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I thought I'd take a moment to share some of the resources I find most useful for beginning Japanese learners! I highly recommend you supplement them with a class or tutoring sessions, but please take a look. 1. Real Kana: http://realkana.com/   This is an excellent site for memorizing hiragana and katakana (the first step for any Japanese learner). It simply shows you a character, and you must type the romanization. (For example, ? = a) There is also a kanji version (for more advanced learners). This is great for memorizing readings, but it doesn't show you any english definitions, which is a big drawback in my opinion.   Warning: make sure you learn how to pronounce each sound correctly! (This is where a tutor comes in handy~ *wink*).     2. Genki Kanji Practice: http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/self/kanji-reading-practice   Genki is one of the common textbooks used for Beginning Japanese (another... read more

The first thing you as a student should do to prepare for your first visit with your Tutor, is to gather all of the correspondence you have between your Teacher or Professor and yourself.  Key items would be a syllabus, or a list of things your Teacher or Professor expects you to accomplish during your course.  This list should include a list or chart of how the grading will be assessed for that course.  If any of this is no longer in your possession, get a new copy and protect it.    The next thing you should do is to gather all of the resources available to you for the course.  These items include textbooks, online links, handouts, and tools.  This should include anything recommended by your Teacher or Professor to help you succeed in the course.  This also should include anything you normally use for that course, even if it was recommended by someone else, such as an adviser.  Have a general idea of what each of these items are... read more

Do you have a number of students who enjoy learning games, or online quizzes, or instant feedback?  I enjoy using a few sites that prove both entertaining and reinforcing for several of my students.  Though some require an annual fee, I find these sites advantageous, time-saving and totally worth the small expense. My first choice is Quia.com .  I have a number of "pages" on this site.  These are web pages that I have generated (with their tools).  Each has many links to sources that I have found helpful in teaching the particular course and level of attainment suitable to an individual student. Next, I use the site Quizlet.com to produce vocabulary and spelling lists.  This can be personalized, individualized and private or shared with the general public.  The annual fee is very small, and students can access their "class" at no cost to them. Many of my students enjoy using freerice.com .  This has a multiple-choice... read more

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