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Posted 5/7/09 , edited 5/15/09
As with any other discipline, being armed with a robust foundation of literature and resources marks the difference between having a comprehensive understanding of the Japanese Language over a superficial one. The following are some resources that I, personally, have found useful in learning the Japanese Language. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, is simply a selection of references that have proven rather useful over others. If you have your own suggestions, feel free to post them here in the format prescribed:

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Name of Book by Author
Publisher and Publication Date
Link to (if available)
Short description (preferably written by you)

Language Instruction Books

Minna no Nihongo (Elementary Level Japanese) Bk. 1

Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese

Kana References

Though you can probably learn the Kana for free online, there are a couple references that give useful tips in memorizing them, as well as excellent background information on the phonetics and structures of the Kana.

Let's Learn Hiragana: First Book of Basic Japanese Writing

Let's Learn Katakana: Second Book of Basic Japanese Writing

Kana Flashcards (Japanese Edition)

Kanji References

Essential Kanji


The Original Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary: Classic Edition

Berlitz Pocket Dictionary Japanese

JEDict (for Macintosh)
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