NHK Easy News reading group

Manabi Reader also supports NHK News Easy.

Not quite what you wanted, but this bookmarklet will toggle it on and off - I have it dragged to the bookmark toolbar in Firefox: (edit: forums software breaks javascript: links)

Setting it up manually:

Create a new bookmark on your bookmark toolbar called “Toggle NHK Furigana” and then copy and paste the code below into the address.

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Yay, the thread exists!

The latest 4 articles batch was literally all about the コロナウイルス, which is sad news but allows us to see certain non-WK vocab that appears regularly such as

消毒 (しょうどく) - disinfection
うつる - to be infected
専門家 (せんもんか) - specialist

Learned all of them just by seeing them enough times (it also helps that the Kanji parts make sense every once in a while).

TangoRisto は、is there a way to turn off the furigana? Been hesitant to use it because i couldn´t find a turn-off button.

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In the preferences you can toggle furigana settings by JLPT level (including turning them all off). I have mine set to show furigana only on tap.

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I usually don’t see the button on the main page, but if you click through to an article it will be there at the top:

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Woah! Check out the new banner on the site.

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I have finished rewriting my vocabulary sheet generator for these articles, although I’m not sure it’s actually very useful! Here is some sample output on the recent IOC会長「東京オリンピックの準備を一生懸命している」.

Level 1: 人
Level 2: 日 — 日本 — 月
Level 3: 中止
Level 5: 一生 — 大会 — 言う
Level 6: 国 — 安全 — 思う — 東京 — 知る
Level 8: 答える — 話す
Level 9: 予定
Level 10: 楽しみ — 話
Level 11: 別
Level 12: 始まる — 開く
Level 13: 初めて — 問題 — 選手
Level 14: 協力
Level 16: 政府
Level 20: 可能性
Level 21: 増える
Level 23: 委員会 — 準備
Level 24: 質問
Level 25: 頑張る
Level 27: 組織
Non WK Vocabulary: 会長 — 広がる — 記者

For anyone interested, the new program is written around the python port of a tokeniser called “sudachi” - it is a bit challenging to get working on windows, but very easy to use afterwards.

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Thanks to this thread, I read an article from NHK Easy News today :muscle: ! I still rely a lot on Rikaikun for understanding what is going on, but it feels good to be able to recognize some vocab and kanji I am lerning with WK (like 役に立ちます or 以上)
Also, I didn’t know about Foxumon. Her videos are super useful !

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Doth mine eyes deceive me? Is this a non-virus related news article?!

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Ah. Well it does mention it, but at least it wasn’t in the headline.

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Please tell me it at least ended with a quotation!

No questions or anything, just to let everyone know that Foxumon has just posted another of her great NHK Easy News breakdown videos, this one about AIのロボットたち!

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Her NHK Easy News breakdown are amazing. Really helpful to see how Grammar works in longer sentences.

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What does ままにしないで mean in this context?

インターネットを使うときのIDとパスワードは、買ったときのままにしないで 変えてください。

Jisho confused me even more when I tried to look it up, but he rest of the sentence is okay.
From the article

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OK, let’s break this down a bit:

インターネットを使うときのIDとパスワードは、 - ID and password when you are using the internet,

買った - bought (past tense)
とき - the time when
の - connects the things directly before and after it
まま - without change, the same as
にしないで - don’t do
all together: don’t leave your password the same as when you bought it (the computer, I guess)

変えてください。- please change

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I know I am almost certainly too low a level to be reading this sort of stuff, but I wanted to ask a question:

What sort of level should I be before I give reading an article a go? Also, how far into Bunpro should I be as well?

Finally, what sort of stuff can someone like me actually try to read? I have only learned about 9 grammar points on Bunpro and I am currently finishing up the remaining 30 or so vocab for level 2 on WK. Thanks in advance. =D

Ah, thanks a lot! So that に is a suffix to まま and しないで is coming from of しない and belongs to the whole ください clause.

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The website is aimed at school children (who have more grammar knowledge than beginner Japanese learners) - but you could try just reading the headlines if a whole article is too much at this stage! You can use a plugin like Yomichan to help you with dictionary lookups.

It’ll probably feel more approachable when you know N5 grammar, and even more so when you’re comfortable with N4 grammar. :slight_smile:

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I‘d phrase this a bit differently:

に describes the indirect object of しないで - don‘t do. What is it you should not do? 買ったときのまま. So this whole phrase has the に particle.

Yes, it is a chain of verbs:
しないで 変えて ください

„don‘t do and change“. Sounds redundant, but this is how Japanese often works.

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Probably level 0 or 1 graded readers, or sentences from your favourite textbook :slight_smile:

At the beginning pretty much anything is hard because we need enough vocabulary and grammar knowledge to make sense of anything – but reading can help improve these, because you’ll be looking up words and grammar points.

(Sorry for splitting it in 2 posts, these forums are kind of hard to use on my phone :sweat_smile:)

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There is also nhkeasier.com, which has mouse hover for furigana and definitions.

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