Hi all! What level should I go out and start reading news and manga and such? I know basic grammar (I went through Textfugu a few years back). What levels did you all go out and start reading manga especially? Is there one that’s recommended?
Keep in mind that it will be extremely painful and often tedious when you’re starting out. You will be using a dictionary all of the time. I still use one multiple times per page in a fairly simple novel. Reading in your internet browser might be a good place to start since extensions make looking up words fairly trivial. However, you may never remember the words unless you save them somewhere and turn them into flash cards.
As soon as possible. Start with something like Graded Readers, work your way up to NHK Easy News and easier manga, maybe check out Matcha’s Easy Japanese articles. As noted, it will be painful at first, and you’ll need to keep a dictionary handy, but you’ll also be more aware of the payoffs over time as you get more comfortable with the new kanji and vocab, and this will usually have the effect (in my experience) of making you want to keep learning more. The rewards of feeling that progress will help keep your motivation up.