I’m in the JET Program and have the task of putting together a Japanese-learning booth for my prefecture’s new-arrival orientation in August.
I feel as though I have a fairly robust list of resources already, but am hoping members here can point me toward any of the items below:
Intermediate or advanced textbook resources you’ve enjoyed (as opposed to JLPT prep series). So far I only have Intermediate Japanese, and nothing for higher levels.
Particular graded readers or graded-reader series you’ve enjoyed.
Any non-standard resources you’ve used for general study that I might not be aware of. I want to be able to provide a solid starting packet for both new learners trying to wade in and higher-level learners who may be switching from classroom learning to self-study for the first time.
Thanks a ton for all the great resources this community has already made me aware of!
EDIT – I also have no idea how people learn hiragana and katakana now outside of just relying on an elementary textbook like Genki, so if you’ve done so recently and used any particularly helpful tools, please let me know!
I am about to finish Tobira: Gateway To Advanced Japanese Learning, which is considered an intermediate textbook around N3 level. I can highly recommend it, it makes you rely on your own skills instead of providing translations, and has personally helped me progress a lot as a self studier.
Apart from that and wanikani, I also use Memrise for vocabulary. It has free courses and uses a sort of srs review system, while you are also able to review at any time you feel like it. I currently am using a Tobira vocabulary course on the website.
Other than JLPT coursebooks for anything above the level of Tobira, i feel like most people just end up diving into native material they enjoy instead of studying from a textbook, since most of the grammar you might see - you have already learned. This generally creates a split in the people who are studying for the JLPT and people who are studying the language for their specific uses. So it may be a bit more challenging to come up with that list, although the Dictionary of * Grammar series, for *beginner, *intermediate and *advanced are very powerful, although expensive, grammar resources. Although those generally are used for accompanying grammar studies.
Yeah, that’s definitely been reflected in my own experiences, so right now what I have is mostly just a mix of JLPT prep books for advanced grammar points, and a few native-oriented language resources/recommendation to branch out into practical study.
Just wanted to cover my bases for different types of learners, since I know there are some higher-level textbooks out there too. (Though my personal recommendation is just to get a JLPT grammar book and do lots of reading and listening with native material.)
Kitsun, as a SRS replacement for Anki. If they think Anki is hard to figure out, they should try Kitsun. It’s much more user-friendly and much more focused on language learning, which leads to the quality going up. It’s created by a WK user btw:
I’m basically covered on suggestions for native resources (outside of lower-level reading material, which was a blindspot), and am more after very beginner stuff (hiragana+katana) and upper-level textbooks just in case there were any people would recommend.
Although it also seemed that way to me at first, I started extensively using dictionaries and other resources to help me read the more difficult texts, which were normally the first ones in each chapter. I also bought the teacher’s guide, which does provide translations for all of the front of chapter texts and dialogues, and also for the grammar sentences. In the end I feel it really helps you get rid of the attachment to english that we might have after Genki series or other beginner resources.
RocketLanguages.com, Japanese, is a great source. It goes from beginner to higher levels. It includes reading, vocabulary, writing, grammar, writing (Kana, some kanji), listening, and culture. It has lots of fun reinforcement, and you can learn quickly. I personally love it.