One of my all time goals has been to learn Japanese. However, every time I began the quest I would get dismayed about the long journey ahead of me. This would bring about feelings of frustration and I would inevitably quit. It has been over a decade since I first attempted to learn and had a stuck with it I would be extremely proficient by now. Just think of all the shows and manga I could watch and read in their native Japanese language.
But, as they say, the best time to plant a tree is yesterday, the second best time is now. So I am learning again. I have found a YouTuber called ToKini Andy who has a lot of guides on how to learn Japanese. I am quite fond of his teaching style so I'll probably follow close to his instructions.
So far my plan of attack (which was shamelessly stolen from one of his videos) for the first bit is like so:
- Learn Hiragana and Katakana together
- Buy 1000 Essential Vocabulary for the JLPT N5
- Buy the Genki workbook and textbook, then watch This video by ToKini Andy
- Buy Remembering the Kanji
Points 2, 3 and 4 will most likely happen at the same time. I have luckily managed to find them all on sites that aren't amazon. I despise amazon and prefer not to use it whenever I have the chance.
According to ToKini Andy this will take me about a year. I also plan to bust out the old 3DS and grab a few language learning games from there. Apparently there is a lot.
If you have any advice let me know! Or even just tell me how your learning journey went! Or even just say おはよう!
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