I do plan on posting a very detailed page on all the resources that have been helping me in my language studies, as well as thorough reviews on each resource, but for now, let’s get a “snapshot” of the things I am using daily.
I’m mostly excited about Japanese, so let’s start with that. I’ll describe my learning style in a later post, but I think you’ll quickly see that I love to learn online, with programs that track my progress. My number one Japanese learning tool (so far) has been:
This is the tool that I give the most credit for getting me up to speed on being able to read and listen to beginning Japanese, starting with Hiragana and Katakana. I first signed up a little over three years ago, but got intimidated both by the Kanji starting to crop up and the drills that accumulated to over 800 a day. I started over a few times, and this third time around, which was February 21, 2017, the grammar lessons that seemed confusing at first, now are a piece of cake. Or, I should say ケーキ.
As you can see, I’m currently level 8. If you go inactive, you will lose your level progress, which makes me very sad, but I guess they think that might keep you using the site everyday. The past three weeks I’m trying to get to it almost everyday, but no big deal if I slide. Anyway, I love the site, but I don’t think it’s very well known. Much more about this resource to come.
I didn’t know about this site for the longest time, it sure would’ve come in handy earlier. I think I may have stuck to learning Japanese rather than give up when I first started. This is the tool that is going to teach me all the Kanji, a major stumbling block for me previously. I absolutely love WaniKani! I’m going to talk it up so much in this blog, so I’ll just leave you with this. I started this February 26th and I’m level 3 out of 60 levels. This website primarily teaches Kanji, but also teaches a ton of vocabulary.
I am. totally. addicted.
Those are the resources I use everyday. I’ll talk about other websites and books and apps I also love for learning Japanese soon.
For Spanish, I’m first brushing up my skills with DuoLingo. I am probably quite a bit higher than 51% fluency, but like I said, I’ve started from the beginning and trying to go through every lesson as a review. I’m trying to do this everyday, and have an 12 day streak going. There’s no excuse not to do a few minutes a day to get your daily streak, it has a mobile app that super easy to use. Maybe too easy, haha.
Practice Makes Perfect
There are a ton of these books for learning various languages! I’ve been using these for Spanish, it helps with writing practice, but I don’t use them everyday.
I use many more resources, but these are just what I plan to use everyday for the next few years.
That’s it for today, keep in mind, I just started a few weeks ago with pursuing my language studies in earnest!