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One of the best free Japanese reading resources online, The Great ChokoChoko Library, recently lost all the JLPT N1-N5 materials. Fortunately, Japanese learners of Reddit seem to have backed up the whole library and created a single PDF document with all the graded articles. Here’s a direct link to a comment that leads to the PDF.
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Recently I started playing Overwatch, an online 1st person shooter from Blizzard. Two characters are Japanese, so you can actually hear a lot of Japanese in Overwatch.
One of the maps featured in the game is
However Japanese and read world Japanese is written all over the place. So to make some use of the game in my Japanese studies, I took some screenshots and translated them with Tori.
The main parts of Hanamura are the Shimada Castle, a nearby temple and a small shop area. Note that Japanese websites refer to the Shimada clan, and the two characters Genji and Hanzo, using katakana. But there is actually Hanzo’s name written on the wall in Hanamura in Kanji. More on that later.
There’s no better way to learn a language than to make it a regular part of your life. And if you like eating and cooking Japanese food, one of the great ways to learn some practical Japanese is to use Cookpad, the biggest Japanese recipe website.
Some of the recipes are easy to read and make, such as this
When I studied Japanese in Japan, I learned about 400 kanji, but I forgot most of them over time. I am re-learning everything again and my plan is now to learn all 2,000+ jōyō kanji.
I understand that it’s not going to happen over night, in a week or a couple of months. I have estimated that it will take me over two years with my routine. But first 1,000 kanji make more than 90% of all characters you will encounter in daily life and I will be at 1,000 in just over a year. Continue reading How to learn Kanji for busy people