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Genki 2: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Audio CD – February 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: The Japan Times; 1st edition (February 1, 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 4789011631
  • ISBN-13: 978-4789011631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyway, this book is much like the Nakama and the Yookoso series.
Seller No. 90
Without access to some source of spoken Japanese, I don't think it's possible to learn the language, and this production only confuses the issue.
Robert J. Gibson
I received the CD and returned it because it was not what I was expecting and I still haven't received my refund.
Philippa

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By meh on May 8, 2010
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This is ONLY the audio CD. I'm not sure why people are reviewing the textbook here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Gibson on December 22, 2010
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I find it wholly impossible to connect anything on the cd with anything in the textbook, which makes the cd all but worthless. I'd assumed the cd would have the vocabulary or the dialogues in the textbooks spoken so that it would be possible to follow along with the speakers. Instead it seems to be just words and phrases chosen at random. Without access to some source of spoken Japanese, I don't think it's possible to learn the language, and this production only confuses the issue. There is scarcely a word of English in it to let you know what the spoken text is supposed to represent, and since it doesn't correspond to the text, I can't see how anyone would find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xxxxx on November 23, 2012
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The second edition of the Japanese language textbook An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese: Genki by The Japan Times is a revision of its predecessor with the same title. New “Culture Notes,” “Expression Notes” and the ethnic balance of the characters in the illustration as well as the more thorough recording by the attached audio CD are the examples of obvious improvements.
The fatal drawback of this edition, on the other hand, is its usage of the negative forms of the sentence final “desu” as “janai desu” (L.2, Grammar 6) or “janakatta desu” (L.4 Grammar 3) as well as those of the i-adjectives as “-kunai desu” (L.5 Grammar 1) or “-kunakatta desu” (L.5 Grammar 1). These are informal counterparts of the formal “ja arimasen,” “ja arimasen deshita,” “-ku arimasen,” and “-ku arimasenn deshita” forms used in the first edition. The second edition mentions the polite style only parenthetically in Lesson 5 Grammar 1 without explaining the danger of the informal speech style giving improper and rude impressions. “Ashita wa samukunai desu” (p.201), which the second edition introduces as a model sentence for a television weather forecaster, unfortunately, is something not many have ever heard.
The students who have familiarized the informal speech through the drills in the second edition or through the accompanying audio CD, will not know where they have pulled a blunder when they fail in a job interview. The instructors’ reminders of this problem would only confuse, if not annoy, the students. The harder the instructors remind their students of this problem, the more will the students will lose confidence in both the textbook and their instructor. Possible remedies for this problem would be either for the Japan Times to keep printing the first edition or to revise the revised edition. If the publisher is going to take the second choice, the “~nakya ikemasen” ending should also be changed to “~nakucha ikemasen” if not “~nakutewa ikemasen.”
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on December 2, 2010
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very good textbook for use in a class. not so great for self study.
hasn't been updated in 15 years or so, so some things are really out dated (they talk about cassette tapes, etc)
however the basics of the language haven't changed much.
it is frustrating when the kanji vocab are really obscure words that we aren't likely to see again till we are more advanced speakers, so we'll forget them.
Also, the readings contain too much vocabulary that isn't part of the vocabulary list. Why can't they make readings using vocabulary we have learned.
And the listening portion before the vocab list is frustrating because it uses grammar we haven't learned
otherwise it is a good text. grammar is well explained.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philippa on March 8, 2011
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I received the CD and returned it because it was not what I was expecting and I still haven't received my refund.
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Genki 2

This is quite ok. But this is mainly for students and not so suitable for adults to study Japanese.
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