I am currently still in the process of trying to learn Japanese, and two of the most important aspects are learning hiragana and katakana.
It is pretty easy to learn all the hiragana and katakana in a couple of days, but it is hard to master them. By mastering them, I mean being able to read them all before they disappear on subtitles. This takes a lot of time and practice, and no matter how good of a memory you have, it takes a lot of pattern recognition to be able to recognize them that fast.
The most helpful resource I have found to help me study the hiragana and katakana is a website called Kana Pro. It seems so simple and plain, but it works better than any other site I have found. On the site, you have the option to practice hiragana, katakana, or both. You can also choose to only study certain ones (such as a,i,u,e,o or sa,shi,su,se,so) if there are certain ones you really need to work on.
The website also has four stages, two where you pick which character matches the English, and two where you see the character and write the English. Overall, it is a super helpful site and one that I use daily. After having used it for the past couple of months, my recognition has gotten much better, and now I am just working on cutting down the amount of time it takes me to finish all 4 stages.
If you are having trouble learning hiragana/katakana, or are just looking for a way to refresh your knowledge, Kana Pro should be your first stop!
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!