The Ultimate Additional Japanese Resources List!

Thank you so much. Sounds like Genki would be the better choice for me. Off to buy thr first one rn

What is the metric for that? Monthly active users? If so, what’s the threshold? I’m asking, because I would like to have my site Yomi.ai added to this list at one point. You can read texts for free, but you really get the best use out of the site with an account, which requires an active subscription.

What’s up with CDJapan recently? They have almost nothing is stock.

I mean, infrastructural stuff is much more difficult these days.

@ptb - maybe find a spot in one of the categories here? It’s a cute little story and easy to watch and listen to :grin:

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thanks for the tip - I added it to the free online listening section but if anyone thinks it’s misplaced feel free to move or delete it…

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As far as books go, for Kanji there’s a relatively new one for etymology called “World of Kanji”. The reprint was released this February I think.

You can check out what it looks like on the official website.
World of Kanji

At least to me it looks more interesting than The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji although they achieve the same purpose.

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Just found this useful YouTube channel. :slight_smile:

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She’s really cool. I had multiple chat interaction with her while she was live and asked some questions.

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I’ve been doing exercises in the Kanji in Context workbook. It’s good otherwise, but one type of exercise is lacking. There are no exercises that require you to write kanji based on reading.

For example, the workbook has this: 「今日の天気はいいですね」(What is the reading of the bolded word?)
But it doesn’t have: 「今日のてんきはいいですね」(What are the kanji of the bolded word?)

Does somebody know books that practice writing kanji based on reading? It would be much appreciated, thanks! :slight_smile:

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Last couple of changes

Added

  • NINJAL’s Japanese Grammar Point Bank to Online dictionaries > Alternate dictionaries and,
  • Onomatopedia to Online dictionaries > Alternate dictionaries section from Tofugu’s New Japanese Learning Resources: Fall 2020.
  • Use Guides in English for Tatoeba Sentence Dictionary and the Japanese Grammar Point Bank
  • Flash requirement to Drag-n-Drop in Kana section and to Visualising Japanese Grammar in Textbooks and Grammar > Online section
  • Subsection Publishers to Reading section
    • Added tree by Kodansha there plus a Use Guide
  • Subsection Physical workbooks to Kana section
    • Moved Let’s Learn Hiragana and Let’s Learn Katakana there
  • Subsection Physical (for textbooks, etc.) to Kanji section
    • Moved The Kanji Code there
    • Moved Remembering the Kanji there
    • Moved A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters there
    • Added The World of Kanji per @cringe’s suggestion there

Updated

  • Formatting for the Dictionary of Intermediate and Advanced Japanese Grammar in the Textbooks and Grammar > References section
  • Formatting for 絵でわかる日本語 in the same section
  • Formatting of the Reading > News and Reading > Manga section
  • Link for A Handbook of Japanese Grammar Patterns for Teachers and Learners in the Textbooks and Grammar > References section, I finally found the publishers page
  • Description for NHK Web Easy to be shorter
  • Description for TextFugu
  • Name of the Sentence Dictionary in Online dictionaries > Alternate dictionaries section to Tatoeba Sentence Dictionary
  • Removed the description at the bottom of the Textbooks and Grammar section that I wrote that didn’t really mean anything

Moved

  • Reading > News and Reading > Manga section above the Reading > Learning section
  • LingoDeer to Textbooks and grammar > Paid online section from the (Free) Online section
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minor changes:

  • 絵でわかる日本語 and some others were added beginning of the month
  • 絵でわかる日本語: the important part is that it’s Japanese only, I think. They do have comic stripes for couple of their articles but advertising it as “Japanese with Comics” might be misleading.

Apart from that: added community editions for JDoBG and JDoIG.

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Are these available freely with permission from the authors and/or publisher? The second page of the book indicates an “All rights reserved” copyright notice which would prohibit the book from being copied and distributed freely.

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In general the Internet Archive library respects copyrights and other proprietary rights hold by other people. Therefore, lot’s of their books are for lending only as in any physical library as well.

I’m not in any way associated with the Internet Archive so I have never seen any permission personally. So this may not fully answer your question.

Best next thing I could come up with after reading your response was sending them an email to their department for copyright questions or issues to double check.

Anyway, thanks for addressing the matter as I do not wish to post any links that are not compliant within the community guidelines.

@Mods are there any preferences when it comes to items in the Internet Archive?

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The Internet Archive seems fine to share since it looks like you have to purchase to view it, unless you’re trying to share something that was only for you to see after payment.

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It seems that Nihongo no Mori has just (I’m not exactly sure when) started a paid service on their website!

https://nihongonomori.com/

So far there are materials for N1 kanji, vocabulary, and grammar. I’m not sure what will be added next, but there are additional sections for listening, reading, and testing practice, and I assume they will add materials in reverse order (N2, N3, N4, N5). I’ve only just started using it, but the functionality seems to be like their Youtube videos but more concise and professional. There are also interactive practice questions (very similar to the actual JLPT) that you can answer before the element being studied is explained in depth.

All in all, it seems like a very professional service for ¥980 a month, and I’m personally really grateful that they’ve started with N1 since that seems to be the most neglected level by online resources (…also because it’s the test I’ll be taking next July). ^^

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This looks like it will be an amazing thing once they have all their videos from previous levels. I loved watching the N3 videos on Youtube. Does it say anywhere when or if they will add more.

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I’ve added Nihongo no Mori to the Textbooks and Grammar > Paid online section. Since you’ve used it a bit, do you think it compares to the other resources in that section?

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Yes, it does! They’re homepage says 準備中 over the N2 and N3 sections, so I’m not sure what will be added first. Either the rest of N1, or the first sections of N2 and N3. I think the latter is more likely, since it’ll be useful to more people (and there’s already plenty of N1 material to start).

I was wondering this too actually, which is why I didn’t add it to the list initially. Technically it’s equal parts vocabulary and grammar so far (there are also kanji explanations, but I think those are pretty similar to learning vocabulary). If there was a JLPT section, it’d obviously fit right in there, but I think it might make the most sense under General Practice? Or Software? :grimacing::grimacing:

EDIT: Actually the more I think about it, the more it makes sense under Textbooks and Grammar!

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List of changes in the last month

Added

  • 日本語の森 to Textbooks and Grammar section per @andrewkaz’s recommendation
  • @adeli added Japanese Ammo with Misa’s Grammar Lessons for Absolute Beginners to Textbook and Grammar > Online section
  • @distantflower added Second Life with a Use Guide to Speaking > Online resources section
  • Digital and Physical subsections to Writing section and moved kanji.sh the the Physical subsection
  • VRChat to Speaking section per @doutatsu’s suggestion
  • Mochi per @ewoodrp’s recommendation to Software section
  • NHK News Web Easier and TechCrunch Japan to Reading > News section
  • OJAD to Online dictionaries > Alternate dictionaries section
  • Japanese for Everyone, Japanese: the Spoken Language, Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese, and Adventures in Japanese to Textbooks and Grammar > Physical textbooks section
  • Tsuginoji with Use Guide to Online dictionaries > Alternate dictionaries
  • WaniKani Community resources subsection to the Reading section
    • Added the popular threads Resources for Starting to Read Japanese Content,
    • Master List of Book Clubs, and
    • Buying Digital Japanese Books there.
  • Use Guide for NINJAL’s Japanese Grammar Point Bank in the Online dictionaries > Alternate dictionaries section
  • Internet Archive links to borrow or rent the A Dictionary of Japanese Grammar series.

Updated

  • Updated description to include information on the Internet Archive borrow and rent system
  • Moved Notes to the bottom of the post
  • Updated the Table of Contents
  • Updated the title of the Reading > Manga and other publishers section to Manga, books, and other publications and moved the Reading > WaniKani Community resources section to be part of this section
  • Updated section descriptions in the Textbooks and Grammar section and the Physical textbooks section
  • Organised the resources in the Kanji > WaniKani Community resources section
  • Moved Learning Kanji YouTube channel to the main Kanji section
  • Removed TangoRisto from the Software > Android and iOS apps section as it is defunct
  • Software > Browser extensions section
    • Removed Kitsune, Rikaigu, and Rikaisama as they are defunct
    • Added Rikaichan and updated the links for Rikaikun and Rikaichamp
  • Removed Reading > Publishers section and moved tree to the Online subsection

Notes

Potential new resources to be added but they’re very new and/or there aren’t many reviews of the service they offer, or they’re incomplete:

Also Flash is being deprecated so Flash resources may no longer work soon. The Internet Archive have a project to try to save some of the resources, but I’m not sure how to go about adding resources to their project. Maybe @rfindley understands this more than I do, but it might just be on the developers to add their own swf files to the project.

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