(2017-03-21, 1:38 pm)cophnia61 Wrote: Great suggestions as always
As I have already bought the dictionary of grammar serie I'll study them first.
When I will be comfortable with them, I'll try the kanzen books and the drills ones.
天声人語: this is great! I'm a little out of money lately so I'm unable to buy new light-novels for a while, and this free resource is amazing! I've seen that there is an editorial too. Do you suggest it?
About grammar. How do you studied it? I want to use Anki someway to study grammar, but I don't know how. Cloze deletion? Try to use them in context?
You should read any and all opinions, editorials, letters to the editor, etc., that you're up for reading. (Obviously, try to read stuff you enjoy so you don't burn out and all that. As long as it's a reasonable variety of topics the specifics don't matter too much, the point is there's a lot of language that is common to that kind of non-fiction writing that is somewhat different from fact-presentation non-fiction and very different from fiction.)
As for grammar, mostly I just studied it without drilling it. I tried a handful of cloze deletion cards but I really didn't like them so I got rid of them. The few grammar cards I made, I basically made as if the grammar point was a vocabulary word... I recall mixing up the そう constructs *again* and finally making cards as if なさそうです was a word, ないそうです was a word, etc. (I could have just made them all 'そう' but then I would have problems with unique identifiers for the cards, so it was just easier this way.)
Well, also, I have a sentence on the front side of all my vocab cards so I'm naturally drilling on conjugated forms all the time, and effectively studying grammar to some small extent with every card. In a few cases, I've created more than one card for the same word, especially when a certain conjugation is highly likely to have a particular situational meaning.
I don't fail a card for failing the meaning of the sentence, but where it was available I do have the english sentence on the back of all my cards too, so... while I'm passing/failing on the vocab word, there's some grammar study incidentally involved.
Nobody ever seems to like my study method though, for whatever reason. I think there's like.... one or maybe two other users on these forums that do sentence-on-the-front cards. For me though, I find drilling isolated words almost totally useless. I can memorize definitions that way like trivia facts, but I don't learn the word in a way that lets me recognize it when reading. (A common occurrence when I was drilling words in isolation is that I'd meet an 'unknown' word in my reading, go and type it into a dictionary search form... and then never even search, because as soon as I saw the word in isolation like that I immediately recognized it.)
Anyway, it may just be peculiar to my own learning style, but I really need to read vocabulary words in sentences to learn them in a way that I can read them again when I encounter them in the wild. So I put my words in sentences, which also incidentally drills me on grammar, and also for what it's worth, incidentally drills me on natural Japanese<->English translations.
Oh, also, of course, I do have a lot of cards that are constructed as vocabulary cards for 'grammatical' terms like のち, つつ, ehh... and others. (I don't have cards for ほう・より・ながら, etc., because my Anki deck was created late enough in my learning that I just didn't need stuff that appears in first year japanese texts.)
Hmm. It's been a long day at work, I think I'm rambling... well, maybe it was helpful rambling.