I’m still just a beginner and I’m still trying to found new ways of turning learning japanese more fun. One of things I found randomly was to listen japanese radios while studying. It’s a great way to get used to pronunciation (especially when there’s shows with people only talking), even if a person doesn’t understand everything (or anything), you can start by trying to hear the syllabes in the words and how they pronounce. After a while you also start noticing some words you’ve studied or the interjections/onomatopoeia they use. It works also well when you’re just studying because it makes you feel relaxed (at least i feel like that, i actually missed having the background noise of a radio station while doing something else).
Tumblr: I changed the settings in the dashboard to japanese to get used to it. I also follow a lot of tumblrs that post lots of things with japanese words. That way, if I come to tumblr, instead of being distracted, my dashboard will have got pictures with japanese words, and every time I see something (even if it’s a sign road, a billboard), I can’t contain and I go check what it means. I do that everytime I see a japanese word here or a sentence.
Also related with words I follow in Twitter people that tweet mostly japanese (mostly it’s some band official twitter or band’s member twitters). This is also good to learn more slang words and not just formal ones.
Youtube channel called Japanagos by Chika. I love it because she does the videos in such a fun way. You learn more about the culture and also some words, sentences. I’ve been enjoying it a lot.
About the kanji, I decided the best way (at least for me) would be to study at the same time I study how a word is written. Instead of memorizing all the pronunciations, in the end you know how to write the word, the pronunciation of that kanji in that word. I think it saves a little bit of frustration and fear of all those pronunciations one kanji can have.
A few days ago I had this idea of trying to make my own “magazine” (more like Zine style but in digital form) and include what I’ve been learning with japanese. I’ve made a list of contents I could put and organized in categories. I want to have things more easily organized (instead of being in a lot of notebooks) and hopefully share it with other people that are learning. Even if there might be some mistakes (but I often try to check in different places to make sure). The only thing I’m having trouble is with illustrations to put and copyrights. Probably I’ll have to do the illustrations myself (although i’m not that good) but I really want to do it and finish at least the first issue sometime soon.
Reading: I found “Japanese Reader Collection“ (there’s more volumes). It’s children stories/fairytales. You’ve got a paragraph in japanese (comes with furigana) and then the translation of words/expressions. I bought through here. You receive a email right after paying with the audios of a japanese speaker reading the stories. Also started buying Manga i like that is in japanese (but that will probably more for later when I can read better).
I tried to resume the best things I’ve found until now and come up with, I hope it helps people.