So recently, I had a new follower of my blogs, I went to his profile page and oh boy did I find so much helpful information its amazing. He has this website that allows you to learn languages purely based on self growth and goals. There are recommended goals that are given to you if you do not know what to look for. I believe this is very helpful because I connected this with Anki and set my goal to learn 5 hiragana per day. By doing this I have a goal to work for and a website that gives me a motive for studying hiragana. I am sure that this will get me very far in Japanese. So thank you! I will link you to the website if you want to use and also because he deserves it!
Welcome to day 1. I was able to find some strategies to remember hiragana and katakana, mnemonic devices. When I was researching on how to learn new languages, a large quantity of resources pointed to using mnemonic devices when you are introduced to new languages that use different script(s) then your native script(s). I was also able to find many websites and apps that purely try to help you on learning Japanese. I will be giving credit to these websites and apps since they will be helping me on this journey.
I also did try studying hiragana since I was able to find out that it was the easiest to remember and the most used script in Japanese. I was able to learn about 15 of 46. I am trying to learn the actual hiragana before learning stroke order. Yes, you heard me right, there is a specific way you must write each and every character of the Japanese language. So I must remember the stroke order of the 46 hiragana, about 46 katakana, and just a bit over 2100 kanji. The kanji is going to be hard, but I can do this.
Resources that I am using:
- http://www.japanesepod101.com (Probably the most helpful of the bunch, it has so many lessons you can take it is insane, and it has already seemed to amaze me. You should definitely check this one out!)
- http://www.guidetojapanese.org (Not as fun and interactive as these other resources, but extremely helpful, it helped me understand what path I should take when trying to learn Japanese.)
- Anki (Computer application that helps you remember anything, in this case I am using it to help me remember Japanese hiragana, and possibly more scripts in the future. You can use add-ons created from other users that gives you a course to help remember Japanese so you don’t have to make one.)
- Duolingo (IOS app that helps you learn new languages, I picked Japanese in this case. It is very helpful, it makes the learning seem fun.)
- Memrise (Much like Duolingo, except it has different learning modes and small games here and there that makes the Japanese learning process much more interactive and fun.)
- Innovative (An IOS app the is linked with japanesepod101.com to help you learn Japanese on the go straight through their lessons.)
See you tomorrow!
P.S. Feel free to use the resources above to learn Japanese for yourself!
This is the day before everything unravels. I don’t necessarily want to learn any Japanese, but I will research what is to be expected when I jump into this journey tomorrow. There is not much to say right now but I plan to see some studying strategies and things to give me a head start when I start to actually try and learn this new language. I plan to learn this by January 1st. A killer 156 days of studying await me, but oh my will it help me out in the long run. Plus this may become a habit of mine.
See you tomorrow!
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