I’ve been wanting to learn Japanese for quite some time. I even bought a book on Japanese when I was like 15 years old, give or take. However, I never really was able to get into the language outside of listening to music and watching sub-titled media. Well, yesterday, I asked Greg from Capcom, an awesome guy who knows Japanese, to help me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to properly study it this time around.
However, for now, I’m going to put the list that he gave me here for safe keeping. I currently am a bit short on funds, so I’m going to wait a short bit to get the books that he recommended.
Japanese For Everyone: http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Everyone-Functional-Approach-Communication/dp/0870408534
Essential Kanji: http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Kanji-Characters-Systematically-Reference/dp/0834802228/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341370394&sr=1-1&keywords=essential+kanji
Basic Japanese Thru Comics: http://www.amazon.com/Mangajins-Basic-Japanese-Through-Comics/dp/0834804522/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341370406&sr=1-4&keywords=japanese+through+manga
People also say Genki is good, but I never used it: http://www.amazon.com/GENKI-Integrated-Elementary-Japanese-Edition/dp/4789014401/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341370443&sr=1-1&keywords=genki
Also, I looked at a few apps on the iOS store in an attempt to get a bit of a start before I get my hands on the books above. I’ve found an app called Human Japanese that looks like it may be a good start for the meanwhile.
I’m also considering writing a blog post in Spanish about once a week. I had studied Spanish for 5 years back when I was in school. However, I’ve only retained a small bit of all that I had learned during those years. I might as well try to actively use it in order to rebuild my skills.