notinthiseconomy  asked:

Hi, I'm a year 11 student, and I've been studying Japanese since I was a year 7. In September, I'm going to Japan for a study tour, but I'm not particularly good at Japanese, and even after all this time, I'm still about as educated as a four year old would be. I mainly struggle with remembering adjectives, verbs, and kanji, so I was wondering if you had any tips for memorising them?

Hi there, pal! You probably know more Japanese than I do, but I can most certainly give you some tips for how I study all of those.


I use a wonderful app called Sticky Study. You can use it to help you memorize plenty of kanji in pretty short amount of time. I typically do about 20 kanji every couple of weeks mostly because between work and school, I don’t have a lot time to study. You can learn those 20 brand new kanji in a little over an hour with this app. It lets you do stroke order, all of the readings, audio clips, and more. It allows to make your own list and it also has plenty of premade lists for you to practice. It also has settings for going back and practicing old kanji by decreasing them in Study Level after you’ve been past it for a while. 

Another good way to practice kanji is to read news sites in Japanese designed for kids. It’s another great way to learn new vocab as well. Tofugu has a great method for this where you read through all you can, write down the new kanji and vocab, and then try to read through the whole article. The articles are targeted at children so they use less complex kanji, great for a student to engage with. 

Adjectives and Verbs: 

Practice! I know that’s probably what you don’t want to hear, but practicing using the adjectives and verbs in a sentence is almost always how the words stick in my brain. Usually with new vocab lists, I typically make up a descriptive sentence to go along with the new word. It helps me remember the context for the word a lot better. 

Flashcards are also great. I like to separate my flashcards for adjectives by なand い. That way, I can keep them in stacks if I want to go over the specific kind of adjectives with their rules. I do the same thing for the different る、う、and irregular verbs. When I practice verbs, I primarily go through all of the conjugation I know so far. It helps me remember which kind of verb it is. 

anonymous asked:

I know you answer lots of questions like these, but I am lost in what to do next in my Japanese studies. I'm still a beginner, but know enough to make out simple sentences and the gist of more complex sentences. How did you start studying when you were starting to learn? Thank you! I love your blog, it is such a great motivation when I'm about to give up!

WORK WITH A TEXTBOOK!!!! It’s levelled so your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary will gradually increase over time. I like Genki and Minna no Nihongo, which you can find here and here.  

ALSO READ READ READ, even if you feel like you’re not at that level yet.

  • Use Easy NHK News because it’s geared towards beginner and beginner-intermediate Japanese learners who want to learn more vocabulary relevant to current events, and be able to read the news in Japanese without crying too much about Kanji
  • Read Harry Potter if you feel adventurous, which you can find the Japanese versions for right here
  • Yotsuba is also a nice, cute manga with tons of hiragana and furigana to hold your hand and guide you through. I linked you to the raw scans for all 13 books (they’re all .rar files but I’m sure you can figure it out on your own)

Practice writing short entries (even if your vocabulary is still quite small) and post them onto lang-8, and get them corrected by native speakers! You’ll learn a lot in a short time, trust me. Remember to challenge yourself to use words and structures you’ve never used before, or else you’ll always recycle the same phrases over and over and over again, and you’ll never improve.