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Tips for learning Japanese for free?

I've been learning Japanese for a few months, and I have been using Duolingo, Lingodeer, and Tae Kim's Guide to Japanese for the most part. Are there any tips I can get for learning faster and more efficiently to become eventually fluent in basic conversation? Many thanks ^^

November 6, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Azog_Yt

I do not believe but you do not find that Japanese is a difficult language to learn?

November 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/taiga-kun

It is a difficult language to learn, which is why I'm asking about it.

November 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Even148703

All free: Jisho.org (dictionary)(*) Wasabi-jpn.com(*) Learn Japanese Adventure(*) Quizlet (or any flashcard app)(*) Iknow!('s) Japanese core vocabularies (1000, 2000, 3000, 4, 5, and 6)(*) Nihongo Shark(*) Maggie Sensei(*) The Ultra Handy Japanese Verb Conjugator(*) (Japaneseverbconjugator.com) - Seriously, this is great(*) Japanese-online.com(*) NHK News EASY(*) Japanese4you.com(*) 50languages.com - mostly a vocabulary site with quality pronunciation. I'm obsessed with their Korean voice!!(*) Nihongokudasai (Japan'easy)(*) Japanese Ammo With Misa (Youtuber)(*) Tofugu(*) Yahoo - may be crazy, but you get pretty good answers(*) Japanese StackExchange - great people to ask questions to as well(*) Thoughtco - Not a bad source(*) Kawakawa learning studio - their articles are free, not sure about the rest(*) Annnddd that last one off the top of my head I can recall... Learn Japanese Language Online (Japaneselearningonline.com)(*)

Enjoy :). Hope this helps you!

November 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/taiga-kun

ありがとう! These website seem very nice :D

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Even148703

They are! Don't be afraid to venture out though, I've used other sites but can't recall their names.

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Even148703

It won't format right so those(*) are spaces. I also just remembered NHK Easy Japanese too!

November 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ObitoUchiha23

Actually, the best way to learn Japanese is to read and listen to correct Japanese every day.... and understand what you read and listen to. you might want to spent a lot of time listening to the language even if you don't understand, just to get accustomed to Japanese pronunciations. This is call lenguage acquisition.

Watch this video for more details https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J_EQDtpYSNM

November 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ZadquielGarcia

i do not have tips of japonesse but i would like to ask you something. Would you like to create a course of japonesse for spanish speakers?

November 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/taiga-kun

I don't understand Spanish, lo siento

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/narutovithu

vote for you

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuurinkazan.

You could follow the Suggested Guide for Japanese Literacy. (SGJL) https://forum.koohii.com/thread-13875.html to get through all the basics.

Or use the anki decks for Remembering the Kanji vol.1 and Core 6k vocabulary deck, while practicing grammar with Tae Kim, duo and Lingodeer. To the point when you feel you’ve learned enough basics, maybe 2-3k vocab and 800-1000 kanji and all grammar of tae kim at least.

What I’m doing myself is Remembering the Kanji vol.1 (RTK 1) to learn 2200 kanji (including all common use 2136 Jouyou kanji) and I’m finishing it in 4 days. After that I will focus on the Core 6k vocab deck (takes about 12 months to finish) which utilizes roughly ~1600 of those 2200 RTK 1 kanji, and some other non-RTK1 but frequent kanji, for grammar I will finish Tae Kim and then move on to N3 - N2 textbooks, utilizing imabi as well. As soon as I feel confident enough to use native material, other than the easy ones, I will rely on them to get past Intermediate N3-N2, to advanced / fluency. So, shortly, my plan is to achieve N2 level understanding in about a year to year and a half, then it takes maybe 3-7 years to achieve fluency, depends on how hard I study.

Some crazy hard workers have gotten to N1 in about a year. Nothing’s impossible.

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/taiga-kun

This is really insightful. Can you provide links to resources you used (other than Tae Kim's guide)? I really want to become fluent one day and I feel like I have the drive to learn, I just need the resources. ありがとうございます!

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuurinkazan.

Here’s a guide to set up anki and the anki deck for core 6k vocabulary. https://djtguide.neocities.org/anki.html From the same guide https://djtguide.neocities.org/guide.html, you can find other useful tips, check the section for "benefits and drawbacks of isolated kanji study" to learn more about rtk and the anki deck.

頑張って!

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/taiga-kun

すごい! Thanks a bunch, I'll try out Remembering the Kanji and the other materials you recommended ^^

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuurinkazan.

For more free grammar, https://www.imabi.net is a good resource to utilize when you want/need more technical in-depth explanations for grammar. Usually Tae Kim is great way to get a feel to the grammar points, and then if you find something that you don’t quite get, Imabi will break it down for you. It should also cover a lot more grammar than the basics that Tae Kim teaches.

Edit. No problem, you’re welcome.

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/rachh_014

The "Kana School" app is really great for learning Hiragana and Katakana. I love and use all the resources you named, but I also love the "Japanese from Zero" book too. It's great for slowly integrating hiragana and katakana into your vocabulary while teaching grammar and interesting facts about Japan as well. Youtube is also such a great resource, like Japanesepod101. They have so many videos for learning Japanese.

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EbolasGumikacsa

I think memrise is a really useful tool to increase your vocabulary. Duo is more useful for grammar but it only teaches a very limited number of words (~2000 words in other languages, not sure about the japanese course).

November 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DankMemes123455

so you find japanese a difficult language to learn

November 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/rachh_014

So far I find it makes a lot of sense. Although it’s hard because you are learning a new writing system but the actual structure and flow of the language is beautiful and kind of chill in a way. My favorite thing is that they don’t really use her, he, she, or him, as much, but rather if the person is already implied then they just keep it rolling. I heard on the Japanese from Zero YouTube videos that it’s like a tennis match, once the ball is served you just keep it going until it’s no longer in play. So once the topic or subject is set for a conversation you just keep going until a new topic/subject needs to be introduced. It’s definitely such a cool and beautiful language

November 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/taiga-kun

I think it's hard, but anyone can learn it if they put the time and dedication into it!

November 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Tsuyakeshi

Go in the country !

January 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CorinnaKie

I have a forum dedicated to these! Hope it might help :) https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30873255

February 18, 2019
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