What has helped me through my Japanese studies so far


I learnt a lot from Japanese Ammo by Misa Sensei on YouTube. She is one of the best teacher for Japanese and really break down the grammar and the vocabulary. Misa sensei teaches verbs in a simplicity method which really helps to fully understand how to conjugate verbs in Japanese.

I used to rely on books and other YouTube but watching Japanese Ammo got me much more further in Japanese.

Screenshot Japanese Ammon Youtube

Notebook App

The Notebook app by Zoho is really good for taking note. It simple, easy and able to add in voice recoding, pictures or drawings. There are many more features like extension on the google chrome to easily clip text or photos. You can access Notebook app on computer or IPad which gets sync to all devices. You just need a account to back up your notes. The app is absolutely free with no subscription!My notebooksColour colour cardsAdd Notebook by tapping the plus signNight mode

I am not very good at taking note by hand. My hand writing is very messy, I can not read my hand writing and there were a lot of speeding mistakes. When I did my university studies, I mainly used Microsoft word to write my reflection journal for the assignment. My all class mate hand wrote their journal. I was allowed to submit my assignment by type. I had to print a lot but documents but it was far more professional than hand written.The Japanese note taking needs be clear and easy to read. I did not feel comfortable being at my desk with a pen and exercise book. Using my iPad allow me to be flexible and edit notes. It also more easier to type in Japanese. You can add in Japanese keyboard on the iPad or phone.Go to setting > general > keyboardAdd new keyboard > add both Japanese Kana and romajiI practice writing sentences on my iPad then copy my sentence by hand for hand-writing practicing.I love using Notebook app for my Japanese Studies. I use it while I take notes from watching Japanese lesson. I can create my own learning resource. I can choose colour background to help me read notes in Japanese.If i had know this app, I would of used it for my university studies.

WaniKani.com

I like learning kanji. I want to learn more kanji characters. I already recognised kanji while watching Japanese lesson and looking it up on Jisho.org. There an online course site called WaniKani.com it very good to learn the meaning of kanji and learn new daily vocabulary in kanji. It really important as will be more easier to read important Japanese writing. I want to be able to read Japanese so I can read genres like romance or art books. Jishou (Jishou mean dictionary in Japanese,) very important for checking correct words. I go on Jisho.org daily to check spelling and meaning.

One day journal app

One day journal app is good for having a daily journal of your life. I use one day everyday to write about anything that gone in with my daily life. Now I can write simple sentences in Japanese. It feel really good to be able to write in another language. I can express feelings and action in Japanese. The more I learn the mor I can write in more Japanese sentences.

One Day app journal entry

Japanese media

Watching Japanese YouTuber, anime on CrunchyRoll and listen to Japanese radio on Podcast. I also follow Japanese YouTuber on Twitter where I can read out their tweets.