Step-1: Learn Japanese — Fun & Simple!
Learning a language like Japanese has never been easier — or more fun! With forums for discussing methods that work for individual learners, flashcard programs like Anki, tons of anime and manga to help us practice our listening and reading — and of course the Heisig method for remembering the meanings of kanji, we can really take learning in a new and exciting direction! The key is actually extremely simple: all one requires is (1) the right attitude, and (2) the right tools for the job! If language-learning has seemed intimidating in the past, fear not — because this website will help you keep the learning process fresh, easy and exciting no matter your age or proficiency level! When it comes to languages, my motto is Fun gets done! What’s more is that I’ll be providing you with concrete explanations of multiple learning systems for daily progress! I’ll also point you in the right direction to find further resources that will increase your learning process such as local private tutors, fun social networks and much more! Most of the resources offered on this site have been tried and tested by many, and are absolutely free! The following is a list of resources to help you get started on your journey to fluency:
Japanese TV shows
Mysoju.com hosts Japanese TV shows; I highly recommend Great Teacher Onizuka! In later articles I’ll go over how to use Japanese T.V., movies and anime to help improve your Japanese. For now watching and listening to Japanese media will simply serve to expose your brain to the sound of the language, so that you get used to hearing it — which will eventually go a long way in improving your listening skills!
Anki is a (free!) computer program that will show flashcards when you need to see them, and hide the ones you already know. Using Anki I’ve learnt the meaning of up to 50 kanji every day for three weeks straight — that’s 1 000 kanji! Simply put it’s not only fun to see your progress increase in leaps and bounds — but to realize that with the right tools, it was easy too! You can download the program here.
James Heisigs’ Remembering the Kanji (Vol.1 & Vol.3) A full review on this later, but for now it’s enough to say that learning the meaning of 10 to 50 kanji every day has never been easier! The learner uses this book in parallel with the Anki program. One place you can purchase a copy is on Amazon.com!
It’s a small start for now — but I’ll be guiding you step-by-step to help you build your own customized Japanese learning environment, while working on keys aspects of the language. If you combine the tools, lessons and methods presented on this site with a private tutor or your own classroom experience, you may find yourself with an explosive and highly personalized learning experience!