Extra Study Resources ???
Hey !! I'm learning Japanese right now, and this is a language I actually really want to engage myself in. I find the grammar really interesting etc etc etc. So I was wondering, do any of you have any resources to help me study Japanese? I use Memrise, and I have some Genki textbooks, plus some Kanji Learner's Course textbooks, TangoRisto news articles, and I also go through tofugo a lot ( tofugu.com ) for study help and just articles about Japanese culture in general. (Also I watch a lot of anime but I'm going to pretend I didn't say this because I know that's not like extremely reliable other than going "Wait did he just say いただきます ?? Wow I know what that means" everytime someone says something I recognize). So yeah, it would be nice if you could supply me with some extra study stuff, especially for a proper beginner.
I use Human Japanese and I'm thinking about this website satori reader that is supposed to be somewhat like the bots in other languages on duolingo but more advanced. I also listen to Japanese music(shibuya-kei as of late) and had a few online pen pals when I first started but I'm waiting until I finish this time so I can get the grammar right
What's your level? I recommend the manga "Yotsuba to!" (よつばと！) as it's written from the point of view of a small child who asks a lot of questions about what more difficult words mean and about what's going on around her.
Also, "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar" by Seiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui will help you put sentences together.
Finally, imabi.net can take you from ultra beginner to fairly advanced.
There's a cool app called "Drops" which is pretty good for expanding your vocabulary. Unless you pay, you can only use it for 5 minutes, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's bad. The creators say that it's good because it doesn't overload your brain with new words and so therefore learning is more efficient. It also has an amazing interface, it is very clean and aesthetically pleasing.
I'm a complete beginner and I found the PBS series "Irasshai" useful, especially at first.. The whole series is available online in the U.S.. It can be a little simplistic and slow paced, but there is some good information in there, especially in the second season when they start introducing kanji.
"Japanese Ammo" is very good, it's both a website and a YouTube channel.