Post Reply What Online Japanese Learning Sites Did People Use?
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Posted 11 days ago
So, I've been learning Japanese on and off for 4 years. I feel like I made no progress but I can understand some words and grammar and read a bit of kanji and kana so it isn't a waste. My problem is that I learn better with a teacher right there helping me out. Problem is that there isn't too many colleges near me that have such a thing. I decided to want to either private online tutoring or just straight out online classes.

I have been looking thru google and other sites, but I can't tell if things are reliable or not...scams and/or just not a great place to learn to get the N5 and other skills up for me to try to even take those tests. My question to those that have done such online study work either privately or online classrooms is....where did you go to learn what was needed and how well the teachers are/were.

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Posted 11 days ago
I like language exchange apps, additionally you get to know tons of people and can help others out
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Posted 11 days ago
1 - learn to read/write kana thoroughly. don't rely on romaji. do not proceed to step 2 until you get this down pat. practice: realkana.com
2 - start learning kanji, and keep adding at least a few every week. start with grade 1 kanji and those which interest you.
3 - common phrases
4 - sentences and grammar

I'm fine with learning gradually at my own pace. If I was to go with online courses, I would seriously consider japanesepod101.com. They seem reputable to me.

Useful spaced repetition flashcard software: Anki
It's free and cross-platform. You can download pre-made decks, but I prefer to build my own decks and add kanji and vocabulary as I go.

Essential online dictionary: jisho.org
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When I was taking it in high school, my Japanese teacher had us use this site with a huge array of learning tools. The URL is long but if you google "Erin Japanese" it'll take you to the site. It's sort of fast paced but it's very immersive
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Posted 8 days ago

sena3927 wrote:I would seriously consider japanesepod101.com. They seem reputable to me.


jpod101 have no quality control. they make elementary mistakes. screenshots showing the basic errors:

link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7Miaa3pChA

instead of using online sources, which can be completely wrong, i would recommend getting an actual textbook written by reputable Japanese professors. Genki book is highly regarded. minna no nihongo might work too, but it's probably difficult if you're starting out.
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Posted 8 days ago
^ seem like nitpicking ^ (i don't know much about japanesepod, just that they offer personal online help/tutoring which is something the question poster asked about. people can search for reviews and make up their own minds.)

Additional thoughts on how to approach kanji...
- focus on the most frequently used ones
- it helps to learn the radicals (some of them are kanji on their own) that make up complex ones

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Posted 7 days ago
punipunijapan.com - Cute and helpful lessons, videos, and other stuff.

kakehashijapan.com - Online tutoring thru Skype. (I have no idea how reputable they are. The free trial gives you one lesson.)
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