For those who would still like to resort to using “text”-books to learn some of the more basic Japanese, who are some good links to get you started:
This is pretty much where I learn most of my stuff. You can find a summary on the stuff earlier in my blog. Or I would recommend the QRPG, a quick reference guide that costs a bit of money, but is worth it. I haven’t bought it yet since I’ve read the whole site pretty much, but I’ve seen some good reviews (like here), and really, the stuff on AJATT is a very good source of information, not just on Japanese, but learning, management, stuff that stimulates your brain.
So this post wasn’t supposed to be another AJATT recap. It’s more about getting some of the good books mentioned without burning your wallet, credit card, and PayPal.
Here are some of the books highly recommended by AJATT: http://astore.amazon.com/ajatt-20
And since you might not be rich… well here’s some links:
And of course, some good tools to get you started:
Wakan – a good fast dictionary with example sentences
Anki – of course, the main SRS program you’ll be using.
Rikai-Chan – helps with reading Japanese in your Firefox browser.
These are the top three tools I could NOT live without. So yes that probably applies to you too!
If you want to check out the Nintendo DS dictionary but don’t have a DS, you can download the Ideas emulator and then the rom of it (Kanji Sonomama something, I forgot).