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Old 2004-07-28, 05:58
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another nice game (made by Collest) to try, it is called Kanji Trainer Penpen... it actuly a bit fun to play with ;-)
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Hey, that's cool! I'll definitely be giving it a try. It's nice that the company's willing to make the software free and easily modified. Quite innovative. I wonder how long it will take me to learn all those 500 characters ..
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Old 2004-09-01, 00:26
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the following is extracted from "Ultimate Japanese" Lesson 8:

The katakana characters are used primarily for:
  • writing words borrowed from other languages
  • giving special emphasis to certain words in much the same way that italics are used in English
  • writing certain onomatopoetic words
  • telegrams
this explains the "baka" thingy since girls are always shoting the word at boys :-)
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I've got a question concerning writing Japanese characters.... is there an easier way for the left-handed people to write these characters that were meant to be written with the right hand?
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The answer, from what I can see on Google, seems to be that most left-handed Japanese learn to write with their right hand, even if they use their left hand for everything else. So... probably the answer to your question is "no". Of course, good handwriting isn't that important in Japan nowadays, what with computers everywhere.

Historically Japan hasn't been very tolerant of left-handedness, and still only 2% of the population admit to being left-handed, although it's thought that probably 10% really are.
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Old 2004-09-24, 04:08
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Thanks.... I guess I just have to learn it the hard way. I'm currently taking formal lessons and I find my handwriting.... apalling.
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Old 2004-09-24, 15:05
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just like cursive, it takes a while to get it looking good.
Not like anybody actually writes in cursive anymore...
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just like cursive, it takes a while to get it looking good.
Not like anybody actually writes in cursive anymore...
I use a combination of cursive and regular handwriting. Cursive takes too much effort to think of how to shape the characters since I only use it when it's required, and I don't like to lift my pencil off the paper as much as possible, so...
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Old 2004-09-25, 04:42
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I switched to normal handwriting because my cursive looked less and less like human handwriting. It's only gotten worse as time's passed.
Luckly, I type fast or I'd have to resort to strange hand motions to get ideas across.
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any one know of site that can give simple short "harigana" stories?!, I want to do some simple reading practice (note: even if the site contain stuff for a 5 years old, I don't mind, the easier the stuff to read the better).
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Historically Japan hasn't been very tolerant of left-handedness, and still only 2% of the population admit to being left-handed, although it's thought that probably 10% really are.
This makes a cheesy drama pop up in my head.

Guy: Um, I actually have this secret I've been meaning to tell you...
Girl: What is it?
Guy: I'm actually
*ominous music*
Guy: LEFT-HANDED
Girl: OMG!! How could you do this to me x_x

Yeah, it's weird >_<
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any one know of site that can give simple short "harigana" stories?!, I want to do some simple reading practice (note: even if the site contain stuff for a 5 years old, I don't mind, the easier the stuff to read the better).
This may not be the ... sanest recommendation, considering the level of the punning you'd find ... but the Akazukin Cha Cha manga would probably be both entertaining and simple.
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SNES roms and older usually have many games with little to no kanji, which can be a good start for a beginner towards Japanese reading proficiency. If you are serious about learning Japanese, however, I recommend learning some kanji as soon as possible.
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Old 2004-12-16, 01:11
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For SNES read NES. Many SNES games are kanji-heavy, and the blocky fonts they use can be pretty hard to read.

Best bet is actually any manga aimed at young readers; that normally has full furigana, so the kanji isn't a problem.
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To add to Haeleth's suggestion, there are certain manga magazines known to be aimed at a lower age group. For example, if you get something from Jump Comics (published in Shounen Jump), you'll most likely get furigana. For shoujo, I'd recommend Ribon or Nakayoshi and probably Hana to Yume (if I remember correctly). Stay away from Afternoon (which AMG was serialized in) and Dengeki Comics. (Dengeki Daioh contained a lot of recent manga->anim conversions, with an emphasis on cute girls).
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