https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KairaaLuvsAnime

Tips?

I having trouble getting the hang of Japanese. DO you have any tips or Tricks to help me out?

October 2, 2018

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

I recommend using a lot of other sources alongside Duo, especially in the beginning. Duo isn't the best at explaining grammar. Tae Kim's grammar guide tends to be a staple reading for all things grammar. I also recommend Japanesepod101 and Japanese Ammo with Misa on youtube for their absolute beginners lessons that are really great.

If you're having trouble with learning the hiragana and katakana Tofugu has some good mnemonic guides. There's also Kana Invaders as someone posted yesterday, and a game called Slime Forest Adventure that will also begin you on kanji after the kana lessons.

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KairaaLuvsAnime

Thanks so much! I appreciate it a bunch!

October 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Even148703

Since Swisidniak and Kelly already gave some good suggestions based on kana and grammar, I'll talk about wonderful kanji! (I love me some kanji)

  • First off, I know there is a LOT of kanji to learn, but take it a day at a time and don't rush. Don't Sonic your way into 鍵 right away, but 日、火、and 水 instead. Way easier and less likely to develop hair-pulling tendencies :) Jisho.org is a great kanji dictionary that will show you the stroke order, meanings, readings, words in context, and so on.

  • Don't overwork yourself, this goes for life and language learning in general, not just kanji. If you overwork yourself every day you'll burn out, and that isn't productive! Keep realistic, small goals for that day or throughout the week or month. No 20 kanji in a day, but 1-3 since you're starting out, or once you get used to it, any amount that feels comfortable! If you manage to learn a single kanji a day that means 365/366 (if it's a leap year) learned! Even if you can't manage one a day, that's still a lot of kanji learned regardless :).

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Even148703

It didn't want to show up!! Dang it. Well, here's the final paragraph at least:

  • Finally, I recommend practicing writing the kanji down. Writing is said to help with remembering what's written down compared to writing it on the computer, though both have a purpose of course. I find writing something repeatedly on the computer helps me remember things better too, especially the keystrokes. Note: These methods can work with more than just kanji, just takes a little editing for some and none at all for others. Hope this helped you :).
October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KairaaLuvsAnime

Thanks sooooo much. I appreciate it highly!

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Even148703

No problem :)

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaddieChan_

Ahh, i see. I may only be level 2, but I've been studying Japanese way long before i joined Duolingo. I recommend trustworthy sites, and accurate translators.

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Even148703

What trustworthy sites do you recommend? I know of Tae Kim's Guide to Japanese, Jisho.org, Puni Puni Japan, Wasabi-jpn.com, NHK News Easy, and Japanese-online.com. Do you know of any others to help with learning Japanese?

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KairaaLuvsAnime

Yes, if you have any other website recommendations, please let me know!

October 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelly_Tacker

I'm using an app called LingoDeer on mobile. It's way better at explaining grammar than Duo.

October 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KairaaLuvsAnime

Thank you! I will check it out!

October 3, 2018
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