How are you preparing for, or reviewing, your Japanese classes?
On the internet you can find sites containing supplementary learning materials to help you prepare for, or to review, lessons from certain textbooks.
Obviously, not all Japanese textbooks are catered for, but the sites that there are can be very useful, not only for lesson preparation and review, but also to help you practise your quiz-technique.
Let's look at some study websites designed to run alongside the "Minna no Nihongo" series of textbooks.
"MINNA NO NIHONGO"
Writer / Publisher: 3A Corporation
You can practise various skills covered in Lessons 1 to 50, such as grammar, kanji, reading or listening.
You can also view slides giving grammar explanations.
With sentences on the site - or sentences you choose yourself - you can attach ruby furigana to kanji, or replace kanji and hiragana to match those you learn in lessons from "Minna no Nihongo".
You can choose between Japanese, French and English for the display language.
Here you can check the grammar from Lesson 1 to 50 of the series, in a test-style format.
Elementary 1-4 is made up of Minna no Nihongo's Beginner-level book 1, and the Pre-Intermediate 1-4 section has contents from Minna no Nihongo's Beginner-level book 2.
Yo can type in your answers using hiragana or romaji.
If you make a mistake with any items, you are taken to an explanation page, where you can review the grammar points.
Choose a lesson and you can play a game to check the meanings and readings of the kanji you have learned.
Choose the textbook, the lesson and the language in which you want to see the meanings displayed.
Here, we'll choose 'Minna no Nihongo', 'Lesson 3' and 'English'.
Click on the button marked 'Quizzes' and you'll start the game.
Choose the matching meaning and reading for the kanji displayed on the left of the screen, then use the mouse to click on, and drag it next to it.
If you make the screen-width shorter before you start the game, the distance you have to drag the meaning over to the kanji will be shortened. Convenient, huh?
When you finish, click on 'Check Kanji Answers'.
You'll be shown your score, and you'll have the chance to re-do any of the questions with which you made a mistake.