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Easy and helpful guides for beginners, some of the beginners stuff has very helpful videos
More help, this time with even more advanced stuff than what Tae Kim goes into on his site iirc
Helpful flashcard program to help you with whatever you're trying to learn.

If I forgot anything please post it below! How're those kanji coming along, anon?


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I just started, but I don't plan on learning kanji. By not learning I mean not actively learning. What I am going to is just look up things every time I encounter them, and it just naturally sticks after a while. E.g. 死, I remember it from Chinese but nonetheless I never actually "learnt" it nor can I write it by hand. However, I can recognise it when I see it, which is all I need. I am not sure about the others, but this approach suits my learning style, so perhaps someone else can go with it too.
Now that I think about it, all the characters I know I have learnt when I was learning Chinese.


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>How're those kanji coming along, anon?
I'm on about 3K right now, and I'd say 1.5K confidently - but what I really ought to be focusing on is grammar at this point.

Also, take a pdf.

>Now that I think about it, all the characters I know I have learnt when I was learning Chinese.
Never knew you learned Chinese, that's pretty cool.


It was just for a month really, and then I realised Chinese for me was more or less cope for not wanting to learn Japanese. Then I migrated. Frankly, I had no input for Chinese, and pronunciation is hell, so in the end it wasn't the right choice for me. So far comfy with nihongo.


I have ibus-mozc on Loonix for input, it has worked perfectly fine for the past year. It is a mild irritation that an input method depends on GTK, but only a mild one. Might try another.

I can't comment on pronunciation, but at least I can see that there's several input methods for Chinese available:

I assume Windows has something integrated, I wouldn't know.


Noooo, I meant language input as in input for my brain to learn, not keyboard input haha. With Japanese I have animu, mangos, LNs, and there's even futaba and all that. With Chinese I had really nothing, not to mention that even if I did, I simply lack the experience to make anything out of it. I have to look up every symbol, and often a combination of symbols is one word which means I need a way of knowing whether I need to look up a single symbol or a pair. There's also the difference in language philosophy. I am acquainted with the Japanese philosophy(logic behind the language I mean) but not with the Chinese one.

By the way, can you add a refresh button and the ability to quick quote by clicking the post number?


Ah alright, that's fair. I have consumed a lot of Japanese content for many years, from a fairly young age. For all intents and purposes, I really should have started sooner.

My reasoning was basically: if I actually learned this language, it would stick with me very easily, because of how much I can put it to use.

>By the way, can you add a refresh button and the ability to quick quote by clicking the post number?

Quick quote is already done, click the number and a quick-reply box will come up. As for update, it auto-updates, but you can also click "[Update]" at the bottom of the page.


Oh right, I wasn't actually clicking the number. In my case, Japanese also sticks easily due to having heard all those language constructs hundreds of times. I am learning grammar and constructs right now. That is, I finished a book about them, so now I will reattempt reading Yotsubato! It's not easy by any means, but now I have an idea about the basic constructs and the general structure of the language, so it should be more productive. To be perfectly honest, lack of kanji makes it harder because it's harder to look things up that way.


I completely forgot
Useful Japanese dictionary, particularly wrt Kanji


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I can very strongly recommend the Yomichan extension for Firefox, all you have to do is hold down a hotkey and hover over a word and you'll get a floating dictionary window for it.
It can also create anki cards automatically and you can use whatever dictionarys you want with it in case you want J-J or something.
The only downside is being forced to use Firefox (also don't get too reliant on it, if you fall into the habit of just instantly looking up anything slightly challenging you'll never get real practice)


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Why yes, I know absolutely 0 kanji, what is it that gave me away?


It occured to me to mention DJT Guide [https://djtguide.neocities.org/guide.html] - even though a lot of what's here is covered elsewhere by other resources already in this thread, I've been making use of a 6K deck for Anki from there [https://djtguide.neocities.org/anki.html].

It's structured in such a way that you'll often be introduced to an isolated kanji first, then begin to see it in conjunction with other characters after you're already familiar with it, which I find is better for building up an understanding.


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Reading continues to be a painful experience. Did anything in particular motivate you through it besides sheer willpower?


Or perhaps I should ask: what reading material are you using to learn?

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