We got back our first three homework assignments graded in Japanese class. I made the same mistake three times across multiple assignments. I wrote the hiragana ‘to’ (と), but we are only working on katakana (so I should have written ト). Slammed my head on the desk a few times for the stupid mistakes, but I’ll get over it. Mistakes are required when learning a language, but I feel taunted with almost perfect scores (96, 98, and 100 so far). We have an exam soon in the class as well, but I have no idea when that’s going to be. I think I’ll be fine though, as our teacher gave us all the oral test questions and answers. (but I knew how to answer most of them anyways ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
So, I’m going to organize my lovely online Japanese resources for those who may want to study. Some of these sites might not be the best for you, but these are what I’ve used and enjoyed. My recommendation is to first learn hiragana and katakana and work from there. You want to escape roman characters asap.
SO MANY RESOURCES! :O
-SITES AND RESOURCES
Maggie-Sensei- Cute blog based site to learn from. The site is updated fairly regularly (think they do weekly posts), has good explanations, usually small bite sized lessons.
Usagi-Chan- I used this for recognizing Hiragana and Katakana. Good to start, but you’ll want to jump to other sites once you’ve got a good grasp on them.
Charles Kelly’s Resources- Has flash-based kana flashcards. Has more advanced stuff as well, but I’ve used the site mostly for online kana flashcards.
Pera Pera Peng Peng- Updates are slow, but covers a lot of grammar.
TaeKim’s Grammar Guide- great grammar resource.
JLPT Study- Resource for Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) that covers most of what’s been on previous JLPT tests. (focuses on level 5-2)
Speedanki- Online kanji flash cards.
Anki- Awesome flash card software that can sync across computers and phones. Downloadable online flash card decks are available as well.
Read the Kanji- an excellent kanji recognition training site. It’ll gradually introduce kanji to you, and use it in multiple contexts so you can learn the multiple readings of kanji and such. love this one.
Tom’s links for studying- Another site listing a handful of learning resources.
-YOUTUBE CHANNELS- FOR THE PEOPLE TOO LAZY TO USE THE ABOVE
The “categories” aren’t exact, but they’re the awesome things in the channels you should check out.
Japaneseformorons- [language] *
Panditty- [culture/nerdisms :D]
…gosh I could keep going with the youtubers… Seriously be sure to check out other Jvloggers. The Jvlog community on youtube is quite awesome.
* Gimmeabreakman does the Japanese For Morons videos. He originally did them all on his Gimmeabreakman channel before expanding it to a new Japaneseformorons channel, so be sure to check out the gimmeabreakman channel to see his earlier JFM videos.
That’s all for now. :)