Posts tagged: Japanese lessons

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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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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Zakennayo! by Philip Cunningham

Score: 4 / 10 Pros: dialogues cover real (but rarely polite), believable social situations; the tone and commentary are often funny and over-the-top; has no shame in its coverage of the dirty, gritty aspects of Japanese; focus on conversation and vocab building; tackles a range of seedy topics; cultural notes explain the shady side of […]

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Speak Japanese: A Textbook for Young Students, Book 1, by Kiyo Saka and Hisako Yoshiki

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: overall good pacing; lots of useful Japanese words and phrases for absolute beginners; manages to cover some grammar without tedious explanations; consistent use of kana; lots of exercises; drawings help visual learners Cons: intro to hiragana and katakana is too quick for first-timers; exercise drills are repetitive and intended for […]

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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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An Introduction to Modern Japanese by Richard Bowring & Haruko Uryu Laurie

Score: 10 / 10 Pros: very thorough presentation of beginner’s Japanese; will last a good year and still be a great reference afterward; does it all – writing, conversation, grammar, sentence structure, and plenty of activities (in book 2); introduces writing and uses the script immediately; covers kana and kanji; lots of examples, conversations and […]

Instant Immersion Japanese Deluxe (Audio & Workbook)

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: some coverage of grammar; readings build progressively on previous lessons; has you read plenty of Japanese (conversations and stories); extra videos are good for practice; purchase audio and workbook to get an ear for the language; colorful presentation Cons: limited help if you get stuck; questionable organization; even though you […]

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Basic Business Japanese (book and audio cassette) by Nancy Young

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: good coverage of business practices and example situations; plenty of sample dialogs; you even learn trickier nuances of Japanese business language; important cultural notes explain things that impact doing business in Japan; exercises; glossary of Japanese business terms with references to lesson and section numbers; structured around busy schedules; topics […]

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