Anything super useful to know when beginning?

You can also have a look at the wiki post in the Pleasant forum

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I can’t link that anymore. I wonder how they’re doing.

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Accidentally liked this when I was turning on my phone just now, whatevs Alex can have all my likes

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I am maybe a upper beginner–not quite an intermediate yet. You might find that until you feel comfortable with HIragana and Katakana that kanji is a bit much. In any case I would suggest that you “do” something in/with Japanese everyday. I began to improve once I became consistent with my studies. I like a website called https://quizlet.com you will find lessons and flash cards matching games–there. you can make up your own study sets. It has really helped me with vocabulary. Also http://mykikitori.com to help with listening. Tofugu has a bunch of resources and wonderful advice that are great for us beginners. Take you time and find out what works for you.

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Thank you guys this makes it easier to find things :3

Everyone learns differently, but for me:

Kanji: Wanikani
Grammar: Genki I & 2/Tae Kim/ Google/youtube
Vocab: Memrise + Wanikani
Speech: Hellotalk + Skype (with japanese friends found on hellotalk)
Reading: Satori reader
Entertainment: Anime + Manga (http://animelon.com/ is a good site to use if you are into Anime)

Also, try to get into the habit of thinking as much in possible in Japanese. Its a hassle but it helps!

Additionally,

Entertainment: Japanese songs – listen a lot.

No passive listening?

hmmm I occasionally listen to podcasts when I go for a run or am driving long distances, but that’s few and far between.

I spend several hours a week talking to different Japanese friends, so I find that enough to help out with my listening (and speaking at the same time). The trickiest part is trying not to revert to English, which happens ALL the time -___-.

That is good advice. I am pretty much doing the same things or planning on doing the same things. I haven’t done much of the speech practice yet but I will check out Hellotalk. I think it is absolutely critical to learning a new language well to practice actually speaking it with other native speakers. This is what really helped me learn Spanish much faster.

Hi, I 'm new to learning japanese. Some friends have advised to start reading children stories to imprpve my pronunciation and vocabulary. Does anyone know a good website I could use???

Japanese Graded Readers have furigana for every Kanji, so no worry about WaniKani level. Vocab is more important.

There are Level 0-4 depending on the density of words per page.

For Children’s Book, there is PIBO app.

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