Woah. So it’s been one hell of a 6-day week. I no longer have any money because I am a chump, but a potentially learned chump.
After considerable (read, sporadic, random and shallow) research into the best materials to use I have at last settled on the pieces I plan to use.
First in the batting order is Textfugu.
Textfugu is an online textbook that claims to be like no other, and if I’m honest it really is quite unique. It uses humour to break up the study and works under a ‘Japanese learning re-imagined’ ethos. It’s pretty sweet. Oh, and the first section is free apparently, so check it out.
Next up is WaniKani.
WaniKani, from the makers of Textfugu, is Kanji learning re-imagined. It’s easy to use, even if the method seems a little alien and at times tricky. But heck, it works.
Then we have Skritter.
I’ve already stated that this is my best guess for learning to write in Japanese or Chinese – at least if you learn like me. Repeated writing *works* for me, I learn really well that way, with the added bonus that I also know how to write Japanese, not just read it.
Bringing up the rear we have Duolingo.
Duolingo is almost certainly the most well-known piece of software on this list. Pretty much everyone will have seen memes floating around about the sinister owl and the extreme measures it takes to get you to study.
Finally, we have LingoDeer and its sister app, LingoDeer+.
This is a new app which I’ve heard called ‘Duolingo done right’. I’ve only been using it a couple of days, so I can’t say if that epithet is justified, but I *can* say that the app itself is pretty swanky.
I’ll probably get around to doing full reviews of some of these apps when I’ve got used to using them all again.
Anki – Simple but powerful and customizable flashcard software
Usagi-Chan’s Genki Resources – Learning games
Real Kana – kana practice games
It’s been a crazy week though. I seem to remember shed loads from the last time I studied, which is both promising and a massive relief. Makes life so much easier, and will almost make hitting the wall that much harder…oh well, I just have to smash through it.