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TDR's new online japanese synonym dictionary

Postby kdamage » Sat 08.21.2010 9:45 am

Hi! This is Schultz from Tokyo Damage Report.

I hope this is the right place to post this:
I’ve made a free, downloadable ‘Japanese synonym dictionary’ to help you tell Japanese synonyms apart.
It explains not only the different nuances, but explains useage: when to use this one and when to use that one.
Like, for instance, the three かたいs:硬い、堅い、 and 固い. Ever wondered which one to use? Ever wondered how ばか、ボケ、 おろか、 まぬけ、 and あほ were different?
I took care of that for you.
Over 1,200 Japanese words. No ads. Strictly DIY.

Here's the link:
http://hellodamage.com/top/synonym-dictionary/ (Warning: Adult language)

It’s still very incomplete. Anyone with ideas of words they’d like to add, corrections to my mistakes, or ideas of how to organize/present the information better, please leave a comment.

Thanks,

Schultz.
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Re: TDR's new online japanese synonym dictionary

Postby furrykef » Sat 08.21.2010 11:07 am

kdamage wrote:I’ve made a free, downloadable ‘Japanese synonym dictionary’ to help you tell Japanese synonyms apart.

YES! I've long wanted something just like this.

kdamage wrote:Anyone with ideas of words they’d like to add, corrections to my mistakes, or ideas of how to organize/present the information better, please leave a comment.

I can write a database-based PHP app for you so you can look up words via search, etc. Give me a PM, IM, e-mail or whatever if you're interested.

Also, your site isn't quite formatted correctly. The text overlaps the sidebar on my screen. (I run 1024x768, if it matters.)

I'm mildly concerned by the profanity, too. I swear quite a lot myself (hell, the F-word is one of my favorite words), but swearing has a lot more impact when you reserve it for situations where it's a lot more shocking/humorous/whatever.
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby phreadom » Sat 08.21.2010 5:06 pm

I've gone in and made it into an actual link and added a warning. I hope you don't mind. :whistle:

It seems like a useful page and at least a good point for the start of discussions and more work on the topic etc.
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby furrykef » Wed 09.29.2010 2:12 am

Hopefully this one hasn't been posted already, but this is quite a long thread to wade through... ^^;

I just stumbled upon this list of Japanese contractions and abbreviations (as well as a few other phonetic variations, like "dekita" -> "deketa"). Though I find it quite funny that でかいおっぱい -> でかぱい is on the list. :lol:
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Re: The one, the only, the

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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby Shiryu » Wed 01.12.2011 6:51 pm

I created a site called http://www.japan-activator.com

I wrote progressive lessons and programmed several interactive exercises. It also contains a dictionary and kanji stroke orders, AND a wonderful tool to help you write kana : you type the word in romaji, and the tool will show you the words / text in graphic Kana with the stroke orders. It's very nice if you are trying to learn Kana by writing texts or sentences. This tool will help you out a lot.

I also integrated a Live Chat system, and a Karate Belt system: everytime you finish lessons and do exercises, you'll get points. If you create an account, you start with a white belt, and then you get the yellow, orange, etc. I added this system to give more motivation to people.

Of course the site is 100% free. If you want to fully enjoy its features, you'll have to create an account though, so that the system can track your points, rank and progress.

The site is not much know, so I've been a bit disappointed so far. If you want to check it out and tell me what you like and what you don't, it would be a great help for me.
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby Ritz » Tue 03.22.2011 9:13 pm

I'm pretty sure lots of people had posted the sites I use. Here are some sites I go to for printable worksheets in helping me learn and just taking a look at some Japanese scenery.

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http://www.zonjineko.com/

Zonjineko is, quite literally, a blog for generally those interested in Japanese. The creator will post a few lessons on learning the language and occasionally post pictures and videos of their trips around Japan so visitors get a real look at the country. Like most blogs are, it's laid back. I highly recommend going to this site, as the hiragana and katakana worksheets there are really easy to follow.
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby Conan » Sat 04.16.2011 11:08 pm

Did anyone find this:

http://hukumusume.com/douwa/betu/yuumei_01.html

It has Japanese children stories with audio, very useful for beginners. :D
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby furrykef » Wed 04.20.2011 1:29 pm

Hey, that's awesome! I might actually use that one. :lol:
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby furrykef » Tue 06.07.2011 7:02 pm

japanese.stackexchange.com just hit public beta. It's basically a Yahoo! Answers sort of site (though much better, IMO) specific to Japanese. If you've used Stack Overflow or other Stack Exchange sites, you know what to expect.
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby Gake94 » Sat 08.13.2011 5:39 pm

My favourite sites are:
http://gate2home.com/ja-Keyboard
-A virtual Japanese keyboard.

http://www.japanska.se/
-Swedish-Japanese online dictionary.

http://twitter.com
-It's always fun to see whether I'm able to read the Japanese tweets or not.

http://youtube.com
-Interviews, tv-shows, people's vlogs and so on. If you know what to look for, you can find pretty much all kinds of tv-like stuff in Japanese.

http://www.surfmusic.de/country/japan.html
-A few Japanese radio stations:)

http://www.jpopasia.com/
-A site with J-pop lyrics -in kanji/kana, romaji and English. Very useful if you've got a new favourite artist or something.
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby japanesegryffindor » Fri 07.12.2013 4:01 pm

I don't know if anyone else has posted this, but I use this to help me learn new vocab and kanji, and I used it to help memorize katakana:

http://www.memrise.com/

It has courses for other languages as well. If you use a textbook, just search the textbook name. I use the Genki series so far and there's tons of courses for that. (There are grammar lessons on there as well, but I don't know how that works with the site format--I haven't tried it yet.)

I figured I would post it in case someone else would find it helpful :)

(I also just noticed this thread is really old and I necroposted. Oops.)
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Re: The one, the only, the

Postby QuakerBits » Thu 09.26.2013 11:54 am

Hey guys, I have a site that I'm not sure if anyone knows about? IMO, it feels very helpful and FUN - Fun being the keyword, especially when we learn anything. if you like pictures, you'll love this site.

http://www.pixiv.net

Basically, it's a site where Japanese, or anyone really, can upload pictures they made. There's even manga, and, sometimes the person writes a whole story about the picture - which is great practice. It's also good to learn words people use to describe pictures in the comments, and get a feel for lingo and learn a few things about Japan that you may not find so easily.

I def. suggest keeping the site in Japanese - it doesn't seem like much of a challenge :ninja:

Here's a couple links to get you guys an idea (open in new tab)
http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php? ... d=29832765
http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php? ... d=18762655
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