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February 08, 2021 — Tatsumoto

Daily Japanese Thread is a friendly place for people learning Japanese through immersion. Join us to make friends, get help, ask questions, contribute to our projects and find countless new learning resources!

You can join us on Matrix or on Telegram. Both platforms are connected with a bridge.

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List of Matrix servers

January 29, 2021 — Tatsumoto

Matrix is a FLOSS protocol for open federated instant messaging. It is used in our Japanese learning community as an alternative to proprietary software such as Discord. Matrix ecosystem consists of many servers which can be used for registration. Since many people joining us ask what server to choose, I've made a list.

To use Matrix, install a client first. One of the most popular clients is Element.

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How to save the Japanese learning community

January 20, 2021 — Tatsumoto

Even big figureheads in the Japanese learning community still recommend other learners to join their discord servers to ask questions and otherwise talk about languages. For example, on the Itazura website even today despite many complaints you can still find a link to so-called DJT Discord. It is needless to say that this situation upsets people in the community, but I want to believe that the main reason behind the discord links remaining on Itazura is simply that the site hasn't been updated in a long while. Otherwise it would literally mean that the owner wants us to install malware on our computers and become victims of the mass surveillance.

Most of us already know that discord is malware, and many refuse to use it. Unfortunately, while some simply avoid discord and don't search for alternatives, in general the need for a safe place to gather among Japanese learners remains unsatisfied.

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