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Posted 7/7/14
Thought I would ask here if anyone would know. I was wondering which was a better book to start learning Japanese? I just bought, I think, is the newer version of Japanese from Zero. I was wondering if Genki is a better book? J-list recommended it and was wondering if it was better.
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Posted 7/22/14
I've been working on learning for a couple of months so far. Writing hasn't gotten to far... but with my audio lessons I've learned introductions, where your from , what you do, time, numbers, and age. ^.^ I have a basic understanding of the numbers I am in no way fluent with them yet. I feel like I'm doing it all backwards though. I have a book that teaches me how to write but not what I'm writing. A book that teaches me how to read but not write, and audio lessons that I listen to in my car that do not correspond to what I'm learning in my work book. Regardless I am having fun and learning even if it is at a snails pace ^.^ I will definitely begin checking out the web sites listed here! Thank you Lorreen for this Thread!
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Posted 8/7/14
Some excellent links here! Thank you very much! I'm about 4 months into self teaching with 1 book and anime. Slow but working. These links should speed things up!
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Posted 8/11/14
You can use http://lang-8.com/ basically you help correct posts people make in your language and when you make a post in whatever language you're trying to learn, the native speakers of that language help you.


For Japanese, Dr. Moku really helped me with Hirgana and Katakana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdJdRwjPVkM

I got the app from the android market, I usually practice when I'm sitting around somewhere with nothing to do.
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Posted 8/13/14 , edited 8/13/14
I use Memrise: http://www.memrise.com/
It's free! Be aware though, a lot of lessons have typing sections that require you to type in the actual language that you're learning. The reason I bring this up is because sometimes it won't work. You might type it correctly but it will still count as wrong. However, I've been told that it's a problem that's being worked on at the moment.
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Posted 9/2/14
Feel free to alter the post if these links have already been posted but after checking all the others I'll post my method lol.

I've been using http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/complete It has everything from pronunciations to hiragana/katakana strokes and even has most of the grammar covered as well.

As for studying methods, I usually just use http://ankisrs.net/ it's a flash card app. You can use it to make your own personal flashcard sets, or you can look on the website for prebuilt card sets that cover anything from kanji to JLPT5-1 vocab.

Hope this helps a bit.
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Posted 9/7/14
I'll come back here when I awake, I need to find a site to learn basic Japanese so I can take a trip and not know what I'm been told, and knowing what I eat and how to get around in trains.
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Posted 10/1/14
This thread is really helpful for finding resources to learn Japanese outside of a classroom, but is there a thread for finding friends to practice with? I think one of the best things to do is take what you know and apply it, so it'd be really cool to have a thread about that... Maybe I'll start one!

I feel like I should contribute something here as well, but there have already been a lot of links... I'm taking classes for Japanese at my university right now, and we're using the Nakama 1a and 1b books this year. They're nothing spectacular, but they do a decent job of explaining grammar points and giving dialogue opportunities. I also use the accompanying student activity manual, which comes with audio and writing exercises. If you're willing to spend some money, I would recommend them!

Also, if you're willing to spend money and want to learn hiragana and katakana, I'd suggest buying moekana on the crunchyroll store; they're cute flashcards that have vocab on them as well. I made some of my own flashcards based off their design to practice my vocab too, and they're really helpful! I find that I learn things more quickly and retain them when I can attach them to pictures rather than just straight word-for-word translation.
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Posted 10/8/14
I've recently found http://www.memrise.com/. And although you've got to do a bit of digging, there are "lessons" there for Japanese. I'm currently working one called "Start Reading Japanese", which helps you learn and memorize kanji(?). I can tell you right now it's been super helpful. I'm only on level 8, but I can almost read it basic Japanese, so long as its simple haha. I haven't tried the other lessons yet, I'll save those till after I'm done with this current one.
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I only have experience with Spanish (intermediate level speaker) and extremely minimal experience with learning Japanese Kana. It is important to actually speak the language with someone: lover, coworker, friend, online exchange partner, whatever, this is the most important thing. I have seen people study English for 5+ years, but never learn to say anything because they fear they will make mistakes. My opinion who cares, make the mistakes with your friends, build confidence and have fun.

For reading, I like reading kids books, I read the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid in Spanish very funny and the vocabulary was pretty easy.

For listening I'd recommend soap oprahs, cartoons, basically something where the characters speak with a neutral accent and slowly and clearly. While music can help build interest in the language I find it somewhat difficult to learn from listening to it unless you have a pretty decent understanding of the language, mostly due to the amount of symbolism.

I cannot recommend traveling enough, I studied abroad for next to nothing (paying directly to the foreign University and cutting out the expensive American middle man) and had a great time.

For learning you can do traditional classes which is probably the best method if you have a lot of money, but if you don't online courses combined with conversation partners and books you find interesting and are not too difficult are the way to go!
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