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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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 !


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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.


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:


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.


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:)


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