Learning a new language requires you to of course learn the grammar and vocabulary. But it’s just as important to practice your speaking and listening skills. I try to practice speaking as much as I can with friends and going to language exchanges. As for listening, I like to watch dramas and anime. I especially like watching children’s cartoons, because the story line is simple enough to understand to help you figure out the language part of it.
My friend recommended that I watch an anime called サザエさん (Sazae-san), which I believe is really famous in Japan. It’s a simple story of a family’s daily life. You can find many episodes on YouTube.
Another classic that’s nice to watch is アンパンマン (Anpanman).
If anyone has anymore お勧め (recommendations), let me know!