Posts tagged: Japanese grammar

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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Making Sense of Japanese by Jay Rubin

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: short & medium-length essays ease your concerns about the toughest aspects of Japanese grammar; puts conversational spoken & colloquial written Japanese in context through numerous insights; filled with the author’s personality and literary touches; makes some very tricky aspects of the language accessible Cons: more of a pleasure read than […]

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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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Master the Basics: Japanese by Nobuo & Carol Akiyama

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: see pros for Barron’s Japanese Grammar; review exercises/tests for every unit; tests a bit conventional but well thought out Cons: see cons for Barron’s Japanese Grammar; Japanese text is now printed in black rather than stand-out dark red; more of a well-crafted grammar reference than a lesson guide Part of […]

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Japanese Step by Step by Gene Nishi

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: good pacing and organization between chapters and sections; great use of and number of examples; all examples in full Japanese script as well as romaji with intonation; wonderfully focused explanations attuned to the needs of busy adult learners looking to understand grammar; decent extra material; great for adult learners looking […]

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An Introduction to Modern Japanese (Book 2) by Bowring & Laurie

An Introduction to Modern Japanese is a challenging, rewarding year-long course that recieved an extremely high rating on this site. Book 2 offers a textbook full of practice exercises that complement every chapter of Book 1. (Don’t let the name fool you – this is a companion, NOT a sequel!) The activities do a thorough […]

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Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication by Taeko Kamiya

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: excellent sample Japanese sentences demonstrate how to form a variety of Japanese expressions; practice translation exercises for every sentence pattern; great index and phrase list makes expressions easy to find; expressions grouped into chapters by topic; extra examples of every sentence pattern; great explanations answer doubts but remain concise; appendix […]

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Teach Yourself Japanese by Gilhooly & Mikiko Kurose

Score: 5 / 10 Pros: plenty of material covered (grammar and language structure); dialogues and examples introduce a lot of standard, polite Japanese conversation skills; variety of exercises and challenges keeps the course helpful and – sometimes – engaging; audio CD good for pronunciation practice Cons: poor treatment of writing (nearly all romaji); author’s explanations […]

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Japanese All the Way by Hiroko Storm

The book & cassette tape (!) lesson course known as Japanese All the Way is now published as Living Language’s Ultimate Japanese. I don’t notice a difference between the two besides the updated cover and CDs, and I have reviewed the newer version (follow link above).

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Speak Like Native Speakers Japanese Verb Conjugation I by Isoko Durbin

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: pushes for a traditional Japanese way of learning verbs that clears up the difficulties in the Western way of learning Japanese verbs; clearly and easily shows how Japanese verb + auxiliary (roots + affixes) are put together; goes over a wide variety of verb constructions; tables and examples illustrate each […]

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