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How to take advantage of the Japanese course
The purpose of this page is to be a small instruction manual on how to get the most out of the free Japanese course. There are many browser features that I have used to improve the reading and development of site readers.
reading tips in romaji
Throughout the course you will find words and phrases written in kanji, the japanese ideograms, following the format of the example below:
If you hover the mouse cursor over the underlined Japanese symbols, a yellow box (tool tip) will be shown indicating the pronunciation and translation of the sentence.
Many browsers, or internet browsers, do not support this type of text format. Because of this, I advise using all major browsers or versions higher than Internet Explorer 6.
Why hide reading hints
Romaji, or even furigana, are interesting resources for students of Japanese, as it makes kanji easier to read and has a structure closer to our western phonetic writing.
The big problem is that real Japanese texts do not use this type of resource. Romaji and furigana are very good for relaxed reading or for beginners in the Japanese language, but you have to learn to live without them.
As the pronunciation tips are hidden, it is necessary to try to understand the meaning of the kanji and then make an attempt at reading it without furigana or romaji. If you still can't read or understand the sentence, feel free to use the reading tips.
The goal is to make the reader less dependent on furigana and romaji, making readers increasingly use the Japanese language in the same way that the Japanese use it in Japan.
Japanese calligraphy exercises at the end of each article
At the end of each article, you will find a list of Japanese symbols related to the theme of the text. The Japanese calligraphy exercises serve as a guide for learning the rules and stroke order of kanji, the ideographic Japanese symbols.
In this way, the student learns the new contents and begins to write and exercise everything he has learned, in a practical and fast way. In addition, more advanced students will be able to select only the Japanese symbols that they do not yet know to carry out the calligraphy exercises, making the Japanese language course, a flexible course for both beginners and more advanced students.