I’ll try my best!
- Start with hiragana. There’s a pretty good guide here and you can also use Real Kana to practice. (for free!) I mean if making flashcards or something is easier for you, go with it, I’m just giving suggestions. o3o But you want to be able to look at a hiragana and instantly know how to read it because most of the best learning resources will use kana rather than romaji/romanized Japanese.
- Learn katakana next! The Real Kana link above has katakana, too. And one of Textfugu’s free chapters covers learning katakana.
- Learn your radicals! No need to learn all of them, maybe just the important ones. You can kind of do this and kanji at the same time, it’s just that memorizing kanji (and looking them up) becomes easier the more radicals you can remember. Two radical resources here and here.
- Kanji and vocabulary comes next. There’s a bajillion websites and methods for learning kanji (just google “learning japanese kanji”), so really it’s kind of up to what works best for you. I’m a big fan of Wanikani, but it does cost money after level two.
- This should probably be done alongside all of the above, but you do need to study grammar. Nihonshock has some great grammar cheat sheets, though I think Tae Kim’s guide is superbly useful since it’s so in-depth (and free).
- The optional step of learning how to write and speak Japanese. I can’t really help much with these because I can’t write worth crap. I don’t know anything about stroke order (here have a cheat sheet). Maybe using Lang-8 would help, too. I’ve heard good things about it, though I’ve never used it. As you learn kanji/vocabulary/grammar, you kind of naturally learn the readings of the words, so technically speaking you should be able to speak, but of course it’s probably best if you practice. XD Watch movies and anime and other Japanese TV to see how people say things. Or try this, maybe. o3o
Hopefully this helps!
Kappa (river imp)
Jorōgumo (lit. “whore spider”)
Kubire-oni (strangler demon)
Rokurokubi (long-necked woman)
Onmoraki (bird demon)
Nekomata (cat monster)
Tengu (bird-like demon)
Tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller)
Enma Dai-Ō (King of Hell)
Kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed fox)
Baku (dream-eating chimera)
Yamasei (mountain sprite)
Rashōmon no oni (ogre of Rashōmon Gate)
Waira (mountain-dwelling chimera)
Nure-onna (snake woman)
a w e s o m e
and then romeo-kun and juliet-chan inevitably committed the seppuku
sugoi. what light through the window comes, desu?
it is the east, and my waifu is the sun.
did my kokoro doki till now? forswear it, sight!
for i ne’er saw true kawaii till this night.