Japanese Resources for Beginners: Part One

Confusion

So you’ve finally mustered up the will to learn Japanese, but…where do you start?

When I first decided to study Japanese, I felt confused and overwhelmed. I eventually figured out the resources and methods that work for me, but many other prospective learners give up before they’ve even begun. In this post, I hope to help any self-learners with the following questions.

  • What should I begin learning first?
  • Where should I learn it?

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Three Reasons to Learn Japanese

As you’ve managed to stumble on this post, I’m going to make the assumption you have at least a tiny bit of interest in learning the Japanese language.

But you’re hesitating.

Maybe you’re not completely convinced of the benefits.

Maybe you’ve heard discouraging tales from learners who’ve attempted Japanese, drowned in kanji (everyone’s favorite writing system), and given up after deeming it too difficult.

Maybe you’re not sure if it’s worth the effort.

Well, friend, I’m here to give you that extra push you need.

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