Although I have started to use Duolingo a lot to practice my Japanese, it is only a supplement to JapanesePod101.com. JapanesePod101 is a website that is made to help people of any level practice their Japanese.
Before I decided I was going to learn Japanese, I did a lot of research to see what the best websites to learn from were. Obviously, the first website I thought of was Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone is probably the most popular and well known language learning software, but apparently it is not good for learning Japanese. According to many articles I read, the software for Rosetta Stone just does not translate well to learning Japanese. Therefore, after much deliberation, I decided that JapanesePod101 would be the best choice for me to learn Japanese.
I enjoy using JapanesePod101 because it works on different aspects of your Japanese. I would say the area JapanesePod101 focuses most on is listening, which for me is the most important along with speaking. The main teaching method of JapanesePod101 is a series of dialogue lessons. There are about 100 episodes per level, and each episode goes over useful grammar patterns and vocabulary. These gradually progress to become more complex and varied over time. If you are interested in learning reading and writing too though, there are also typed versions of the dialogue that you can practice as well.
Overall, I do not think that there is any one best way to learn Japanese; instead, it takes a lot of different elements to become successful over time. The easiest way to learn the language would just be to live in Japan, but this is not feasible for everyone. JapanesePod101 is a great starting point, and you can combine it with using Duolingo and watching Japanese TV to improve your Japanese quickly!
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!