see above). (You could say I'm on a beginner's "high" and having too much fun reading through various resources. I need to stop reading and start studying more!) Many of them have already been mentioned here, others have not. Figured a different format might be easier to search and read through, but some of it is definitely redundant.
Edited: 2011-10-11, 6:11 pm
TuneIn has a variety of radio stations from all over (including a handful from Japan).
The iOS version of Anki is currently on sale.
Ajinomoto has a Youtube channel for recipes.

The recipes and short and since the videos are in Japanese, they
are good for studying cooking terminology.

Main channel:

Playlists (NOTE: these videos are not listed under Uploads section, you have to click on Playlists):

【おすすめ定番メニュー:レシピ大百科】 (Standard Japanese dishes) … 09C9A40C2B

【料理の基本】 (Basics of Cooking) <-- You probably want to see these … F1D0CBBAF1

【肉のおかず: レシピ大百科】- Meat side dishes … 85C4A052A9

【魚のおかず:レシピ大百科】Fish side dishes … E84C8F9A4B

【野菜のおかず:レシピ大百科】Vegetable side dishes … 051CEC084F

【ごはん・めん類:レシピ大百科】Rice and noodles … 3AB67B719E

【汁もの・スープ:レシピ大百科】Soups … B4490C602A

【鍋:レシピ大百科】One-pot dishes … 3C2473884D

In the "Basics of Cooking" playlist, they even have knife skill (切り方) videos .
Thanks for this message about Ajinomoto - great recipes !

My essential resources are :-
Jim Breen's page

For JLPT learning

For listening

For speaking
( a biased with that last one !)
My resources are here:

i'm sure it'll grow, there's still more i need to add.
Hi, can you review this new online dictionary?
Hey guys I uploaded a video about how to turn your Anki decks into multiple choice quizzes using Teach2000. I know most don't really care for multiple choice but for the ones that do check it out!

Oh wow, that Ajinomoto Youtube account was a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
It really helps improve your Japanese listening skills as well as Japanese cooking skills Big Grin
I use ZKanji. It has compounds, animated stroke order, readings, JLPT/Jouyou levels, kanji search with a lot of options including all of the above plus SKIP and English meaning, and much more that I don't even know. If you're not yet at the level where you can use a native Japanese dictionary, I can't think of a better free Japanese dictionary with an English interface.
Edited: 2013-05-21, 10:34 am
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“… one does not accumulate but eliminates. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity. It is the half-way cultivation that runs to ornamentation.” - Bruce Lee

Kanji Dark: Optimally Sorted Kanji Deck

"I have created an Anki deck to learn the kanji, ideally using a Heisig-like technique (testing by going from meaningful keyword cue→kanji target, encoding with subcomponent-based mnemonics to aid bottom-up visualization of the kanji, sort of like using captions to visualize a picture), but in the most optimal* order and without requiring Heisig-specific frame numbers or primitives or keyword, etc., though use them if you like (see the deck instructions). Especially, mnemonics from online communities are still useful." - darkjapanese

ja・ミニマル resources shared at AnkiWeb


+subsequent links and tags and so forth

jalup and ajatt are also viable sources for inspiration and advice


Anthony Lauder on language learning

Edited: 2013-08-18, 12:39 am
It is my site (if that is allowed mods?) but it may be of use to people here.

is my attempt to review the mountain of textbooks I have acquired over the last 10 years or so.
Choko choko library
They have about 10 reading passages for each JLPT level
I found their vocab maybe not so JLPT relevant BUT still might have use somewhere in life Blush

Intermediate reader in technical and scientific Japanese
I thought this was cool.
Be warned - it's not exactly light reading material but I found it to be excellent practice.
They give you a science based reading passage followed by explanations, important kanji, and vocab.

JLPT dictionary
exactly what it sounds like.
i use it for grammar especially, since you can sort by JLPT level.
it gives you explanations right on the results page so its good for quick look-ups

mainichi kanji
Edited: 2015-12-01, 9:28 am