Japanese Language 日本語
Japanese Writing SystemsHiragana 平仮名
Rōmaji ローマ字: the romanization of Japanese language.
Kanji 漢字: an introduction to the Chinese characters used in Japanese.
Kyōiku kanji 教育漢字: the 1006 "education" or essential kanji designated by the Japanese Ministry of Education to be learned by 6th grade.
Jōyō kanji 常用漢字: the 2136 official "daily-use" kanji established by the Japanese Ministry of Education.
Jinmeiyō kanji 人名用漢字: the 861 Chinese characters used in registered personal names in Japan.
Punctuation Marks 句読点: an introduction to the most common punctuation marks in Japanese language.
Japanese grammarJapanese Grammar: An introduction into Japanese Grammar.
ConjugationsJapanese Conjugations: an overview.
Japanese Clauses: the usage of 'and', 'while', 'although', 'if' and 'because'.
Rentaikei 連体形: the basic conjugation of verbs and verbal adjectives.
Ren'youkei 連用形: used to combine verbs and is the basis for most extensions like the -te form and the past tense.
Izenkei 已然形: the "hypothetical form", mostly used for 'if' or 'when'.
Mizenkei 未然形: used for negative forms, subjunctive forms, causative forms and passive forms.
Mireikei 命令形: used as an imperative form.
Verb formsCausative Forms: how to describe that someone has let, had, or made someone else do something in Japanese.
Interrogative Forms: how to state questions in Japanese language.
Potential Forms: how to express wishes in Japanese language.
Desiderative Forms: how to express doubt in Japanese language.
Dubitative Forms: how to express wishes in Japanese language.
Subjunctive Forms: used to encourage other people.
Comparative Forms: comparative and superlative forms in Japanese.
Negation: negative forms in Japanese language.
Requests: how to express requests in Japanese language.
Prohibitive Forms: how to prohibit or make others refrain from doing something in Japanese.
Nouns and pronounsJapanese Nouns
Personal & Possessive Pronouns
Lang TechHow to display Japanese fonts in your browser
How to Process Japanese on Non-Japanese systems: Japanese-language input on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and under Macintosh OSX.
Japanese Encoding Standards: JIS - Japanese Industrial Standard, Shift-JIS, EUC-JP - Extended Unix Code.
Language-related Online Resources: software to input and study the Japanese language.
Japanese Translation Tools: translation software and online translation.
Language-related downloads: browser plug-ins and font sets.
Japanese Fonts: Japanese font sets for download.
Japanese Language StudyJapanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT): standard examination to establish Japanese language proficiency.
MEXT Scholarship: is being offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).
Language SchoolsJapanese Language Schools in Tokyo
Japanese Language Schools outside Tokyo
Japanese PhrasesCommon Japanese Phrases
Useful Phrases & Expressions
Health and medicine
Male & Female Language in Spoken Japanese: gender differences in colloquial Japanese
Japanese Politeness Levels: an introduction into Japanese honorifics.
Direct & Indirect Speech
Japanese Counters & Classifiers
Japanese Numbers & Higher Numerals
Country names in Kanji
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