- 1. http://jisho.org/ (for a break down of the words and sentence structure, particles and conjugation.)
2. http://weblio.jp/ (for meanings, and suggestions, and Japanese-Japanese dictionary resource)
3. http://thejadednetwork.com/sfx/ (for sound effects)
4. http://www.excite.co.jp/world/english_japanese/ (For meaning)
5. https://translate.google.com/ (For "general meanings" of particular words, but not usually effective for an entire block of text. I also use this to make sure my Kanji is correct when I'm about to write something in Japanese.)
6. http://www.japanesedictionary.info/en/d ... -japanese/ (For another alternative dictionary /word look up tool)
7. http://www.polarcloud.com/rikaichan/ (Very useful browser plugin for machine translation and kanji lookup) Flame told me about this one.
8. http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi- ... dic.cgi?1C - JIm Breen WWWJDIC (older resource)
9. http://www.romajidesu.com/- RomanjiDesu (Can be useful when trying to sound out Romanji.)
10. https://sites.google.com/site/agthook/ - AGTH: Anime Games Text Hooker for playing Visual Novels on a PC. (Additional Notes below.)
11. http://thejapanesepage.com/grammar.htm - The Japanese Page: 100 Grammar Points
12. http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/ - Tae Kim's Guide to Japanese
13. https://www.wanikani.com/ - A kanji learning application by the people from Tofugu
14. http://forum.koohii.com/viewtopic.php?p ... 11#p137211 - User cb4960's collection of useful programs.
15. http://thejapanesepage.com/hiragana - (Useful for studying / memorizing kana)
16. http://ankisrs.net/ - Anki - (For memorization, but its use is controversial. Possibly the best option if you're trying to learn something well defined with a limited scope, like kana or state capitals, because enterprising users have published public pre-made decks.)
*Noota says that weblio,is much more than a useful tool for machine translation. The far greater resource that weblio has to offer is their definition search. It's a bit of an advanced translation feature, but highly recommended after learning how to parse Japanese-Japanese dictionary entries, so that you can use weblio's dictionary service. He said it is really, really top-notch stuff, and can't tell us how many times looking up a word in a J-J dictionary helped him to finally understand what differentiated it from similar words.
AGTH: Basic operation:
"Attaches" to a process (like OllyDbg does)
When that process displays text, by default it copies that text to the clipboard. Works with many VN games.
From here you can do whatever you'd like with that text, such as lookup unknown words, machine translation, mark words or sentences for later study, etc...
User cb4960's programs:
All manner of random programs. Definitely try his Rikaisama (Firefox only). It is about 10 improvements to Rikaichan and you could use any or all of those. I use expanded dictionaries and word saving. You should also check out Capture2Text for OCR of Japanese text. Most of the others are useless (they need you to have novel texts that I have no idea where to get).
I know Xalphenos is an active WaniKani member and he's getting pretty far along in his studies. I tried it for a bit, but did not keep up with it. He also uses the text book Genji to study. I have Genki as well, but have not looked it in a few years. Right now I'm using Rosetta Stone software and Primsleur Japanese when driving to work (mainly for speaking and audible comprehension in Japanese, but not as much practice on the writing aspect as of yet, although I can read kana and some basic kanji).