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Learning Japanese: Computer Input

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Learning Japanese

While you can use the Character Map accessory (Linux, Windows) to occasionally enter a few characters, you will want to install an input method if you intend to input Japanese characters with any frequency. Linux A popular method on Linux … Continue reading

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Learning Japanese: Computer Fonts

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Learning Japanese

Recent versions of operating systems should display Japanese characters without additional configuration. The following sample displays fine on Linux (tested: Firefox, Konqueror) and Windows XP (tested: Firefox, IE): すべての人間は、生まれながらにして自由であり、 かつ、尊厳と権利と について平等である。 人間は、理性と良心とを授けられており、 互いに同胞の精神をもって行動しなければならない。 If you’re using IE8, you may have … Continue reading

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Learning Japanese: Pronunciation

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Learning Japanese

Whatever course material you use to study will provide detailed guidelines for pronunciation. I’ll also discuss some audio reference material in a later post, once I get past the mechanics of the written language. For a quick introduction you may … Continue reading

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Learning Japanese: Writing System

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Learning Japanese

The Japanese writing system consists of three main components: hiragana and katakana (collectively known as kana), and kanji. Arabic numerals are often used instead of traditional numerals. Occasionally Latin characters are used for effect. Rōmaji is used to phonetically transcribe … Continue reading

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Learning Japanese: Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Learning Japanese

In a moment of insanity I decided to learn Japanese. By the way, this series isn’t about teaching you Japanese, but to relate my learning experience and perhaps provide you some help in finding resources if you decide to learn … Continue reading

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