As it turns out, there are roughly 1,798,312 websites out there which will tell you something about Japanese grammar, a point which is still valid in spite of the fact that I completely made that number up. So, given the vast number of sites out there (and, again, I have no actual idea how many there are) which one should you use?
I have no idea.
But, I did find one that I like.
I was stumbling around the interwebs like I do, looking for Japanese language related things, and I came across a site called 文プロ, and, yes, that a Japanese pun. (The Japanese word for grammar is 文法 (ぶんぽう) and プロ is short for professional.) I have to like a language resource site that starts off with a pun.
Also, it is my favorite price, and we all know what that is, right? ただ (free!).
I just signed up for an account and have started to explore the site, but I already know that I wish I had known about it a few months ago!
It it set up by JLPT levels, and it looks like this:
A click gives you example sentences in kanji with furigana and translation, along with some helpful color coding:
And then you can get more information from other websites:
For this grammar point, you have TaeKim and MaggieSensei as the sites you go to for more information. The previous card had two different websites, and some cards have four sites exploring different facets of the grammar point, so you don’t always get the same sites for reference, which I like, since not all sites explain things in a way that works well for me. Also, I am impressed by the wide variety of sites that have turned up in the first ten cards, including some sites that I have never seen before, but some of which you can be sure I will be visiting now that I know about them.
And, best of all:
Spaced repetition reviews!
The reviews, by the way, require you to actually type in the answer, so you are forced to actually recall the information, or you get the review wrong. Nice!
UPDATE: I just discovered another truly excellent thing about this site. Grammar from earlier cards shows up in later cards, which helps to serve as an extra review for the earlier cards. This is something that most grammar sites (and even books) that I have tried don’t seem to do very often, but it is something that they all should do.
The more I use this site, the more impressed I am by it.