I just returned from my first trip to Japan!
In the month prior to my trip I used Pimsleur through to lesson 20 of the first level and learned some very basic phrases.
It was helpful for some very basic things, but I quickly regretted not trying harder to pickup language skills before I left.
I met so many Japanese people with wonderful English and became determined to invest the time and effort when I returned home to take my Japanese to the next level.
I am planning a return trip in approx. 2 years time and my goal is to be able to hold conversations with non-english speakers at least at an intermediate level, and to be able to read enough to understand signs/menus and easy/intermediate learning material on my trip. I picked up vol. 1-5 of Crayon Shin-Chan while I was in Japan, as well as a copy of Pocket Monsters Green. These have been motivating me and are a (long term I assume) goal for me to be able to read and use them as learning material.
I used Tofugu last week to learn Hiragana and Katakana and since then I found Wanikani and just started learning Kanji a few days ago. I will continue to use this and I was considering picking up Genki also.
What I’m looking for now is some beginner audio either lessons or recordings (other than pimsleur) of some sort of basic conversation I can listen to at work. I’ve read that podcasts can be helpful but I’m definitely not at the level where I understand enough to really make the best use of it. I have a fair bit of downtime where I just walk around while working so it would be a good time for me to listen and learn.
Has anyone had luck with using multiple resources for learning like this?
I really appreciate the help and thanks for reading this long post.