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Any other sources recommended for learning

Shivam-S

Shivam-S

Shivam-S

Shivam-S

Hi, I would like to know about other resources which can be followed along with this course. I know about Heisig's Remembering the Kanji Vol 1, 2 and 3. However, I was not happy after following the same, though the Vol 2 seems good as it has the pronunciation as to what is each Kanji sounds but the other two only give the meaning of the Kanji and not the prounciation. I found that Rikaikun plug-in for chrome was very helpful in contrast to the other mentioned source as it gives more exhaustive details of the Kanji and its usage. I would like to know about more such resources including books etc... Thanks...
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Rikaikun is very good. However, it doesn't work on images :). The Japanese dictionary: Denshi Jisho is a very good tool: http://www.jisho.org/. Other resources: lots of anime, Japanese movies, Japanese music, novels, manga. Even listening to Japanese radio and watching Japanese TV shows helps a lot :)
Shivam-S

Shivam-S

Thanks for taking out time from your busy schedule and commenting. Your comments are always more than just help. I appreciate your willingness to help and also discuss :). "jisho" seems to be very good, but as far as the others like anime, music and novels are concerned, though they are helpful to certain extent but beyond that listening or following any of that without it making any sense lends very little help in improving Japanese :( Please write more when you are free as to what was your way of studying Japanese, for example, from where did you start -> then what was next -> were there any resources which you followed daily and religiously especially keeping JLPT in focus ? (No need to respond immediately, please write when you are free. Codu-san, you have been a very disciplined blogger, as your replies never seem to miss my forum posts. So far you have been the only guy writing on my posts... and thanks for that :))
Shivam-S

Shivam-S

BTW, I am also using Japanese for Busy People I and II. It seems to be pretty promising book. I would recommend it for anyone starting to learn Japanese.
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My pleasure to help others :) My learning schedule wasn't anything sophisticated...actually, I didn't even have one. I started out by learning by heart the hiragana and katakana charts. After that I discovered RJP, bought it and I was delighted about it. After I finished the Premium courses, I bought Heisig's Remembering the Kanji 1 and 2 ( I still haven't finished them ). Adding to the normal RJP courses and those books, I listened to a lot of J-rock and I usually watch a lot of anime and Japanese movies. As I've said, I don't really have a learning schedule. When I felt like learning something new, I simply grabbed heisig's books or started doing a RJP course. I watch anime on a daily basis and my music never stops ( I have a lot of shuffled music in which there are lots of JP songs ). This is about all I can say about how I learned. In order to practice and note down everything I learned, I used A4 sheets of paper from drawing blocks, quite in handy for remembering new word, tips, bits of grammer rules and especially KANJI. Then, after 3 years, when I finished the RJP courses (all three), it just hit me: How about I go sit the JLPT exam. I did some practice tests on their main site and saw that N3 was perfect for me. So there you have it, my learning story :D. 君も頑張ってください!(きみもがんばってください!)
Shivam-S

Shivam-S

It was a total pleasure reading your learning experience. :) Thanks for sharing :) No doubt you have worked for it and also enjoyed it. I am also taking faltering steps to get a hold on to this language. As for the Heisig's books, Vol1 has only the meanings and not the sounds or the pronunciations associated with that Kanji. So, how did you use to prepare from them ?
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I used the book exactly how Heisig described he wants to teach he's readers: firstly, learn only their drawing method and meanings, and in vol 2, it is assumed that you know all the kanji from vol1 and it's easier to learn their readings and rules. I already knew a lot of kanji that I've searched up out of pure curiosity or just because I needed to understand a forum post somewhere, so kanji came in quite naturally. However, Heisig's books really helped too :D

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