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[edit] Welcome to ##japanese on Freenode IRC FAQ

ようこそ! ##japanese on Freenode IRC is a channel where members can learn or practice their Japanese with natives and proficient learners.

[edit] Rules

The members of ##japanese are a casual bunch, and we talk about a variety of subjects. Nevertheless, here are a few important rules:

  • To display Japanese, your chat client must use UTF-8. We don't use ISO-2022 or Shift-JIS.
  • Do not private message people with language questions. It's best to ask in public because multiple members read this channel and may have an answer for you.
  • Do not ask for women/girls. If you want to find a mate, there are many suitable websites that already exist for that purpose.
  • It is best to open and use a private message/dialog with our bot K5. Don't spam the channel with lots of lookups.
  • When writing in Romaji use proper spelling for long vowels (aa, ou, ei, ii, uu) instead of macrons or (oo, ee)
  • Follow general IRC etiquette. That is, don't be a jerk, don't type in caps, etc.
  • If you want to partake in discussions in the channel, you need to at least know kana.

[edit] Links

If you're learning Japanese, the following links are useful resources:

  • Kim Allen's overview of Japanese This site has no kanji but it does give a pretty good overview of grammar plus the author's personal experience of how she learned Japanese.
  • Tae Kim's Guide to Japanese This is an excellent website to learn a lot of Japanese grammar. However, you need to be comfortable reading kana.
  • Teach Yourself Japanese Great site to learn kana and some Japanese basics.
  • The Japanese Page A multiuser site that covers various aspects of Japanese.
  • Wikibooks Japanese An incomplete but useful site for beginners.
  • J-Gram A multi-user site that lets you practice Japanese with other users.
  • Lang 8 - A multilingual blogging and correction website. Native Japanese will correct your Japanese, while you can correct other user's writings of English or your native tongue.
  • - A web application to help you learn Japanese Language like playing RPG game, earn EXP, gain Level, and get Ranked.
  • Learning Languages Through Video Games, a wiki

[edit] Source Material

Sources. This page lists media or textual sources which you can use to learn Japanese. Users of this wiki may contribute additional resources under Sources.

[edit] Language FAQ

Language FAQ. This FAQ will explain many nuances of the language and hopes to go beyond what the textbook provides. Coming soon.

[edit] Optional Secondary Steps

  1. Add your wiki to the Categorized List of Wikis
  2. Promote your wiki by posting to your favorite social networks
  3. Create another user with a more personalized username (first log out, then click create an account).
  4. Join the News Group
  5. Edit this page and replace it's content with something more interesting for new visitors.
  6. Read How to make a successful wiki
  7. Read the Help Page

[edit] Other Interesting Resources

  • [1] How to pronounce 'R' in Japanese.
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