Resources for Japanese Students
These are very brief descriptions and do not take into consideration the specific attributes of each resource; please stop by the Language Learning Center where our staff will be able to assist, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
gogen-allguide.com - A dictionary that provides the etymology, or origin, of Japanese words.
Denshi Jisho - jisho.org: Three dictionaries in one! Traditional En-Jp/Jp-En dictionary plus a kanji dictionary that lets you look up characters by radical or stroke count AND an example sentence dictionary to help you learn words or phrases in context.
Wordchamp.com - Have you ever gotten frustrated by vocabulary in your reading assignments? With Wordchamp’s Webreader, you can upload any text or view any webpage with mouse-over translation. This tool is also great for reading Japanese newspapers or magazines online. You can even download a Webreader toolbar directly to your computer, so you can use it without opening WordChamp. You can access WordChamp through a tab on WISE via My Japanese Space or you can go directly to wordchamp.com.
Check out the Video tutorial for Wordchamp.
Reading Tutorial Toolbox - Copy and paste Japanese text and the site will dissect and explain the text to you.
POPjisyo.com and Rikai.com - Surf Japanese web pages with a study tool that will translate the text you put the mouse over into Hiragana (if it is Kanji) and then give English explanations.
Rikaichan: Browser Add-on for Firefox users. Similar topopjisyo.com andrikai.com, this add-on gives you a quick and easy way to find out the reading or definition of Japanese text. There is also a names dictionary available. Download at:www.polarcloud.com/rikaichan[Hide Text]
Wordchamp.com - WordChamp’s flashcard function can help you study for tests and learn new words. And the best part is: you don’t have to spend all that time and paper writing them down! Create flashcards or search Wordchamp’s flashcard database. You can practice them online or download them to your personal computer. Studying just got way easier.
Kantango.com - Easily make customizable vocabulary lists to help with your studying![Hide Text]
In the LLC - The computers in the lab have been equipped with a keyboard layout with different input options for Katakana and Hiragana that is helpful for word processing when you are writing a paper, class presentation, or researching on the Japanese web.
Nakama 1 and 2
Tutoring - Get essay help, ask grammar questions and practice your language skills with native Japanese speakers! Click “Sign-up” on the left side of WISE to schedule an appointment with your language assistant.
****Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese - Probably THE most comprehensive guide to learning Japanese you can find online. If you're an intermediate learner or a complete beginner and don't have the cash to buy a textbook, start here!
- Introduction and Kana
- Kanji and Ruby Text
- Other features
- Full correspondence chart
- Extra features in IME pad
- Installing East Asian Language Support Under Windows XP
- Writing Japanese Under Windows 2000 Professional/XP
- Word Processing in the Willamette Language Learning Center
- Reference Materials for Multilingual Computing