So the goal here is to try to get to 1,000 tips for learning Japanese. I've been learning pretty much alone off and on over the years, and just got serious this year. In this time I've learned a bunch of tips which I'll list now. If you got something make a list and let's see if we can get 1,000 tips to help each other and those who are just beginning.
1: Learn through Vocab.
Though lots of people will argue the importance of grammar, learning through Vocab is a great way to get moving. It builds confidence and helps you start to understand the general content of a sentence once heard or read. However, you can't just be lazy about this. Learn about 30-35 words a day, (A rule in learning languages) and you should be more or less fluent in a year, sometimes longer or less than a year. (The goal here is 10,000 words.)
2: Learn how to write it.
It was fun to start writing Kana for the first time and helped me memorize it really fast, much more quicker than looking at it. I got a book and wrote it over and over, but sadly it did eventually get boring. When you write them, make sure you learn the stroke order.
Learn both the hiragana and katakana. Learning to write the kanji can come later and I'll explain in a bit.
3: Learn how to pronouce it.
Not only do you need to learn each character, but learn words. An example is how people pronounce desu as des... (which is really just a lazy "su" sound at the end)
4: Don't be afraid of Kanji.
Though it may look hard, Kanji is your friend in my experience. Why? People learn better by associating words and numbers with pictures. One of those freaks who can memorize a the numbers on 4 or 5 dollar bills even agrees. Kanji looks like pictures, so if you get a great app or even a set of flash cards, just remember what the Kanji looks like, and then the word. Manabu, Hon, Mizu, Hi, Yama, Hito, Moshi, Kubi, and tons other's look like what the words are. I have an app on my phone that let's you study the words in English and Kana and then quiz you on the kanji. Great for memory.
5. Set a goal.
The hardest part for me in learning Japanese was starting and continuing.
Set a goal to start, and learn at least "so and so" in a day or "so and so" at a time. I learn when I stand in the chow line, and read before I sleep.
6. Study before you sleep.
Though studying before sleeping makes you more sleepy you remember more.
Now it's time for the fun stuff. Don't do music wrong and just memorize the words without knowing the meaning. Look up the lyrics and then look up each word. Though it may not always be the proper way to speak, it is a great way to memorize words. People memorize things that are put into music form much more better than if it's just thrown at you.
I watched this video of a guy on youtube who learned a good chunk of Japanese using anime. What you do is, after you get a good vocabulary list stuck in your head. Watch a show that is subbed, then go back and watch it raw, or don't read the subs. You'll have fun and start to pick up on stuff since you're activating the listening part of your mind.
Learn the grammar damn it, nough said.
10. No Rosetta stone for Japanese.
Rosetta stone teaches you formal Japanese, instead of normal every day "hey what's up" understandable Japanese. So yeah, don't do it. I found a guide by this guy named Tae Kim, that helps. Google it.
11. Speak It.
Even if no one understands you, I still say "sukimasen, gomen ne, oyasumi nasai" and so on, though people don't know what I'm saying. This also builds confidence... or makes you look like a nerd, don't screw it up lol.
12. Replace words.
Start replacing words in your mind with Japanese words.
Anyway, there's 12, I hope you guys can do better. 988 more.