Quick Japanese resources I use regularly

There are the big, time-consuming things I do for my language learning, like taking a class and working through my textbook. But then there are some smaller, quicker things I do to activate vocabulary or kanji. Here are three:

(1) Japanese Word of the Day

I use their RSS feed, and so every day, I get another word, used in a sentence, displayed both in kanji and romaji. Useful!

(2) Wanikani twitter feed

They do #RealLifeKanji posts at least once a week, and it's fun to figure out what is shown. (User comments help too.)

(3) Duolingo Club Daily Challenge

I have come to really like this - it's pretty much the only reason for me to be in a club. Every day, there is a different task - it may be a listening comprehension exercise, or a word smash, or a discussion question, and you have to respond in writing. It's great for activating those words you kind of know - but what were they again? Yes, they use kanji not taught in the course but a lot of them (練習 practice, 教えて tell, お気に入りfavorite) come up again and again, and I have also gotten a lot better at writing unfamiliar ones into Google Translate.

So - I hope this inspires some of you to try these. Have fun!

November 8, 2018


Thank you for your nice and helpful information!

November 9, 2018


November 13, 2018
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