Everyone faces some sort of challenge when starting to study a new language.
Below I have listed some common issues people have when starting to study Japanese with suggestions you may find helpful.
- Kanji 漢字 – Kanji can be daunting for anyone who is used to the Roman alphabet. Below are some super useful tips to help you from Japanesepod101.
Another resource is the book ‘Remembering the Kanji’ .You can buy it here from Amazon though this link Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not To Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters
2. Japanese Grammar – PuniPuni has a super helpful YouTube channel that accompanies their website. You are taught Japanese by cute funny aliens… enough said.. just check it out. Below is the link to their videos on Grammar. For more information you can visit their website at www.punipunijapan.com/ .
Japanesepod101 also does a video on grammar.
3. Reading and Writing Hiragana and Katakana – Look no farther than the Dr Moku app! This app is a brilliant learning tool and it really does help you learn with a fast and effective method. There is a lite version; then you can upgrade for a small cost which is totally worth it if you are serious about studying. This app also teaches some basic kanji. Dr Moku has samples of the app content on YouTube. I will post a video below for your reference. You can find the app on Google Play and App Store.
4. Reading Practice – Want to practice reading? Check out these two videos.
5. Making Japanese friends – I can speak from personal experience that http://www.conversationexchange.com is a great website. I have met at least two people face-to-face through this site. It’s free and easy to use.
6. Japanese counters – helpful video below.
Conclusion – The internet is flooded with resources to help you learn Japanese. What I have listed is just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t be afraid to dig deeper with Google and YouTube to find that website or channel that speaks to your individual learning style.