Despite being intended for learners of Japanese, videos of busty YouTube inhabitant “Hannah Minx” have lately been proving popular amongst the Japanese themselves, though for reasons unrelated to any conventional form of education…

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  • Anonymous commented on February 13, 2016 16:21

    70% of the comments here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/210-would-not-bang... More

  • Anonymous commented on February 13, 2016 16:11

    I'll take smelling like butter over smelling like fish anyday.... More

Yotsuba-to! – Ideal manga for learning Japanese?


One of my favourite manga, and in fact the first I ever read in the original Japanese, is よつばと!/Yotsuba&!, by 東清彦/Kiyohiko Azuma. It is an entertaining and easygoing manga, with good art and story, so that alone is enough to recommend it; it is a best seller in Japan so many would agree. However, I think it also happens to be the ideal beginner’s manga for learning Japanese, for several compelling reasons.

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  • Anonymous commented on February 10, 2013 08:06

    You should try shoujo manga rather than shounen because most shoujo manga tend to have school settings and tend to depict a wide range of everyday situation. I learned Japanese with Cardcaptor Sakura and Aka-chan... More

  • Karusan commented on September 26, 2010 03:37

    Thanks for the tip, Artefact. How long after you began your studies were you able to read this manga? It would be interesting to read more about how you (and others) went about it to learn... More

StarDict for learning Japanese


Having explained a little about how great Rikaichan is, I’d like to introduce an excellent tool for many of the instances where Rikaichan is unusable: StarDict. This open source and cross platform dictionary software functions similarly to Rikaichan, but is not bound to a browser, being stand alone software.

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  • Garven commented on November 3, 2008 16:55

    I personally use the Wakan (http://wakan.manga.cz/) and Rikaichan duo for my electronic look-up needs. Wakan doesn't interface with other programs, but I use it more for learning instead of just another game translator. ... More

Rikaichan for learning Japanese


There are a few dictionary tools no student of Japanese should be without. The first amongst these is the by now quite well known Rikaichan, a dictionary extension for Firefox which, when activated, displays an inflection sensitive dictionary entry popup on mouseover of Japanese text. The original site based Rikai is now basically defunct, but deserves credit for implementing the idea.

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  • Sid_Cypher commented on July 26, 2012 03:28

    been using it for a long time now, it *is* good, yeah)... More

  • Anonymous commented on September 1, 2009 05:59

    Awesome! craving into old news seems to be good >:3... More


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