Good (text)book to learn Japanese
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I am currently taking Japanese class (beginner) but summer is coming and I don't wanna stop learning japanese because i dont wanna forget the stuffs that i learned.. and I want to do something this Summer.. is there a good Japanese book to learn Japanese... (beginner japanese grammar)

I prefer cheap books lol $30 is good XD

bassically im asking is there a good book and what is the name of it (ex. Blah blah's Beginner Japanese Grammar Textbook)
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I have heard really good things about genki when I was looking into learning japanese, so I would look into it.
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francisloyola778 wrote:

I am currently taking Japanese class (beginner) but summer is coming and I don't wanna stop learning japanese because i dont wanna forget the stuffs that i learned.. and I want to do something this Summer.. is there a good Japanese book to learn Japanese... (beginner japanese grammar)

I prefer cheap books lol $30 is good XD

bassically im asking is there a good book and what is the name of it (ex. Blah blah's Beginner Japanese Grammar Textbook)


Study abroad. The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Most Universities and Colleges have them.
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Study abroad. The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Most Universities and Colleges have them.


Cannot say that enough! Only learn a Language at a University if your really dedicated and self driven; otherwise you'll fall flat on your face. The best place to learn it is to immerse yourself into the culture and the lanugage so you have no other choice but to learn it and understand it. Though you really can't go past a really good Kana dictionary.
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Try here for some suggestions: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-796029/what-are-the-best-ways-to-learn-japanese
Also, if u don't want to spend money, u can check what your local libraries have. You can probably search their online catalog too so u can see ahead of time if they even carry any Japanese language books/CDs/etc.
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I rented the pimsler (spelled wrong, gomen) approach Basic Japanese from the library. Love and recommend it. Oh, it's a disc set though.
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GENKI 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese

It's on the somewhat expensive side, but it's totally worth buying if you're willing to learn the fundamentals of Japanese. It's the book I've been using for the last 3 Japanese classes I've taken.
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Yes, GENKI is a really great series. I took the first class of many towards my Japanese minor last semester, and we're using the GENKI series. It does the job on teaching you vocab, kanji, and grammar. I will hopefully be studying over in Japan in 2014. It's $50 though, so you're better of getting it used if you can.
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francisloyola778 wrote:

I am currently taking Japanese class (beginner) but summer is coming and I don't wanna stop learning japanese because i dont wanna forget the stuffs that i learned.. and I want to do something this Summer.. is there a good Japanese book to learn Japanese... (beginner japanese grammar)

I prefer cheap books lol $30 is good XD

bassically im asking is there a good book and what is the name of it (ex. Blah blah's Beginner Japanese Grammar Textbook)


Have to agree with people above about GENKI. I took two semesters of Japanese at college using GENKI and it's a wonderful book that teaches beginner knowledge and forming advance sentences. I would advise getting the second edition as it comes with a CD to help reinforce your learning. Here's some pictures I took of my book. SOrry they are sideways. Not sure why Crunchyroll uploaded them that way.




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WeegeeProject wrote:

Yes, GENKI is a really great series. I took the first class of many towards my Japanese minor last semester, and we're using the GENKI series. It does the job on teaching you vocab, kanji, and grammar. I will hopefully be studying over in Japan in 2014. It's $50 though, so you're better of getting it used if you can.


50 bucks? you paid way too much

i got the workbook as well together for 35ish


That's the normal price if you buy it new on Amazon or, like me, at your school bookstore. If you're going to get it used, it's guaranteed to be cheaper, unless you got a good deal buying it new. Depending if you're taking a class at college, you may not even need to buy the workbook because the one I took, she took scans off of it I believe and we did it for homework.
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Genki 1 and Genki 2 - we used it in our japanese classes
But I don't know where you can find them nor how much they cost since we got them from our sensei
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I had great luck with Elementary Japanese http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0804835047/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Genki is pretty good as well but Elementary Japanese has a more thorough explanation of grammar than Genki and covers a bit more ground than Genki. However, if grammar terminology isn't your strong suit, I would recommend Genki.
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Personal thread, already answered, essentially duplicate of at least one other thread: /forumtopic-796029/what-are-the-best-ways-to-learn-japanese

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