Japanese Study Tools: Part 1- Internet

24 Jul

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Hello! 🙂

I’m going to make series of posts on some of my favorite Japanese study tools that I think are helpful. It will go in this order:

  1. Internet
  2. Books (Language)
  3. Music
  4. TV/Dramas

I think when learning a language it is important to understand the dynamics of the culture also and use all the available sources around you. Using a variety of sources will help you understand the language from different perspectives. So, the first part of this series will be Internet.

The best websites to learn Japanese you have to pay for…sorry :/

Textfugu

This is an amazing source to learn Japanese, especially if you are a beginner teaching yourself. Koichi (the creator) makes learning Japanese fun and dare I say, addicting! He not only breaks down particles, vocab, and grammar in such an easy way, but teaches his students the value of time management and how to fit in studying Japanese into a busy schedule! I think for everything you get, it is very affordable and worth it.

WaniKani 

This is a website totally devoted to learning Kanji! This is created by the same creators of textfugu. I just started this yesterday and I was very intrigued with the layout and the organization of the website as it shows your progress and how much kanji you have learned. It breaks down kanji into radicals.

Kemushichan 

Now before you get all skeptical about her not being Japanese, let me say…her Japanese is amazing! I cry sometimes when I hear her Japanese because it is that good! Her fluency and pronunciation are superb. Her website has free video lessons and tips. You can also get custom made online tutoring from her and she has her own study tools list on her website. She gives tutoring from beginner to advanced.

Still not convinced? See for yourself…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsWywHi6j4c

Obviously there are plenty of other websites to learn Japanese, but these are my favorite and very reliable (in my opinion). If you are teaching yourself, be sure to know somebody who is learning or speaks the language fluently that way you have a partner with whom you can ask questions with and they can properly correct you. If you live in a remote area where there are no Japanese people, you can use sites like Lang-8, this will improve your reading and writing. There are also sites like italki, which will help with your speaking and listening.

Do you have any favorite websites which you use to learn Japanese? If so, post them in the comments below.

And whatever language you are studying, remember it takes time and patience (an important virtue).

Good luck 🙂

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6 Responses to “Japanese Study Tools: Part 1- Internet”

  1. peacegirl2020 July 27, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    I agree with you on the post of Japanese because this is a language that refines a woman and, there are so many out here that do not seem to understand the benefits of learning another language. However, there are some girls that are just shy of learning any Asian Language but, once the shyness goes away they have opened new doors for themselves.

    • lovelyleblanc7 July 27, 2013 at 3:25 am #

      You are correct. I think people just assume it is too hard to learn and don’t even try 😦 I find Japanese grammar to be a lot easier than English grammar

      • Butterfly Flower July 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

        I do as well. I’m dyslexic and English grammar doesn’t have logical rules. I blame the ancient Celtics. They kept getting invaded, first by Rome, than by Germanic tribes. From a linguistic perspective English sure is a mutt!

        Also perhaps this is just a cultural opinion, but I find English is less polite? Since there are fewer honorifics, it is hard to adequately address individuals. To complicate matters, in some parts of America certain honorifics are viewed as rude! (here in the Northeast “Sir and Ma’am” are not taken too kindly)

        The best websites to learn Japanese you have to pay for…sorry

        Do you have a character dictionary app on your cell-phone?
        They’re standard on most Japanese brand cell-phones (the equivalent of spell check) and make communicating in Japanese significantly easier.

        (Of course, they may be making my generation functionally illiterate:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_amnesia)

        And whatever language you are studying, remember it takes time and patience (an important virtue).

        A lot of people just don’t have the patience or willpower to study a foreign language. If it isn’t instantaneously or simple, than they don’t care. But nothing worth having ever comes easily.
        The Westerners I know who taught themselves Japanese tend to have a strong sense of perseverance. They don’t give up with things get tough.

        You are right, that learning a foreign language is an demonstration of femininity. Women used to be tenacious (running a house while the husband was at war, sewing children’s clothes out of chickfeed bag fabric, miscarriages and stillbirths were a fact of life, etc) but nowadays feminine-strength has been defined as bossing men around.

  2. shizukamistress September 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Amazing! 🙂

  3. seriouslypleasedropit October 24, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    You may want to look at spaced repetition systems; if you don’t know what they are, this article will explain them: http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/16-05/ff_wozniak?currentPage=all

    I use Anki (ankisrs.net), which is free, but there are other options out there.

    • lovelyleblanc7 October 24, 2013 at 3:22 am #

      I’ve heard of anki before and tried to use it, but I really like the simplicity and fun of textfugu.
      Anki is great if you don’t want to spend any money though!
      Thanks for sharing!

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