About Japanese grammar

When should you start learning Japanese grammar?

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There is no hard point at which you need to start. I believe WaniKani advises level 10?

The truth is, you could start right now if you really wanted, grammar concepts don’t require you to have a large amount Kanji or Vocab learned.

Grammar is awesome though, even if you just tough the super basic stuff like I have it feels good being able to string things you’ve learned together into short sentences.

An example is like ”(na)” ok? so if you wanted to say a fluffy cat, you wouldn’t just put “fluffy cat” like in English, you would say ふわふわ(fluffy)(cat), just by learning ”な” you can describe things. There are rules and exceptions like with everything, but you just learn those also.

So if you now how to say dog (いぬ) and you know some adjectives. All of a sudden, by learning one grammar point you have unlocked the ability to do so much more. and I personally think that learning grammar early on can help you stay super motivated, since you’ll be able to use what you’re learning.

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I don’t have much experience as I’m only on lesson 3 of Genki, but being able to start looking at Japanese media with some understanding of what I’m looking at has gone a long way. There isn’t any hard or fast rule on when you NEED to start, but I’d say the sooner the better. I’m using Genki, but there are other options available, just do some research and pick the textbook/method/etc that works best for you.

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I’ve been grinding out WaniKani for kanji and anki for vocab. I also tried to do Tae Kim for grammar but I had a hard time understanding it.
Is there any other resource for better grammar understanding??
Genki??

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I look at multiple resources:
-CureDolly (youtube)
-Tae Kim
-Bunpro grammar website (paid)
-Genki (paid)
-Japanese Ammo with Misa (youtube)

Cure Dollys grammar playlist:

Here is Misa’s absolute beginner playlist.

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I second the BunPro recommendation, and would like to add it is more of a freemium service - you can still use some basic features after your subscription runs out. I also recommend imabi, which is the site I used to use before BunPro. I feel like imabi was the first resource whose explanations really worked for me, but YMMV (as with everything).

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As soon as you can, would be my answer. After all, you don’t need to know kanji to read manga with furigana, but you DO need to have a grasp of grammar to make any sense of it. it’s more about time management and how much time you have for doing both kanji learning and grammar learning. But, you can at least start learning about particles to let that concept sink in.

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this is a good way to put things. Once you learn a grammar point it unlocks more special features with words.

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