Resources

A really good vocabulary learning website for beginners, goes up to 6000 words. It’s paid, and it’s pricy, but it drills the vocab into your head like no other source.

A website I really like. Also has a paid version (worth every penny in my book), can’t really say much about the free variant as I went pro as soon as I tried it. Good system for vocab learning, goes into detail regarding Kanjis and aspects which I feel are neglected (stroke number to strenghten your ability to look them up in the dictionary as well as writing, and Japanese radical names for the fun of it). The grammar drill section is pretty cool for beginners, though I feel it could use more content. My favorite part of the website is the grammar library section, where you can make sentences for each grammar point and they are usually reviews by other users. Very friendly community in the grammar library, and they’re always willing to help discuss grammar points. The site’s only recently had a do-over and I trust that it will get to a much higher level in the future.

My choice of dictionary.

A place to practice production by having personal journals. My only issue with it is that I’m too shy to use it to its fullest. A very good community here, with lots of people willing to help correct your journals <3.

Especially good for beginners. Choose the correct answer type drills for kanji, vocab and reading (and text if you’re willing to donate a couple of bucks). You can also compete against your Facebook friends, and there’s an international high score system which is pretty cool. Has a few bugs when it comes to stats, and the reading section is very frustrating past the N3 level.

Free grammar textbook. Good for beginners.

Really well-done visual explanations to many beginner grammar points. A must-see for beginners.

JLPT resource. Not much, but you get the basics about the JLPT and a few practice drills. The forum has a few gems in it. Always good to go to the first page if you want to panic about how little time there is until the next JLPT :).

A good source for beginner/lower intermediate texts, with audio, text and parallel translation.

Source for sentences in almost all languages of the world. Good idea which I never go around to using much. I loved the Tatoeba add-on for anki, but unfortunately it hasn’t been adapted to anki 2 yet.

A good source for japanese lessons, constantly updating and improving. Good for pretty much any level.

Heisig’s Remember the Kanji SRS-style practice website, filled with user-made stories and advice to help the kanis stick.

Probably the best forum for Japanese learners out there :). Good community with people of all levels who are always willing to help.

Anki, a SRS-style program in which you can upload decks and learn better. Hard to explain. Just try it.

A good source for Japanese learning podcasts. Very good for beginners, pretty good for lower-intermediate learners. Not much for advanced users, but it can be a good bonus. Very annoying spam-line mails, though.

Great book explaining particles for beginners.

A good website for buying Japanese books as they offer free shipping once you’ve ordered past 39$. Their offer is pretty limited and kind of pricy, but if you look around enough you can find a few resonably priced gems. Really, given how most sources don’t ship, or cost over 50$ for shipping alone to my country, I love this website.

A great book for kanji learners. It’s meant for people who wish to make writing Kanjis easier, and also servers as a gateway book for beginners, since it presents kanjis in such a manner that they are no longer scary. See the RTK website above for help with making this book even better.

Textbooks I liked: Minna no Nihongo (great for beginners up to N4 level), Kanzen Master (the ultimate JLPT prep book), A dictionary Basic/Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Grammar series (the ultimate grammar dictionaries <3), Basic Kanji Book(great for beginners, though I’d recomment going through RTK first, or supplementing it with other sources), Intermediate Kanji Book(very good with advancing the user, though it can be pretty difficult; doesn’t waste much time).

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