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We’ve got a few quick lessons under our belts, have, hopefully, mastered all the kana and even have a little bit of basic vocabularly under our belts. I’m sure many of you are chomping at the bit with the desire to rush out and buy flashcards, dictionaries, grammar books and other useful language learning resources. Listen up all you beginners, as this is the best advice I will ever likely give you.

Don’t do it.

Seriously, you just started learning Japanese. Don’t go out and drop a couple hundred dollars on books that are far too advanced for you. There is a high probability many will stop trying to learn Japanese after the first month. Some might last until they get to the kanji. Furthermore, you don’t need those things yet. What’s a kanji dictionary going to do for you right now? Unless you are pretty far along, it’s useless. Grammar books? You don’t know enough words, let alone have the verbs, particles or know how to conjugate in Japanese.

I’m not trying to discourage you from learning the language. Far from it. I’m just trying to save you some money. Those books will be there in 3 months time when you might start needing them. Don’t overcommit when there are numerous resources on the internet available to you for the introductory Japanese lessons.

That said, you will need books eventually. Sadly, the online world doesn’t have nearly enough resources to fulfill our Japanese learning hunger. Therefore, I’ve prepared a list of my recommendations for various Japanese resources and brief descriptions of them and when you would be best served in purchasing or using them.



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