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July 1, 2011
16:40
Zen
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Hi everyone, I thought I'd post up some of the resources I have been using for studying Japanese:

Human Japanese: http://www.humanjapanese.com/home.html  –  This is the main piece of software I have been using to learn Japanese.  The CD version I own is a little (or maybe more than just a little) dated, from 1999, but it's still a good resource.  It starts you off with pronunciation and Hiragana, then steps you through the language with themed vocabulary lessons and Katakana on the side.

Japanese, the Manga Way: by Wayne P Lammers (2005, Stone Bridge Press).  This book takes you through grammar with nice Manga illustrations excerpted from magazines as examples.  Probably best used in conjunction with another course like Human Japanese, as the focus in this book is more on gaining a good understanding of grammar rather than speaking.

Kanji Pictographix: by Michael Rowley (1992, also by Stone Bridge Press).  A book of one thousand common Kanji characters separated into logical categories, with illustrations and mnemonics supplied for remembering each one.  I haven't really gotten into learning Kanji much myself as of yet, but mnemonics for Hiragana and Katakana are also given in the front and were helpful for me.

Tae Kim's Guide: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/  –  A very detailed guide to grammar (available as a pdf and also as an iphone app), and also a separate complete guide to the language which is still under construction.

Anki: http://ankisrs.net/  –  The flashcard software that Benny has previously blogged about @ http://www.fluentin3months.com/spaced-repetition/.  I've been using it for memorising vocabulary up until now and it has been quite useful.  However, I will be revamping my flashcard deck so the focus is more on sentences rather than individual words, which I hope will be more practical for speaking situations.

 

Hope this helps, enjoy!

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July 1, 2011
19:03
budonoseito
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Irasshai http://www.gpb.org/irasshai A PBS show from Atlanta. If you know some basics, watch the Season I review shows and jump into Season II. 

 

Erin's Challenge https://www.erin.ne.jp/en/ Is another video lesson show from Japan. 

Speaks: English English Learning:   Japanese   French On Deck:  Spanish    German
July 12, 2011
09:23
jdmoncada
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I am looking to find a Japanese resource, and perhaps others have found what I want.

 

I want a simplified news broadcast in Japanese.  Accompanying text would be a great plus.

I have seen this done similarly with Finnish (called "Selkouutiset"), and I think it's absolutely brilliant.  I have tried to find a Japanese resource that is similar, but so far I have been unsuccessful.

 

So, help please.

Arigatou gozaimasu!

Native: English Intermediate: Finnish, Spanish, German Beginner: Japanese, Russian Flirting : French, Hungarian
July 12, 2011
14:54
budonoseito
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I don't know about news. But, a site that is geared towards kids is http://kids.yahoo.co.jp/  It may be more of the level you are looking for.

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July 15, 2011
20:52
kalek
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Yahoo Kids had news up until about two weeks ago. Unfortunately, it closed.

 

The next best thing, in my opinion, is http://mainichi.jp/life/edu/maishou/ .  It gives furigana for every word so even elementary school children (and learners) can read it.

 

Also, http://news.tbs.co.jp/ has videos and accompanying text, but no furigana and the video and text don't always line up exactly (usually the video is missing a paragraph or two of what the text says).

Speaks: English (natively) Learning: Japanese, Esperanto Maybe later: Korean, Mandarin, Spanish
July 18, 2011
17:49
3nder
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A reasource ive found useful is a Flashcard app for Android to practice learning kana. The kana app is free and there is a purchasable upgrade for Kanji when you're ready for it.

 

Vanilla Kana Flashcards

https://market.android.com/details?id=vanilla.kana.flashcards&feature=search_result

 

Ive also found a good phrasebook app. Its well organized and has good sound clips for each phrase as well as the Romanji.

Learn Japanese Phrasebook

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.codegent.apps.learn.japanese&feature=search_result

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July 27, 2011
00:37
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For those who speak Korean as first language or have knowledge,

I find 일본어무작정따라하기 to be a very good resource.

It's availbe as printed book AND app.

I am far from done but I believe this book introduces Japanese

language in a way that is easy for Korean language speakers to

notice the differences/simliarites. Moreover, the author points out

particular grammatical concepts that Korean language speakers are like

to struggle with due to the perspective/whatever.

September 9, 2013
23:11
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JapaneseMasteryMethod is a must add to the list. For complete beginners, but if you are a beginner it will 

save you a ton of time. Loved it because of the focus on speaking and the teaching techniques. 

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