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u/djsnipy · 6 pointsr/UWMadison

I recently graduated but took Japanese in my freshman year. I imagine a lot of people in the class have learned hiragana before to some level independently since it's one of the more accessible things you can learn about Japanese without a class. That said, it's not a prerequisite for the class so I wouldn't be too worried about it (if it's the most beginner class)

If it bothers you that you are slower than others then my only advice would be to just do extra practice from a hiragana workbook (linked below) and in Genki. I really would recommend writing them as that would probably help you remember them better and then practice reading dialogues in the book, etc. In the end, all that matters is that you learn them and pass exams and such so I would worry about that more than how others are doing and I think you'll enjoy it more and actually learn more, which is the whole point :). Japanese is really a labor of love if you wanna get good, especially after the first courses. But don't let that scare you because it is also very interesting! Just find your pace and stick with it.

I used this book when learning and found it helpful by the way.

u/BigBoyTrader · 5 pointsr/LearnJapanese

I heard Rosetta Stone is quite poor and expensive, but of course, naturally, I am not an expert :)
Here's what I bought on Amazon so far, still waiting for it to all ship to me:

I am under the impression that it's a good use of time to first learn the Kana (Hiragana + Katakana.) As such, I am currently learning to recognize them by playing Once I learn to recognize them I will move to "Japanase Hiragana and Katakana for Beginners" and drill them so I am able to write them and recognize them more seamlessly, while still continue playing the game to review. I think by the end of next weekend I should be able to recognize the Kana, and hopefully after another 2-4 weeks of drilling I can write them too (I'm not sure if this is realistic at all).

Once I am comfortable with Kana I am going to move to the Genki books, which seem to be highly recommended. I think I will do the workbooks and make Anki decks to memorize Kanji/vocabularly. I think this is approximately 2-3 years of University classes but hopefully this process takes 1-1.5 years of dedicated work? Again, not sure what timelines are reasonable.

u/pinkmagedon · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This book! It's a bit over your budget, so I def don't expect it, but I've been REALLY wanting to learn japanese! I'm vaguely obsessed.

Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.

u/JaxsSmirkingRevenge · 3 pointsr/japanese

I am a beginner as well and I am probably not as far along as I should be, I am teaching myself in my spare time of working 2 jobs and full time student so I only get like 40 mins a day to work on stuff. But here are some methods I used, I started on duolingo, but I also have these books from amazon that really helped. ( I left the link below). If the library dosnt have them the first 3 are on Youtube.

u/NXTDj · 2 pointsr/imouto
u/mfish139 · 2 pointsr/LearnJapanese

I found it easier for a physical book for the kanas as well. This book was good for me and cheap enough to justify the purchase.

u/clabern · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

I picked up this from Amazon to start with, but was thinking that I needed graph paper or something to practice writing on!

u/janeplow · 2 pointsr/genki

My coworker is getting me the genki books in Japan since he’s going there this week. More than happy to work with you when I get it.

I don’t know your level of Japanese but I’ve been using the below guide to get me through self studying. Not to the T because I discovered it after I started studying.

I used the below book for hiragana and katakana, although you could use free charts online

Right now I’m using to learn kanji. I’m on level 4. That guide says not to touch a text book till I’m on level 10, but I’m going to start early cause I’m hard headed and love to suffer...

I just dumped all this info lol And you probably don’t need it or already know

u/kochochan · 2 pointsr/LearnJapaneseNovice

I used [NihongoMaster] (, as it taught the kana, simple vocab and then quizzed you on it all. The Introductory part where it teaches all this is free. I kept up with this to continue learning grammar and kanji.

For books I used Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners for mnemonics and writing practice.

To perfect my knowledge, I used I'll be continuing with this to learn more kanji/vocab.

I read the Heisig book last month, just out of curiosity, by this time I knew my kana very well.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/Symbi0tic · 1 pointr/japanese

I purchased the Genki I textbook, workbook, and answer key. However, reviews seemed to indicate I'd be better off knowing how to read Kana going I purchased Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners, which has been really helpful thus far.

Just studying in my free time at work I've quickly familiarized myself with reading and writing Hiragana; about to move on to Katakana. Pronunciation may be a little spotty, but I've yet to use the CD included.

Yet to embark on Genki I (waiting until I finish the aforementioned Beginners book), though I've read nothing but good things about I'd imagine it's a good resource as well.

u/Colololure · 1 pointr/japanese

Don’t use Duolingo to learn Hiragana. It doesn’t teach it correctly. Buy this Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System (CD-ROM Included) It really helped me learn how to read in hiragana and katakana

u/PinkyWinkyBlinky · 1 pointr/LearnJapanese

If you find that you remember better with a physical component, like writing, you can try a book (I'm using this one and my handwriting is terrible but I get a better memory result if I am writing it and saying it at the same time. There is not enough room in the book to copy a character enough times to memorize it, so use notebook paper once you have the idea, and do them in groups of five.

The Anki (or AnkiApp for iOS if you can't afford to donate $25) is also a very useful and important tool. SRS is a magical thing.

The third thing to try is drag & drop hiragana or real kana which you can also use for Katakana (and learn different font recognition, which is very difficult at first, but very important!!)

u/coolman25 · 1 pointr/LearnJapanese

Well first let me tell you how much i appreciate the very thorough and helpful reply! I think i pretty much have it, the textbook i am currently using is this one.

I think the book mainly focuses on this type of characters 教科書体 which is pretty much impossible for me to imitate lol but you're saying as long as i use this font while writing 明朝体 then i am not doing anything incorrect? As long as i can tell the difference between the characters with serifs or without then ill be fine? i can see those websites being extremely helpful but how can i type in a kana or kanji on an american keyboard? as you can see i am very new and clueless lol sorry!

u/supn9 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Start off with Hiragana for Beginners and then move onto Katakana

I used the first one.. It comes with flashcards. Then I moved to the Katakana. Same author..

These books have vocobaulary that has the letters you are learning. So as you learn the letters, you can learn words with the letters youve already learned.

Then you can move onto books like :

This one focuses more on dialogue

Sentence structure: