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    Sunday, December 7th, 2008

    Koichi from tofugu sends in this awesome tip: How’ve you been doing lately? This is Koichi from Tofugu. Thank you for adding me to the “Hacks from the Past” roundup :) I’ve been enjoying the furigana extension from Open Office as well – I think I’ll do a writeup on that (with source, of course~) […]

    Lang-8: A cool language exchange social network service

    Friday, December 5th, 2008

    Jaered sends in a link to a site called Lang-8.  In his words: Hi Thomas, I’ve been reading your blog for a little while, and it’s really great as someone who is interested in Japan :) Keep it up! I work at a website called lang-8, which is a website where users can write journal […]

    Past JLPT Tests

    Thursday, September 11th, 2008

    The best way to prepare for the JLPT test is to take as many past JLPT tests as possible.  Some of these are sold commercially, but wouldn’t it be nice to have 17 years worth of tests to practice with? [Updated January 20, 2011] I’ve received several comments that some old links are dead.  Here […]

    Learn Japanese With Google

    Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

    DailyJ is a new blog making great efforts to bring together the Japan blog community. Recently they’ve had some posts showing connections between different blogs and NihonHacks came up in connection with one of Harvey’s posts over at JapanNewbie. I’ll take the bait. :) Google Images JapanNewbie posted about using Google Images to get a […]

    Learn Kanji With Your Nintendo DS

    Monday, November 12th, 2007

    Last Tuesday (November 6th) was my birthday. I turned 27. My lovely wife, being the sweetheart that she is, got me a Nintendo DS Lite for my birthday along with the game 250万人の漢検 (250まんにんのかんけん). This game is a Kanken test preparation game and it’s insanely addictive. It covers all 12 levels of the Kanken test, so […]