Posts tagged: Japanese for beginners

Japanese Essential Edition by Living Language

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: full introductory conversational course; audio CDs let you listen to most every Japanese word, sentence & dialogue in the book; each unit builds up from vocabulary words to phrases to sentences to dialogues; deals with quite a bit of beginner Japanese grammar; appendix includes vocabulary glossary & lengthy grammar summary; […]

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Assimil Japanese with Ease

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: lots of spoken Japanese dialogue on the audio CD; the CDs & book match each other well; lessons are short & focused on conversational language; good pacing helps smooth the learning curve; pronunciation & grammar are taught in context; strong focus on audio keeps the course colloquial & relevant; practice […]

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Jimi’s Book of Japanese by Takahashi & Toka

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: designed for children but useful to adults as well; colorful presentation of all the kana in two small, thin volumes; every character printed large with written strokes counted and stroke direction indicated; strong way to visualize the basic syllabaries of the written language; sample vocabulary words using each character; a […]

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Human Japanese by Rak Software

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: explains the basics of Japanese the way an engaging teacher might; the explanations have a warm touch to them; lessons include interactive practice exercises; lengthy but insightful cultural notes about Japan & the Japanese; audio files allow you to click on and hear vocabulary words; built-in mini dictionary allows you […]

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Japanese Kanji Flashcards (White Rabbit Press)

Hodges’ & Okazaki’s Japanese Kanji Flashcards provide a systematic way to learn over 1000 kanji characters by studying hundreds of flashcards. Cards are color coded to three levels of proficiency as measured by the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (levels 4 through 2 – it counts down in difficulty). Although I have yet to write a […]

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Kanji Cards, Vol. 1-4 by Tuttle

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: includes all the basic information about kanji on each card; one card tests your knowledge of one character; composition on one side, meaning and reading on the other; reference numbers for each kanji link this resource to any dictionary or kanji reference guide; over 1000 characters throughout all four sets; […]

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goJapanese: Speak the goPimsleur Way by Pimsleur

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: my previous pros about Pimsleur method apply; gives you a taste of how Pimsleur’s lessons work; introduces basic words & phrases; includes MP3 as well as standard audio CD versions of this course Cons: cons about Pimsleur Japanese still apply; only includes eight easy, basic lessons; if you learn well […]

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Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese

The Japan Times’ Genki is among the most popular Japanese language courses for older students and adults. It’s also a common recommendation for self-study. The Genki materials include a course book, a workbook and audio CDs. The lessons come in two phases: Genki I and Genki II. You may also purchase the answer key books […]

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Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook by Nagamura & Tsuchiya

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: great range of phrases for travelers to Japan or Japanese language enthusiasts; audio CD reads phrases aloud to you; clean layout; easy to spot and read each phrase; good organization of topics, chapters & phrases; romaji and Japanese script for every phrase; 1800 phrases, quality print & paper Cons: vocabulary […]

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Everyday Japanese by Edward Schwarz & Reiko Ezawa

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: good range of topics and phrases; language and culture topics structured around travel and life in Japan; plenty of cultural notes linked to words and phrases as you learn them; all phrases written in romaji, kana and kanji versions; good organization of topics; good index; sample dialogs/conversations; decent pronunciation guide […]

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