Welcome to The Japanese Page WagaWiki
How to Contribute
There are two easy ways to create content
- Do a search for any topic. If there isn't a page, you will be given a chance to create the page.
- Or if you create a link (to an as of yet not created page) and save that page (for example a link to a main category from the home page) the link will allow anyone to click on and create.
Hopefully that makes sense. Basically when you click on a link or search for a page that doesn't exist, you will be asked to create it.
Click here for New Pages: Special:Newpages or see the Recent Changes link to the left.
How to Use
You might want to Start here. These lessons aim to be a step by step trip through the basics of the Japanese language. Includes simple quizzes to test what you learn along the way.
A concise reference to these essential parts (pun intended) of the Japanese language.
In Japanese and English, a useful guide if you ever want to use learing resources in Japanese.
Lists of common Gairaigo divided by country of origin. (Under construction)
Guidance for learning Japanese from media sources such as anime and manga.
Paul came up with some great ideas for where this should be heading. Perhaps we can work on it here (or move it to the policies page)
In sum, Paul said, "Basically I'm thinking of aiming at achieving something where you can say "start here" to beginners and they'll have both a clear linear progression of lessons that cover absolute basics and links to separate articles in depth when available."
clay wrote: Do we have a set goal with what we want to accomplish with the WagaWiki? I mean, boundaries of topics covered or a basic plan for where and how it should go?
If we can create a mission statement and carve up a list of goals, we may be able muster the troops better.
Paul_b wrote: Well I can think up a few suggestions for a start.
- WagaWiki isn't going to be a dictionary.
I know dictionaries (WWWJDIC) and there is no way in heck that we're going to duplicate that effort. So vocabulary lists and word definitions should be kept to those of special interest or those of immediate use in an article.
- WagaWiki is a great place to answer good / common questions.
Next time you find yourself answering a question you've answered half a dozen times before think about creating a wiki page and linking instead.
- WagaWiki is a great place for articles on the Japanese language.
People can easily add new details / links / corrections instead of just using the (often ignored) comments. Wiki articles should also be easier to find your way around and have better interconnectivity (with the categories, links and features like 'recently changed' and 'most popular' page lists).
I would suggest that all new articles have a copy put on WagaWiki.
- WagaWiki probably isn't going to be a textbook.
But that doesn't mean we can't make it useful to people learning Japanese.
Proper textbooks require a high level of organization and professional style that is going to be very difficult to achieve (as can be seen from my partially successful attempts at Grammar page 1 and Grammar page 2).
Where's the Help?
In addition to the minimal Local Help, you can also check out Wikipedia's Help and MetaWikipedia's Help for all the help you could ever need. We can't make a full local copy of the help due to copyright issues.
- Chatroom Schedule Frozen, subject to deletion.
- Infidel's Selecting a Japanese Textbook.
- Paul_b is reviewing Lessons.
- Keatonatrons's Writing and Conversation Points.
- Ongakuka is working on a grammar based FAQ Here.
- Gundaetiapo has finished the initial version of Learning Japanese from Manga/Anime.
- Going to Japan article needs volunteer project writers!
The Frequently Asked Questions
In the course of human events, many questions are asked over and over and over. We've collected these questions and sometimes even the answers here: Just the FAQs
But first, you should read How to Ask a Question