Category Archives: japanese

4 ways to find interesting Japanese content to read for the Kindle

It’s one thing to learn Japanese but another to find interesting content to read in the language. In a previous post, I wrote about the Kindle Paperwhite and its significance for Japanese learners.

Since then, Amazon have made some progress in harmonizing much of the Japanese Kindle Store with the Amazon.com site. This is great news for Japanese learners around the globe. It is now possible to access Japanese language titles without all the previous hassle. From classic novels to manga in the original, there is a lot to choose from.

So how can you find some good content to read in Japanese?

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Assimil: An underrated gem for Asian languages

As far as I’m concerned, Assimil is one of the best kept secrets in language learning. They offer materials for a number of Asian languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and Thai.

I was first introduced to Assimil by Professor Arguelles, who claims to have extensively used their courses to achieve a grounding in a multitude of languages.

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App Review: i-Sokki Japanese Vocabulary for JLPT

When preparing for the JLPT, one of the biggest problems learners face is the large amount of Japanese vocabulary. If you live in Japan or at least get enough Japanese input then the listening section of the exam is easy enough. You can cram on the grammar and learning kanji intelligently will greatly ease your pain. With vocabulary though, there’s no getting around it. You have to expose yourself to the language and put in enough time to learn it.

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Japanese names dictionary is back!

Due to popular demand, we have restored the names dictionary for the latest Japanese Firefox update. Sorry for the long wait. The add-on is currently awaiting approval by Mozilla so it should be released soon. Edit: The update has now been approved. Enjoy!

Cheers

The Perapera Team

We are planning further updates and Japanese-related posts in the near future. To keep up with the latest news and info, follow us on Google+ or like us on Facebook!

App Review: The Wisdom 2 English-Japanese Dictionary

I recently bought the Wisdom 2 iOS app because I had heard good things about the previous version and found a great deal for it on the iTunes store (Apparently it has been reduced to $11.99 from around $30 until the end of this month). I have been using the dictionary for the last couple of weeks and have to say that it has already taken a central role in my Japanese studies and my everyday life too.
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The Kindle Paperwhite: A godsend for Japanese learners (if you’re in Japan)

EDIT: The situation has greatly improved since this post. Please read this update on how to find good Japanese content for the Kindle.

Happy New Year everyone! I don’t know about you, but the New Year has got me motivated to get back to studying languages and reading more Japanese. I also plan to take the N1 this summer. I will touch on that in future posts. Another of my long-term goals is to become more literate in Japanese and to read books that Japanese people read.

I like reading Japanese news and blogs like Itai News on my PC and iPad but I have always wanted to read more Japanese content offline. It’s more relaxing with a book and looking at a screen all day makes my eyes sore. However, I hate looking up kanji and new vocabulary manually. It takes a lot of time and distracts me from the book I am reading. This and a lack of space in my tiny Japanese apartment has meant that, over the years, I haven’t bought that many books in Japanese. Up until now, there haven’t been many Japanese e-books available either. Well, I have finally found my solution.
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Learn Japanese kanji the smart way

The first book I ever bought for learning Japanese was a kanji book. This was long before I had visited Japan or knew any Japanese. Little did I know that my long battle with learning the kanji had just begun. To the beginner, there is something intimidating about the prospect of learning these characters. To many, memorizing 2000 seemingly random squiggles to reach functional literacy sounds like an impossible undertaking.
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More good books for learning Japanese

We got some good feedback for our best 10 books for Japanese post so we thought we would add some more to the list of worthy study aids for Japanese. The books we present here are somewhat more advanced than the previous post. If you are just starting out, we recommend you check out the books in the top 10 post before getting these.
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Perapera Japanese 9.0 Finished!

Sorry it’s taken this long, but the updated Perapera popup dictionary plugin for Japanese is now finished and has been approved by Mozilla.

Bugs fixed, broken features in latest Firefox unbroken, and the same popup themes the Chinese Plugin users have enjoyed have now been added along with the ability to customize the colors. Enjoy!

Look forward to everyone’s feedback. More good things to come soon!