Learning a foreign language is time-consuming.
If you were learning English as a foreign language, you would have a wealth of resources at your disposal. You would be using monolingual dictionaries built with a controlled vocabulary, not unlike Wikipedia's "simple English", i.e., the definitions would use a limited set of 2000 words, assumed to be known by the users, with exceptions dutifully highlighted. You would be provided with sample sentences, showing in which context and with which grammatical structure words should be used. You would also have lists of collocations -- collocations are pairs of words that often appear together: you can think of them as "minimal sample sentences".
For other languages, the learning materials are less adequate.
In this note, we will see how to automatically generate some of those missing resources, taking Japanese (and sometimes English) as an example.
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