Posts tagged: Japanese workbooks

3 Kanji Workbooks: Mastering Japanese Kanji, Kanji Power, First 100 Japanese Kanji

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: space to practice writing each of 200+ characters; stroke-by-stroke demonstration of how to write kanji; kanji readings & meanings for each character; sample words/phrases using each character; Kanji Power & Mastering the Kanji have extra practice exercises, while First and Second 100 Kanji offer larger, better spaces to practice writing […]

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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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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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Guide to Learning Hiragana & Katakana by Henshall & Takagaki

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: lots of practice writing each character (this is a workbook full of writing activities); emphasizes space for you to practice writing in designated boxes; covers all kana; introduces 10 syllables at a time, then words using those syllables; good final review test; simple, straightforward and effective – just what Japanese […]

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250 Essential Kanji for Everyday Use, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Kanji Text Research Group

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: puts kanji learning in context with phrases, exercises, pictures and real-life reading situations; plenty of practice exercises for writing; lessons reflect daily contexts in Japan; good variety; thorough appendix and index make book easy to come back to; uses kana, kanji and romaji without leaning on romaji as a crutch […]

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Japanese in Mangaland: Learning the Basics by Marc Bernabe

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: attractive presentation; explanations are informal and engaging; solid coverage of beginner language topics; nice vocabulary index; lots of manga panels as examples; good connection between the Japanese manga and the Japanese language functions learned in each chapter; great use of Japanese script alongside Romanization everywhere in the book Cons: material […]

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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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Berlitz Japanese in 30 Days (audio CDs and lesson book)

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: thorough coverage of grammar; lots of audio dialogs and exercises; space to write in the coursebook/workbook; good variation on themes and practice with each topic; explanations kept short but pertinent Cons: set aside a lot of time if you actually want to complete it in 30 days; Japanese dialogues are […]

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Let’s Learn Hiragana: First Book of Basic Japanese Writing by Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: a hands-on workbook with practice exercises and explanations; very good presentation and structure; short but effective; ramps up from basic syllables to complex syllables to words to whole sentences Cons: you’ll need more practice with hiragana to really master it; you’ll still be missing katakana and kanji, of course; I […]

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