Hello, I thought that some of these resources might be useful to fellow Japanese language learners, besides Nihongo Master that is! I do not attend any formal classes on Japanese, here are a few things that have been useful to me and my "self-studying/teaching."
Well, those are some of the resources I use that I thought I might share. If they are useful to anyone I will be glad to hear it.
I started out using Living Language. It's an online course that you can get at Barnes and Nobel. It's on the same lines as Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur but not near as expensive. It came with three workbooks, audio cds, a year online course, and a Kana book. This course is great for beginners. It has a great online community with serssions set up with a tutor about once a week. I also use a few apps from Apple's app store. I-Sokki for vacabulary and Kanji Study for, well, Kanji. Both have extensive libraries and have been working really well.
I've found this resource to be invaluable for development of reading comprehension. There are articles for every level of learning, and furigana to help with unfamiliar Kanji. Very cool.
I got varies aesop fables from:
They are short and simple, so can be listened to in sperts, and because they are famous, I know the storyline laready to most. This means I can figure some of it out.
Up untill now all of my study has been viz japan-activator.com/en and I honestly can't reccomend it enough. Coupled with the free app it's been invaluable. Yu guys should deffinatly check it out!
For an app i recommend 'imiwa?' great dictionary which gives sample sentinces and breaks down the kanji. it also shows you the strock order.
http://www.coscom.co.jp/index.html is an interesting website. it provides words of the day, simple conversations and reading comprehension passages. all with audio. you can also choose how you want to read it. romaji, kana or kanji. so it's great for all levels.
i use "imiwa" as well. Its awesome. I also got Jay Rubin's book "Making Sense of Japanese" and also have used online sites such as Busuu and Lang-8. Have a bunch of books, too.
I'm all over the board! Favorites, include: youtube subscriptions, I'm looking into verbal planet, taking some of the advice on this site, and am fond of Japanese from Zero, Erin's Challenge. Mango is offered free via the public library. With Mango, there aren't a lot of lessons, but there are movies you can pick apart, learn word-for-word the entire dialogue, male vs. female speak, etc. Mixi is an option for practice with native speakers when your skype is working properly (mine does, here in Alaska, half the time!).
I'm currently using WaniKani for kanji learning (www.wanikani.com), Tae Kim's site and Genki textbook series for grammar. I also have Japanese pod 101, and the Dictionary of Beginner Japanese Grammar
Thankyou this is really useful, and after the last comment I signed up to wanikani too.