We are getting into week 2 of the italki language challenge and I thought I would share some useful things I’ve been doing to keep my language learning on track.
Mobile Apps To Supplement Learning Japanese
These will be tremendously useful for those of you who use smartphones as you basically have portable way to continue learning Japanese on-the-go. 小学生手書き漢字1006－はんぱく学習シリーズ and 中学生漢字（手取り編）for learning to write Kanji by using my fingers on the phone. You can also learn a useful sentence related to each Kanji learned! It’s a great way to increase your literacy in Japanese! Both of these apps can be downloaded for free.
Another App I recommend is the iLingQ App which allows you to listen and read allow with lessons you are currently learning as was as flashcards related to that to particular lesson. LingQ is great way to improve your reading and listening skills in Japanese (as well as several other languages!). This app is also free but you must already have a LingQ account in order to effectively take advantage of this app.
YouTube has a plethora of outstanding content in a wide variety of languages that you could literally spend hours finding videos to help improve your language skills. This is great for those looking to create an immersion environment or a “Little Japan” if you will. From YouTube alone, you can video lyric videos to sing along with, TV shows, news, game-play videos in the target language and so much more.
It all depends on what interests you and which keywords to search for in order to locate what you’re looking for.
Take Notes During Your Skype Session
Why not make the most out of your lessons by writing down useful expressions, phrases, Kanji, and vocabulary to enhance your fluency in the language? This will allow you to have something to reference for future convenience. Whether it’s a useful phrase, grammar point or just another way to remember a difficult word (read: Mnemonics), it will be beneficial later on.
Writing Practice In Your Notebook And The Forums
Making use of the Discussion and Answer forums is a great way to improve your written skills. You can questions concerning difficult to grasp phrases, individual words, grammatical patterns, slang, and so much more. By using the notebook feature, you can get your writing corrected by a native speaker. They could also help determine which expressions sound more natural to a native speaker.
What I love about italki is how they divide the sections by languages so that you can easily locate threads based on target language. I will occasionally browse the answers forum to see how certain words and phrases are used in different contexts. This can be very useful to see how a particular phrase or word is used depending on the situation. You can effectively utilise the discussions forum to actively practise your written abilities in the language by contributing to a lively discussion.
This is a great way to meet native speakers as well as becoming more proficient in your target language.
How about you? How’s your second week in the italki challenge going? Do you feel like your making significant progress? Are you mostly taking sessions with community tutors or professional teachers? I would love to hear about your progress!