Underlying statement to this post is: I’m trying to keep things simple. Especially since I’m working on a very tight schedule now, I can’t waste time shuffling 10 or more different study resources. Also, from a psychological point of view is important to me to see progresses – something that becomes difficult when you entangle yourself in too many apps/textbooks/podcasts.
At the moment, my resources for studying Japanese are very basic:
- a good online dictionary, in my case Jisho.org. This is the number one resource for when I’m at my desk; if I’m out and about I use imiwa on my phone.
- Core 2000 Japanese vocabulary on Anki (free deck to download); I like this one in particular because it works its way through vocabulary via sentences, not just the single words. I think it’s supposed to have audio but that is not working for me at the moment (though I find audio for Japanese less essential than for Chinese, so I can live with that for now).
- Tatoeba for example sentences; I wonder if there’s anything specifically for Japanese (like Jukuu for Chinese), though it has worked just fine for me so far.
- Japanese Pod 101 for listening. I had the premium subscription 3 or 4 years ago but never really used it. Now I’m ready to work my way through all the levels, since listening is my main focus for Japanese at the moment.
At times I also like to download lyrics from songs that I like (unfortunately very few at the moment), and go through them for new vocabulary and expressions. I also use Netflix to watch Japanese shows from time to time, just to get used to how people actually speak.
I have quite a few textbooks that I’ve acquired throughout the years, but I’m not focusing on those at the moment. I can’t do everything at once anyway, so I’d rather stick to this routine for now and wait for some progress to show before taking the next step.