This book is great for beginners. It presents the lessons in a gradually increasing difficulty. The exercises and audio samples are great for establishing the lessons you just took, I can say that they're effective. However, this book/workbook (I am reviewing them as one, I'm copy pasting this to the workbook review) is not without its fault. First off, it assumes you know your kana by heart already. Though that's aligned in my study plan (I purposely studied kana before opening this book), they should mention it somewhere in the book. Another fault are the English explanations, some parts have many unnecessary words. I won't claim to be a good English speaker or writer but as a customer, I expected to read simple and concise English from this book. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's easy to understand but it needs improvement. I also found the introduction to verbs a bit confusing. Maybe it's just me being a complete beginner, but I found simpler explanations around the internet. Be sure to supplement your studies with another source. For Kanji section, it needs improvement, but it's fine for Elementary level. Also, the book teaches the polite Japanese style, this is not a negative for the book, depending on how you look at it. Maybe it's fine if you'll be in a work environment. I just wish that they also focused more on a more local style of speaking. I heard online that the 3rd Edition fixes the issues I mentioned above. I didn't know about the new edition when I bought this. If you're buying now, be sure to buy 3rd Edition. Overall, I'm plased with the book. I can recommend this to others (Get the 3rd Edition if you're reading this now). I will buy GENKI II 3rd Edition when I finish this.
GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese with MP3 CD-Rom Textbook I [Second Edition] w/ MP3 CD-ROM
Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ono
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|Release Date||March 2011|
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From the textbook: GENKI is a comprehensive textbook series for elementary Japanese language studies that is widely used in the USA, Australia, and Europe. It gives students a solid grounding in all four language skills -- listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
This revised edition features the following enhancements, while retaining the original series' ease of use: New columns on Japanese culture and life have been added to every lesson. Audio material in MP3 format is bundled with the texts and workbooks. Vocabulary and expressions have been updated to reflect the Japanese language as used today. Grammar explanations are easier to follow, and practices are more focused on communication.
Also contains a number of test problem so you can prepare and study for exams (answer keys to test problem are available in separately sold GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Answer Key [Second Edition]).
Perfect book cover for Genki text books.
Description in Japanese
初級日本語<げんき> 1 [第2版] MP3 CD-ROM付き / 坂野永理/〔著〕 池田庸子/〔著〕 大野裕/〔著〕 品川恭子/〔著〕 渡嘉敷恭子/〔著〕
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I had doubts at first, whether this book would end up like other books that only explain some basic lessons of Japanese. But it's beyond my expectation, in the beginning part it explains beginners stuff like katakana and hiragana, but in the end it explains deeper stuff as to someone who's already familiar with daily conversation and basic kanji. My money surely not wasted at all.
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