Example sentences in most languages, even Japanese/ Chinese/ Korean | Resources for speaking | Forum
January 18, 2012
I found the site http://www.tatoeba.org
It was designed to help anybody to learn Japanese with example sentences. These sentences were translated into many languages and these translations are all linked together. You can search after a word and say in which language you want a translation.
It's really good, if you want to have examples or want to learn with sentences instead of word lists.
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July 22, 2011
July 8, 2011
I used to use it for Japanese, but gave up after my boyfriend confirmed my suspicion that most of the sentences were awkward and definitely not written by a native speaker. It seems that they were usually translated from the original English into Japanese by Japanese learners. Why they didn't use common sense and find natural, real-life examples of Japanese online, and then translate that into English is beyond me. There was a comment or question about it on the website, and the creator's (the Japanese learner who was inputting and translating most of these sentences) response was along the lines of "it's better than nothing, and somebody can correct it later." (Never mind the fact that most of the people correcting the Japanese entries were also non-native speakers themselves.)
This was over a year ago, so they may have changed their policy, and I'm not sure what the case is for other languages, but this kind of "who cares" attitude toward the quality and accuracy of a language learning resource left a sour taste in my mouth. It's too bad, because I really liked the idea behind the project, and even had the site as my homepage until it became unusable.
For Japanese learners, I recommend alc.co.jp for example sentences translated from the original Japanese.
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