This is the collection of resources which would help learners understand various aspects of the Japanese language. If you want to have Web sites added in the list that you find helpful, please post your suggestions in the resource suggestion thread. In case you find problems with existing items (such as broken links, indecent contents, duplicates etc.), kindly contact Japanese Forum moderator via PM: Flaminius. First and foremost, here are references to set-up your computer to display and type Japanese text: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie6/downloads/recommended/ime/default.mspx - To download MS Global IME (enables CJK input). http://www.coscom.co.jp/help3/jpfont/jpfont.html - Technical notes for Windows users to view Japanese with their PCs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Japanese#Japanese-language_Characters - Wikipedia article on support for East Asian characters. http://greggman.com/japan/xp-ime/xp-ime.htm - Illustrated guide for installing Japanese input for Windows XP. The following owes much to the contributions by Sulizhen, SpiceMan, Anatoli, s_a_n_t_i, karuna, timpeac, Abalkhibeth, Lemminkäinen, quesuerte, samanthalee, kirsitn, sinclair001, _forumuser_ , jazyk, Lesus, Horazio, Jana337, jtm2292, AVim, tkekte, sakurasaku, Gremrat, almostfreebird, kaito, lion100, creteva, chien_fu, Erebos12345, Isis, Franzi, palomnik, Starfrown, Whodunit, elephas, zefee, seifip, Juuuergen, Wishfull, sekaijuuni, phreadom, Ev3, seouldavid, HD148478, Yabanjin, rukiak, naomeincomoda, TunS, Poposhka, John_Doe, Yatalu, mdbvma and others. Character and Writing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_writing_system - A Wiki article on historical development of Japanese writing system http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoiku_kanji - List of kanjis to be learnt in elementary school with the pronunciations and meanings. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyo_kanji - List of kanjis to be learnt up until high school with pronunciations and meanings. http://brng.jp/50renshuu-s.pdf - printable practise sheet for hiragana and katakana http://kanjisite.com/html/start/index.html - Kana and kanji - preparation for JLPT. http://members.aol.com/writejapan/index.htm - katakana/hiragana and some kanji writing tutor (with stroke order animations) http://nihongo.isc.chubu.ac.jp/komori/wwkanji2k/wwkanji2056.html - 2056 kanjis with stroke orders indicated by live-action video http://kakijun.main.jp/main/kensaku.html - Kanji stroke order database (more than 4000 characters listed) http://hesjapanese.com/ - Kana lessons with sound and animation files http://kanjisite.com/html/start/jlpt/4/all/index.html - JLPT kanji levels http://www.jlpt-kanji.com/ - Another web page that helps you when it comes to kanjis for the JLPT. http://www.kanjistep.com/ - Very cool page for kanji beginners, includes writing order, meanings, etc. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~kanji/ - kanji stroke orders http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/jouyoukanji.html - printable list of the jōyō kanji as well as a some other commonly seen ones, arranged in the order they are learnt in Japanese schools. http://www.polarcloud.com/kanji - printable kanji flashcards http://homepage2.nifty.com/Gat_Tin/kanji/honji.htm - Variant forms of Chinese characters; from China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. http://www.realkana.com/ - practice the reading of random characters from your selected list http://www.flickr.com/groups/brush_calligraphy/ - Flickr group to help decipher calligraphy works http://font.designers-garage.jp/ - input a character and get the font shape in 行書, 草書, 隷書 etc. http://kanjidict.stc.cx/hiragana.php - You can write in romaji and you get the conversion to hiragana and katakana Online Lessons/Tutorials: http://www.learn-japanese.info/ - Easy to follow grammar lessons, some vocabulary. Nice for starters. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/columns/0002/ - The excellent Daily Yomiuri Online "Pera Pera Penguin" articles. http://www.ichiban.narod.ru/nihongo/nihongo.html – Various tutorials and phrase books in Russian. http://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/ - Japanese lessons by NHK Radio available in 17 languages http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/ts/japanese/cover.html - Teach yourself Japanese - Basic Japanese with a linguistics approach. http://www.kansaiben.com/ - Lessons in Kansai dialect http://japanese-lesson.com/ - Basic course, Characters (Reading/Writing), vocabulary, resources http://thejapanesepage.com/grammar - One hundred "watered-down, understandable, bite-sized grammar helps". http://jplang.tufs.ac.jp/account/login - JPLANG provides e-learning materials for learning Japanese, developed by a TUFS team. http://www.trymango.com/language_program.php - for beginners, lots of audio, free but with a registration http://www.basic-japanese.com/ - 34 free lessons and tools http://www.manythings.org/japanese/ - free-to-use online study materials http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Pagoda/5701/1jp/main.html - conversational topics and grammar references http://www.japanese-online.com/ - Free lessons on particles and sentence structures: audio files available for conversation examples. http://homepage3.nifty.com/i-yasu/bk-les.htm - 市川保子's lessons by grammatical topics, compiled from Q&A: Japanese http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/japanese/survey/tsushin/grammar/backnumber.html - Quite detailed articles about grammar. The authors include Ichikawa above: Japanese http://homepage3.nifty.com/i-yasu/bk-les-e.htm - the English version of the above http://www.pantomime.org/nihongo-tusin/note.html - frequently asked questions about Japanese: Japanese http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Japanese - textbook project by Wiki volunteers http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~sg2h-ymst/yamatouta/intro/dousikatuyou.html - grammar of Classical Japanese: Japanese http://www.midori-japan.co.jp/letter/ - rules for writing Japanese letters: Japanese http://paper.udn.com/ZOPE/UDN/PapersPage/z_old_papers?pname=POH0044&start=0 - Short passages with Chinese translation and grammar notes.