Japanese language immersion
Everyone worth their salt recommends immersion, the practice of constantly exposing oneself to the target language in everyday life. Some listen to podcasts, others watch mildly suggestive cartoons, and a brave few set their computer system language to Japanese. I am guilty of all three, although only the cartoons seemed to have any lasting effect. Experiment with immersion to the extent that you can tolerate.
With that said, here are some interesting resources.
- Dogen is a YouTuber who creates extremely entertaining comedy videos in Japanese, and also has a series of paid videos on Japanese phonetics.
- subs2srs is a software that converts subtitle files into Anki decks.
- Miyachi is a Japanese-American rapper who often subtitles his videos.
- Tofugu is a Japanese-themed blog with articles about the language and other cultural topics. They also run a paid online SRS software called WaniKani , which is generally recommended as a more streamlined alternative to Anki.
- The /r/learnjapanese subreddit is a large forum with members of all skill levels.
- Atsugiri Jason is an American who does comedy in Japan that focuses on aspects of the language. His success can be attributed to matching the Japanese stereotype of Americans as loud and rude, rather than his comedic ability.