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Recommended Resources

Once you finish TenguGo Kana you'll be able to read Hiragana and Katakana. Of course that is only the first step in your journey to fluency.

Here are some more resources we recommend as a next step. Of course, like any language, hauling your butt to Japan and and doing a full blown immersion program as soon as possible is something you should start looking into (I know, life gets in the way). Doing English/Japanese conversation exchanges is another great way to build your fluency and also increase you knowledge of Japanese culture.

Of course don't forget to check out TenguGo.com to see what new stuff we're working on.

TenguGo Kanji - If you liked TenguGo Kana try our Kanji learning app.

Everything you need to learn the 2,000 Jōyō Kanji. Organized in easy to learn chapters and quizzes with an integrated Kanji Dictionary. Progressively learn the Kanji as well as their history and structure.

Genki I & II - Elementary Japanese - Good introductory college level textbook currently used by many institutions. It introduces Japanese grammar in a reasonable order and combined with Genki II it will get you up to intermediate level.

Don't forget to put a lot of time listening to the CDs and working on your listening comprehension.

A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar - Great resource for clear, in depth descriptions of Japanese Grammar points. This is the type of resource you can revisit over and over again during your studies and each time gain a deeper understanding of the different subtleties.

The entries are literally organized alphabetically like a dictionary so you will still need another source such as Genki to introduce you to Japanese grammar in a systematic way that makes sense.

Pimsleur Japanese - The 10-lesson (5 CDs) Basic Course will get you started with basic sentences and greetings. A gentle introduction with lots of repetition and at 30 minutes long you can easily find the time to do one lesson a day.

Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure - Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life.

Remembering the Kanji - A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters. This book introduces the popular "Heisig Method" for learning the Kanji. It teaches you to associate a meaning to the recurring parts that make up the Kanji and then to remember the meaning of the Kanji by associating a story using those parts.

For example if you know that the Kanji for "Rest" is made up from the part meaning "Tree" and "Person" you can remember the meaning using the story "The person rested under the tree".

Kim Tae - Great online resource covering basic Japanese grammar as well as some more advanced topics. Also has a free companion iPhone application.