At 7/5/13 07:49 PM, VoidForce wrote:
I've actually started learning Japanese too, I'm currently 20 characters into Hiragana and it's been about a week. My progress should be better, but I've been away the past 4 days so that's my excuse. The recommended places for learning online seem to be Tae Kim's guide as it's well constructed and proper, also Namasensei on YouTube. He's a bit more about the motivation, but his stroke order and handwriting are generally pretty bad.
I actually prefer the idea of the syllables having a consistent pronunciation unlike English letters which seem to very dependent on the words. I reckon English would be quite a hard language to learn for those who have a different first language.
Oh for sure (see pic).
There's an app that's Â£7 on the Mac App Store (and after just checking now apparently it's on basically everything) called Human Japanese and it's absolutely incredible, I mean just wowzers. Not only does it go through hirigana and katakana with stroke order animations you can click nearly anything to hear it being pronounced and it goes through the building blocks of the language, structure and grammar stuff. Not to mention in between language chapters there are just general bits of info on the history, geography and culture of Japan. Oh and the app is just very well designed too which helps.
Once you start learning Kanji of all the resources I've tried WaniKani is hands down king, you'll actually become addicted to learning, and though it starts slow it's very effective and uses a spaced repetition system for maximum retention. You start with a set of radicals and once you're familiar with them you unlock Kanji that are comprised of them, once you can recall those consistently you'll unlock vocab that includes them and when you're answer rate is high enough you level up and get a new set of radicals which can combine with the older ones and it keeps going, the more often you get something wrong the more often it brings it back so it adjusts to your pace and it's always making you eager for the next review session, first two levels are free and the subscription is pretty affordable, but it'll take a while to get through those two so you can get a feel for it, I can't recommend it highly enough though.
Not to mention there's a chrome extension that will replace words on any webpage with their Kanji vocab equivalents, which, while it wont make things suddenly follow proper grammar it really enhances immersion.
Also, I've been using Pimsleurs audio lessons for a while now, the pace of speech in it is more accurate to real life, though of course it's pretty formal, I suppose it's better to learn to speak politely first haha. I recommend that too, and it relies less on 'set phrases' than a lot of other courses.
I'm sure you've heard of Anki by now, I'm not a fan but hey, different strokes for different folks.
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