Hey all! I know there are a ton of posts like this, but I wanted to share what I’ve been using during the semester and plan on using during the summer before I take Japanese 2. Enjoy my first resource list!
Genki textbooks Here’s an amazon link to all the textbooks Genki has released. They’re all accompanied by CDs for listening activities. I’m currently using this textbookand workbookpair in Japanese 1 and will continue to use them for Japanese 2. I’m not usually big on textbooks, but these are catered towards students learning to study abroad and stay with a host family, so they’re great for foreign learners. They are fairly cheap, but can be rented and purchased as used for those on a budget/only planning on studying specific aspects of the language
Extra Hiragana & Katakana Help– My professor recommended this book to students that need some extra help with writing, and it looks really awesome as a tool used alone and additional tool alongside other books for studying.
Genki Self StudyThis is really great study boost for anyone taking Japanese in school, especially if you’re using the Genki text/workbooks. It includes:
Human Japanese A really cool website/app option for those that prefer to not use textbooks. It was created by an American, so it’s taught in a fashion that might make more sense to a nontraditional learner. My brother used it before moving to Japan and really gained a lot from just the lite version, and after paying for it learned even more.
KatakanaBattle (apple)(android)This is a cute app that has you match the letter with the katakana character as you battle your way through the game. It’s a great way to test yourself while learning and after as a refresher. It’s 99 cents after level 4 and has a total of 21 levels
Hiragana Lite (apple) A free flashcard app for hiragana that can include kanji if you pay for the app. It really helped me when I first began the class and didn’t have too much time to really sit down and learn all the characters in a more classic study fashion.
Genki app This is awesome for those that are willing to pay for it–they’re about 5.99 each, or 12.99 for a bundle with all the apps that go along with every resource Japan Times has published so far. This is a great option for those that are on the go learners, or students that are in Japanese 2+ and need to go back to material learned in earlier classes. I’ll definitely be buying these for the summer before I take Japanese 2.
I’ve been drowning in Yu Yu Hakusho Hell as I’ve been streaming it on Funimation’s website (Link - http://www.funimation.com/shows/yu-yu-hakusho/home), and I’ve never really made text posts before, but I love them and I think they’re hilarious, so this happened. Constructive criticism is appreciated. <3 Also go watch Yu Yu Hakusho. Pls.