Essential Resources

Mainichi. Japanese Google Chrome App
Here is a resource I've been using for over a month. Basically this makes your homepage random Japanese vocabulary each time you open a new tab. An effortless way to expose yourself to some Japanese vocabulary Big Grin

Lifehacker article: Mainichi Teaches You Japanese with Every New Chrome Tab
r/JapaneseInTheWild/: Basically Japanese signs in the "wild".

Quote:Welcome to Japanese in the Wild. Studying off a textbook can get boring. I find that seeing real-life instances of a language can help motivate learners and will provide a lot of practical, everyday vocabulary.

Seems like a great resource for those of us who aren't in Japan Big Grin
Really surprised that none of these have been mentioned yet (that I've seen), but my needs skew intermediate-and-up where the holy grail is audio/video with transcripts or scripts in electronic format (some of these resources are good for upper-beginner, though). Note that I don't mind paying for high-quality resources, so non-free content is included (though it's generally reasonably priced).

Direct instruction/assistance:

Lang-8 to have your japanese writing corrected by native speakers free:

Live online japanese instruction with flexible hours to suit your schedule: - structured small group or 1-on-1 classes for all levels - 1-on-1 tutoring - courses in business japanese specifically (I haven't tried this resource yet, but I'm interested to)

Media sources:

Bilingual News Podcast and Transcripts (also available on android):

News in slow japanese ('normal' speed on this resource is a bit slow for my taste, but probably good for beginner-intermediate students):

Amazon kindle japan:

FeBe! for japanese audiobooks with direct mp3 download available through the site:

Subtitles: - anime - dorama

Software for working with subtitles: - very streamlined way to re-time soft subs, if needed - add / replace soft sub tracks on mkv files

Software for reading:

Wakaru, the best (IMHO) Japanese reader app:

Calibre and it's De-DRM plugin, in case you hypothetically wanted to strip ebooks you had purchased of DRM for use in another e-reader:
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@ttenani: a lot of those resources are pretty well-known to most of the users. The only one I have never personally seen was the online business Japanese courses.

Here are some resources I found for increasing Japanese reading speed. Thought I'd share.

MONDO (モンド) - Reading Japan App for iOS/Android

MONDO Wrote:An app that unlocks Japanese reading.

MONDO is made for all who have an interest in Japan,
especially people studying Japanese who want to read above their current level
to access interesting content and improve their reading ability.

Rapid Recognition Trainer for Hiragana and Katakana by Purdue University Japanese School at Middlebury College.

Purdue University Japanese School Wrote:This is a simple trainer for learners of Japanese to improve their recognition speed of hiragana and katakana. The purpose of this exercise is to increase the recognition speed; thus, it is assumed that you have already learned the pronunciation of each letter.
I'd add OPlayer:

SRT subs support, subtitle delay panel, AND an A/B Repeat mode to loop those hard to understand segments. It's my go-to tool for my am commute anime watching.

Also, thanks for /r/JapaneseInTheWild. I got quite a kick out of this:

I made a bad habit in my three visits to Japan of taking copious pictures of signs. Maybe I'll post a few.
Rule 2 seems very yakuza specific xD reminds me of an old American ad about a rug stating that it was multipurpose xD I think it is obvious where I'm going with this *coughMobcough*
I don't know if anyone posted any handwritten Kanji recognizers like yet. They're way faster for getting an electronic copy of a Kanji (you see in a book, or in a video), than sites like Jisho, where you have to search by radicals.

Note: make sure you select "ignore stroke order", it works much better that way...unless you know the stroke order, of courseSmile...but if you know the stroke order, you probably don't need this tool.