A big part of learning Japanese is learning their vocabulary. Their words can be categorized into 4 different types[1. This is based off Japanese: The Spoken Language textbook series]:
- Verbal, which is like our verbs
- Adjectival, which is like our adjectives
- True nominal, which is like our nouns
- Na-nominals, which is a cross-over between our nouns and adjectives.
Now there are many ways you can go about learning/memorizing all these vocabs, but I recently discovered Smart.fm, a new way to learn. This site allows you to set goals and offers activities to help you achieve them. There are materials for a wide number of subjects, from geography to SAT words to foreign languages, and of course, there are also many Japanese material for you to use.
I’m currently using the Japanese Core 2000 series, which features the 2000 most commonly used words in Japan. I highly recommend this for beginners or for higher-level speakers who want to review their vocabs. They have activities to test your listening, reading, and comprehension skills, and there is also a calendar to track your progress.
There are also many other Japanese learning material for you to use, including a Core 6000 series, word lists from popular Japanese text books, as well as a couple grammar and sentence structure material. Best of all, this site is completely free to use!
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