Put in your chosen sentence of standard Japanese and the site will convert it into samurai-style speech, Osakan or other regional dialects, yankii or gyaru-speak and more. The ORIGINAL language-conversion generator site.
Enter a Japanese website's URL and the sentences on that site's page will be converted into Osakan dialect. If you use the 'hyoujungo conversion filter', you can change an Osaka-ben original into standard Japanese.
Enter some Japanese using romaji and it will be converted into the kind of phonetic equivalent kanji used by the yankii. Examples of the results are displayed either as noshibukuro (paper envelope for gifts) or grafitti sprayed on a wall.
Here you can view the inside of an Edo town and buildings through 3D computer graphics software.
You can use the mouse to control the direction you face, use the Shift key to zoom in and Control to pan out.
The structures of an Edo-period farmer's house, merchant's house and warrior's house are all presented here with photographs. Descriptions are written in simple Japanese, with furigana alongside the kanji.
This is a Japanese learning site created by the Australian Government's Department of Education, Science and Training.
The main content is a story where ninja and samurai appear. You can fill in the blanks as you listen to Japanese audio, and try quizzes and games.
Blue button: Explanations about Japanese; Green button: Cultural information; ☆ button: Games/Quizzes
This is the homepage of a group that runs shows allowing people to experience real ninja/samurai traditional techniques, as part of an international goodwill programme. The website displays tons of photographs of people in ninja costumes, shows and so on.
This is the site based on the DVD teaching material "Erin's Challenge! I can speak Japanese." Many visual images on this site help you with learning Japanese expressions culture. You can also experience Japanese culture through enjoying quizzes and games.
Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.on the web Basic skit list
This website has videos of short skits in Japanese that offer glimpses of high school life, from the point of view of a female exchange student in Japan. You can read the contents in script or manga form, and there are questions to check your understanding.
Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.on the web Advanced skit list
Videos showing foreigners experiencing Japanese culture. Here you can also experience simulated Japanese culture through games. There are games where you can try virtual calligraphy, flower arrangement, making a Japanese bento (lunch box), a Japanese-style manicure, origami and more.
Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.on the web Develop vocabulary list
Here you can look in great detail at various topics, such as words used to describe elementary school life, Japanese conversation, school cleaning and school lunch procedures, with audio, illustrations and animations provided. Press the '?' button for translations into each language.
A site to help learners of Japanese read Japanese text on websites via a pop-up as the cursor is moved over words. Enter a site, or cut and paste text, in the box to use. Doesn't always work, but sometimes useful.
A list of Japanese giongo and gitaigo commonly found in manga. Items are written in romaji, arranged in alphabetical order to form kind of concise onomatopoeia dictionary, with their english equivalents in brackets.
Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese: Japanese Grammar Guide
A great guide to Japanese grammar written by Japanese learner (and teacher) Tae Kim. His explanations focus on how to make sense of the grammar from a Japanese point of view, and include example sentences and slang not found in most academic textbooks.
A blog for Japanese learners written by Will Jasprizza, a freelance Japanese-to-English translator. Focusses on methods for studying the language. Not updated for a couple of years, but useful nonetheless.
Nihongo Jouzu - Selected Article: Death Note and approaching material from multiple angles