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Recommended order/supplement?

First, I'd like to say I'm really happy Japanese is on Duolingo now. I've waited for this since like 2012 or 2013, and I just found out about it yesterday.

Anyways, I want to try to do this 50exp/day thing here. However, I know that I won't fully grok Japanese to a near-native level with just Duolingo and that it will take a few years, at least, to get there as it is.

Duolingo just seems like a good jump-off point to get back into trying to learn Japanese, and I think it can help form good habits.


  • Duolingo & Tae Kim's Introduction to Grammar


  • Read NHK-Easy
  • An Introduction to Japanese Syntax, Grammar, and Language


  • An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese


  • Tobira (for completion)


  • RTK (filling out any missing kanji)


  • Mining / Learning as I go

Is this an effective strategy and would anyone have recommendations that aren't Genki I / II? Or is this a pretty solid route to follow? Supplementing media during this process, of course. (i.e. dramas, anime, music, playing games with my friends, etc.)

Thank you for your time, - Ashton

November 18, 2017



Kanzen Master and Nihongo-so-matome are really good textbooks if you can find them. They both have textbooks for beginner to high level Japanese.

Kanzen does not have any English. This is good for anyone who wants to avoid English translations and is willing to put effort into looking up words. Might be better from intermediate though.

Nihongo-so-matome does have tiny English translations.


You didn't say what your (approximate) level of Japanese is. For example, I find NHK Easy far from easy (I shudder to think what they consider "hard", or even "regular").

Many of the other sources you list I am not familiar with. Supplemental things I find helpful:

Graded readers to activate your vocabulary. As the name says, they come in different levels. I meet with a friend from class, and we take turns reading and translating the sentences. Really fun!

Conversation opportunities. For me, I find that understanding spoken Japanese is really hard. So I have tried tandem partners and language meets. I have also lucked into a class where we have to break into conversation quite a lot - that really helps.

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