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    Furigana extension for Open Office

    Thursday, November 13th, 2008

    A reader named Ben sent in this tip about adding Furigana to documents in Open Office:
    I’ve been looking at your site and thought I’d send you this tip.
    For those whose kanji reading ability is still low, or for those who are willing to admit that they can’t read them all, there is an Open Office [...]

    Read the Japanese web with Rikaichan

    Monday, September 22nd, 2008

    Here’s a great tip for reading Japanese websites, courtesy of Ryan Coffey and Move To Nanaimo.  It’s about a Firefox plug-in called Rikaichan.  If you use Firefox (I do), and you study Japanese (I do), then you should definately have this plug-in installed (I do).  In Ryan’s words:
    Hi Thomas, (and everyone)
    I think I have a [...]

    Typing Your Japanese Address: The Easy Way

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    Ken Y-N of superblog WhatJapanThinks sent this tip in back in January (!), but for some reason it slipped past my radar. Often when you order something or sign up for something online you have to type in your address. This takes some time, especially if your address has some rare/difficult kanjis in [...]

    Japanese IME Kanji Selection Hotkeys

    Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

    Here are a few quick tips for the Japanese keyboard. Let’s say you want to type in a kanji. To do that, you type in the hirgana reading and press space. As a result of all your hard work, you get a list of kanji like this:

    If your kanji is on the [...]

    F7: The Magic Katakana Key

    Monday, January 28th, 2008

    This is a quick tip for the Japanese keyboard. When typing in katakana words, sometimes the computer tries to give you kanji after you hit the space bar. Look what happens when I try to type in “Lisa Simpson”

    Oh no! I didn’t want all those kanji. What I really wanted was [...]