Hello WaniKani people!
I have seen a number of people recommend the “Organic Japanese with Cure Dolly” videos on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkdmU8hGK4Fg3LghTVtKltQ).
I like the approach of these videos in how they present Japanese grammar from the ground up, rather than trying to think about Japanese in English-grammar terms that don’t actually translate to how Japanese grammar works.
BUT—I find these videos almost impossible to watch: The animated head is super creepy, the voice is even creepier and unpleasant to listen to. On top of that, I find it very annoying that every video they dedicate a ton of time talking about how much better this method of grammar is than traditional textbook approaches. In the first video I understand why she makes a big deal of selling this, but by video 3 or 4 I wish she would stop harping on about how great her method is.
Anyway, I can’t bring myself to sit through these painful-to-watch videos, so I wonder if anyone has another resource that teaches grammar with a similar approach? I would prefer a written resource but am open to another video series as well, if a good one exists.
Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!
=== [ UPDATE ] ===
Thank you everyone for your recommendations. I’ve gathered the suggestions from this thread and summarised them here to hopefully make this thread easier to use for other people.
As for alternative YouTube channels, I haven’t had a chance to watch any yet, but the most recommended was Japanese Ammo with Misa.
Online Text-Based Resources:
- 80/20 Japanese by Richard Webb - He has a number of grammar posts available free online (see this and this, for instance). You can also purchase a full book/ebook along with supporting media and Anki decks. [UPDATE 2 - I purchased this and did NOT find it to be useful. Would not recommend.]
Tae Kim Guide - Good quality beginner/low-intermediate guide,
written by a native Japanese speaker[UPDATE 3 - Thanks Sergiop for pointing out Tae Kim is not a native speaker]
- Imabi - Like Tae Kim but much more detailed and comprehensive. Covers N5 - N1 and beyond.
- Maggie Sensei - A blog that covers different grammar points in casual easy-to-read posts
- 国の文法 - This grammar resource seems well organised, and is presented fully in Japanese
Online Video-Based Resources:
- Japanese Ammo with Misa - Native japanese speaker focusing on N5 and some N4 grammar. Different approach than CureDolly, but still a native-speaker perspective.
- 日本語の森 - Native speakers present N3 and above grammar
- Yumi Ura - Another grammar channel presented by native Japanese
Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You - Jay Rubin - Essays explaining aspects of Japanese grammar from a leading translator of Japanese literature. Cited as a source for Cure Dolly’s approach. Well reviewed by Tofugu, but uses Romaji.
とめ上手 敬語と言葉のきまり - Small book summarising what Japanese elementary school children preparing for middle school exams are supposed to know. Provides a lens into Japanese grammar from the Japanese POVPreformatted text