https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

Supplements for the Japanese Course

Seeing as much of the course is still in Beta and I'd reason it would take a long while assuming it's possible to become fluent with just DuoLingo, here are some books online and free to access that can help. (They are PDF's, just a heads up for those with limited space)

https://ia800201.us.archive.org/29/items/Genki/Genki%20-%20Elementary%20Japanese%20I.pdf - More of a traditional textbook (one some of you may recognize), goes over various things in Japanese. First few pages are in Japanese, switches to English afterwards.

http://www.guidetojapanese.org/grammar_guide.pdf - For those who don't understand the grammar, particles or the likes.

http://lukeranieri.com/japanese/files/Heisig-RememberingTheKanji_vol1.pdf - This covers a lot of Kanji and focuses on memorizing them without doing the traditional write it over and over and over again.

Best of luck to you all, hope these help for anyone having trouble!

Edit:

Several other courses and apps were mentioned in the comments so I'll be adding them up here as more come in and have them divided by what's free, what's not and what has a premium paid option but is still helpful without a premium. Those I haven't tried and can't try I'll leave what other users mentioned about it underneath.

Free,

LingoDeer (App) - "If you want an app that is similar to DuoLingo but presents more grammar info, I would strongly recommend LingoDeer. It does a great job presenting new vocabulary and grammar concepts with clear explainations. And it is divided into bite-sized lessons just like DuoLingo. Very cute and polished little app." Katherine97727 LingoDeer also has lessons on Chinese and Korean. EDIT; LingoDeer now offers Vietnamese, Spanish, French, German, and Portugese.

http://www.linguti.com/ (Website) - Linguti similarly teaches several other languages. It's entirely free and has a sort of game-like system. The website also has a language partner system

Buy,

https://www.wanikani.com/ (Website) - "Personally I've found WaniKani the most useful, to the point that it's now my main resource. It's for Kanji and vocabularly, and after a few months, I'm starting to actually know much of the vocab here on Duo. I also think it's probably more applicable to real life Japanese (because most is written in Kanji). It's a fun SRS app, kinda Duolingo esque." - John-JoseN "And I can second WaniKani, I have almost entirely switched over there. Although their primary focus is on learning Kanji so you'll have to look mostly elsewhere for the grammar. The community is very active though." - sn2112

https://www.japanesepod101.com/index.php (Website) - This is a Japanese Podcast. I'm listing it under the buy section though it does have some free options, I don't suggest using it without a sub. Most of their podcasts are walled behind a pay option. It's a good option if you can afford the monthly payments. In addition, they have several other versions of this Podcast in other languages.

Has Premium,

https://www.memrise.com/courses/english/japanese-4/ (Website/App) - There's a website version and an app version of this. It's customizable in the fact you can create your own courses and there are pre-made courses available. Both by other people and the official Memrise team. You can only add unofficial courses to your list through the website. One important note, the official courses are good and the app is available on both Apple and Android but you must have premium if you use the app on an Apple. Unofficial courses work on both Apple and Android meanwhile. Memrise also teaches many other languages.

February 19, 2018

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

Forgot to add, the Kanji book doesn't list the Furigana for the Kanji. So here's a Dictionary for that.

http://www.romajidesu.com/kanji/

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BJCUAl

furigana:)

February 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

Thanks, fixed the typo. :) One would think after getting weird typos like "the cat combusted" I'd be more weary but it seems not. x3

February 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/John-JoseN

Personally I've found WaniKani the most useful, to the point that it's now my main resource. It's for Kanji and vocabularly, and after a few months, I'm starting to actually know much of the vocab here on Duo.

I also think it's probably more applicable to real life Japanese (because most is written in Kanji). It's a fun SRS app, kinda Duolingo esque.

Free for first three levels but then paid. (No financial conflicts for me, just a happy customer).

https://www.wanikani.com

February 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

I'll have to check out Wanikani then. :) I may give it a try if the pricing isn't too high.

February 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sn2112

Woah, you found the entire Genki textbook online?

And I can second WaniKani, I have almost entirely switched over there. Although their primary focus is on learning Kanji so you'll have to look mostly elsewhere for the grammar. The community is very active though.

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

It was actually linked to me by a good friend of mine also learning Japanese. So thanks to him for that.

I may update/edit then and add WaniKani to the list. Or turn it into a MasterList of resources, books and everything else. :) May I ask if there's anything you personally recommend?

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sn2112

memrise.com is another good website for words. I am making my own personal course on it so it's customizable, like Tinycards. And speaking of tinycards, I've heard the website Anki is much like it, though I haven't used it myself so I can't say how it works. (More of a pen and paper studier, personally) As for grammar, Bunpro.jp highlights a lot of good grammar points and also has an SRS review system. Useful for drilling those points into your memory. Those are the big ones I can think of.

February 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hezaa1

thanks very much - very thoughtful!

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

Happy to help! :)

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MariyanaVo

These are great! Thank you!

February 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

Happy to help! :)

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lkpoliveira

Thanks man, really helpful to us

February 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

Happy to help! :)

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jam_Pie

Thanks!

February 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

Happy to help! :)

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/HaleOgsuz

Thank you so much for those useful documents.

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

Happy to help! :)

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/nick557563

Are you sure the Genki link isn't in copyright? Also, is the Heisig link covered by copyright?

February 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

I'm afraid I don't know. All I know is they were shared with me and they don't have any viruses. Sorry, wish I could answer that. :(

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DestinyCall

If you want an app that is similar to DuoLingo but presents more grammar info, I would strongly recommend LingoDeer.

It does a great job presenting new vocabulary and grammar concepts with clear explainations. And it is divided into bite-sized lessons just like DuoLingo. Very cute and polished little app.

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnathBurne

I did check that out, it seemed pretty useful. I'll add it to the list. :3 Thanks for the input and please forgive the delayed reply. Everyone in my apartment has been sick with the flu.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LauraSchan

Following this thread for easy access to the resources! :D

October 8, 2018
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