What are good online resources for learning Japanese?
8 months ago
These are the best resources I've found so far for studying Japanese. I wish someone had told me about them when I first began studying. Lang-8 On Lang-8, you can post writing exercises in Japanese and have them corrected by native speakers. You're also encouraged to correct other people's English, or any other language you speak. You can also message people, make friends, and join groups related to learning Japanese. NEWS WEB EASY This website has news articles written in easy Japanese. It also includes furigana for all the kanji, as well as definitions for some of the more difficult words. Kanji Alive This website lets you type in a kanji to learn its definition and stroke order. You can also see a description of each kanji's history, as well as several example words and sentences. You can even see how it's written in different fonts. For me, this is one of the best ways to study new kanji, because they break it down and explain what how the different parts come together. (Though sometimes I don't trust their explanations and I'll just create my own.) Denshi Jisho - Online Japanese dictionary This is an online dictionary that I find especially useful. I prefer to use the beta version, which I like a little better. You can type in Japanese words in kana or romaji, and you can also type in words in English to find their Japanese translations. Japanese Grammar Guide This is the famed Tae Kim's Grammar Guide. I've found it useful for looking up explanations of grammar concepts that Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese made a little too confusing. Google is also your new best friend - if you don't understand a grammar concept, look it up! Someone out there has probably had the same question, and someone else has probably had an answer. Learning Japanese Language Games Ah, nostalgia! This is the website I used years ago to learn kana. I played the Hiragana and Katakana Alphabet Games religiously. In the beginning, I scanned the kana chart a couple of times and then reviewed with this game. I think using games to learn kana might be the best way, though it won't teach you how to write. Other Resources Anki - powerful, intelligent flashcards This isn't really an online resource, but I've found Anki to be somewhat helpful, though I'm not in love with it. I think it's definitely good for practicing new vocabulary, kanji, and sentence structures. Anime Lyrics dot Com - This may not be interesting to everyone, but I like it. I like studying Japanese through music, and it's helpful to have the lyrics to my favorite songs, including the kanji. That way, I can read the kanji as I'm listening. I can also compare the original to the English translation to learn new vocab and grammar concepts. iTunes Radio Again, this isn't exactly an online resource, though it is internet radio. I like using it to listen to Japanese songs. It's better than just listening to the same songs from anime over and over again. Japanese Level Up Even though this website doesn't provide grammar explanations, it's useful for people who are self-studying and aren't sure what to do. Crunchyroll I like using crunchyroll to watch anime because, for many shows, they give you the option to turn subtitles on and off. They also have a large selection. I've been watching Bunny Drop because it's easy to understand, for the most part. On a semi-unrelated note, I just started HabitRPG, which I like because I'm lazy and have difficulty managing my foreign language learning when left to my own devices. These are the best resources I've found thus far. Hopefully other people will find them useful, too.
7 months ago