Well hi there everyone! I'm pretty new in around here but I'll contribute! =)
This topic will be about ways to practice reading or using japanese!
Before you start anything, please make sure you have both a hiragana chart and a katakana chart
( I have my dictionary, which is the same )
It's best to start with the basics (hiragana, katakana) The easiest way to practice reading those is...Reading Japanese manga! In mangas, they would put the hiragana pronunciation for every Kanji so it's very easy to read. =)
Note: While reading in hiragana/katakana, you should use a dictionary there's one right here http://www.yesjapan.com/dictionary/
, pretty complete (formal words). This way, you might easily pick up the kanji's pronunciation and its meaning.
I got pretty far using this although I've been a bit lazy lately...It's very easy and can get anyone to learn the language at a high pace without taking lessons!
Trust me !
Well good luck people! :wink