So you have decided to start learning Japanese. Maybe you have learned a few words at this point but are now looking to start building full sentences. Deciding where to start can be overwhelming at first. There’s so many books to choose from especially at the beginner level.
The Genki an Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Books are the first resources I recommend to anyone who is looking to start studying Japanese seriously.
I went from only knowing a few dirty words to being able to have basic conversations for the first time and navigate my way around Japan and use what I learned in daily situations after completing the Genki Japanese textbooks.
I will admit the most of what I learned I used in bars to meet and clubs to meet girls. Having a grasp of the language suddenly opened up a lot more opportunities. Not everyone speaks English and a lot of those who can are too embarrassed to try.
What you will learn with this book.
Every lesson includes new essential Japanese grammar and vocabulary. Each lesson starts out with a conversation that you might have little to know understanding of but it will all make sense once you complete the lesson.
The grammar concepts are explained in an easy comprehensible way with plenty of examples for you to understand.
If you haven’t already learned how to read and write hiragana and katakana yet you will have no problem after completing this book. The work book that comes separately is will burn the writing and grammar points in your head.
There is a list of kanji for you to learn and write out in the back of the book with reading and writing drills for each new list of kanji per lesson. This is one section of the book I can’t comment to much because when I completed my workbooks I made the mistake of thinking learning the kanji would be a waste of time as I just wanted to be able to speak as fast as possible.
I recommend completing all of the exercises and drill that are in the book. Don’t sell yourself short on the kanji. It will definitely help out in understanding and acquiring more vocabulary.
Another important thing worth mentioning.
I attended a Japanese language school for 6 months. The books used in Japanese language schools are the Minna Nihongo Series. You will spend over 6 months paying to learn what you could have already learned yourself by completing the Genki Series.
I would strongly recommend completing the Genki books if you can before entering a Japanese language school so you can make the most of your time and money.
In short to recover the important things you will learn upon completing the Genki series.
- Basic useful grammar.
- Read and right hiragana and katakana.
- Essential vocabulary
- You will be able to have basic conversations about your likes, dislikes, and your experiences with native Japanese.
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