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Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I - Workbook (English and Japanese Edition) [Paperback]

Eri Banno , Yutaka Ohno , Yoko Sakane , Chikako Shinagawa
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2000 4789010015 978-4789010016 Workbook
Supplementary learning material for textbook Genki I - Beginner's Japanese, including grammar practices and the Chinese characters (Kanji). Japanese/English.

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Ideal for beginning students of Japanese.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: The Japan Times; Workbook edition (2000)
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 4789010015
  • ISBN-13: 978-4789010016
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese August 27, 2003
This is the best book I have found so far (I tried 3 others) for someone learning Japanese from scratch. The grammar explanations are the best I have seen in any Japanese text, and the exercises are varied enough to keep you interested. The book is divided into two sections that are studied concurrently; dialogue, vocabulary and grammar; and hiragana, katakana and kanji. This system seems to work well, and the exercises for learning all the scripts introduce the characters in small chunks that don't overwhelm you. Luckily, romajii is dropped after lesson 3. I wish someone had told me about this book earlier.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pace June 26, 2007
By Sarah
I used this workbook in my first year Japanese class in college. It complements the textbook wonderfully. The lessons are taught in a way that makes it easy to remember what you learn. This series has a rather engaging story about a girl studying in Japan, which makes it both entertaining and fun to learn Japanese. I accredit my now perfect Japanese to the Genki series. It kept me interested and motivated, while teaching me a lot. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Japanese!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moderately helpful. June 9, 2008
I agree with on of the other reviewers that the Genki textbook just does not have enough examples or in-depth / creative discussions of grammar. So when you then go to the workbook, it's kind of a baptism by fire into putting the rather anemic lessons to some use.

Another issue is that you will need the answer key to this workbook if you self-study. That is also around $20. Unfortunately, all of the answers are written in that book exclusively in kanji, which of course is not taught until the very end of the first textbook. So, when "grading" your exercises it will be a constant flipping between not only the workbook and the answer key, but the relevant textbook page itself. Which is all the more frustrating because there is minimal benefit to kanj-correction if one has not specifically been including this in the curriculum.

Another 20% of this workbook will not be of use to you unless you purchase the multi-CD listening comprehension set which is around $225! I'd opt for the less expensive 2-disc set that sources the textbook (and not this workbook) exclusively.

Lastly, I also have to laugh at one of the other reviewers who credits her "perfect" Japanese with the Genki series. Nothing could be further from the truth; one does not even begin to understand the myriad of honorifics of the language, not to mention how to speak in anything other than what might be considered ELEMENTARY, textbook Japanese. Hence, the title.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this with the Genki 1 textbook. March 5, 2007
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Be sure to buy the actual Genki textbook if you plan on buying this because without it, its pointless!

Using this workbook is a great way to learn the language (if used with the textbook). It was helped me a lot. But for some pages, you will need the CD.

I bought this from my college bookstore, it was a lot cheaper there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genki Elementary Japanese is a great text book! February 14, 2010
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I'm taking Japanese at college and this was the text book that was required. I'm very happy with it. The book explains grammar very well and the pace moves just fast enough so that my skills in the language are progressing but I don't feel lost. It does not go too much into kanji (there are some pages in the back that correspond to the lessons), but if you are just learning Japanese and have no prior experience with an Asian language- that is a very helpful feature. This is the activity workbook that goes along with the text book and it has grammar and writing exercises and kanji practice pages in the back. You don't actually need the workbook to use the text book, but I definitely recommend it for the extra practice it gives with the lessons.

The beginning of the book focuses a lot on speaking in the polite form (like if you were to speak Japanese to a teacher, stranger, acquaintance...) by using phrases such as '''"masu" and ''''"masen" at the end of verbs and '"desu" and ''''''' "jaarimasen" meaning "it is" or "it is not", as well as the past tenses of the polite forms. The second half of the book focuses on the cordial or familiar (what you use to speak with close friends, family...). This book also teaches the te-form ending (you cannot use "masu" '''or '''"masen" with a verb in the middle of the sentence, so you use the te-form). It also teaches"teimasu"'''' ending (both the te-form and the masu form together to indicate that the action is happening at the instant or that a change of action has occurred). For example: "ima ko-hi wo nondeimasu'''''''''''''" means "I am drinking coffee right now".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genki 1 workbook August 21, 2007
This workbook is a wonderful supplement to Genki 1 the text. It provides for great practice. You need the student CD for this workbook. I recommend it very much. I am teaching myself Japanese and found this set to be excellent. My Japanese friend is very impressed with what I have taught myself.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Oliver
Japanese is a very difficult language for English speakers to learn. If you've learned some French or Spanish (as I have), forget about it! Japanese is many times more difficult. That being said, Japanese is also more interesting, in that it has a completely different structure and forces you to think differently.

Genki does a good job of presenting Japanese is an orderly fashion. The authors are all native Japanese speakers, and there are a few places where they make mistakes in English, but those small errors do not take away from the text.

Genki could use a few more sample Japanese sentences, though. For example, when they present a new pattern, they often provide just a couple of examples when ten or twelve would be better. I suppose they assume (correctly) that this book will mostly be used in a classroom setting, and that the teacher will provide additional material.

In the end, Genki is a good textbook, but you will need more help if you are going to learn to speak Japanese. That is not the fault of the authors, it is just the way it is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This book is enjoyable but a little inundating when studying solo. It can be hard to maintain motivation to keep working.
Published 18 days ago by GreenT
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Published 2 months ago by Wendy Mull
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It's actually not bad, I ordered this one instead of the second edition, but ti translates very well so I'm pretty happy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by timberwulff
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible condition
not expected, cover all worn, first few pages are ripped, came in stuff written in it. Looked very old and wrinkly
Published 6 months ago by Samuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book has lots of exercises that help you figure out how to draw each character and it has lots of room to practice.
Published 11 months ago by Megan Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Resource
I brought this in 2010 after finally deciding to purchase some form of Japanese language learning material. Sad to find out months later that there's a second edition lol. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rozo A.
2.0 out of 5 stars Handwriting.
I love the Genki series, and I was glad to be able to get this for a friend. I wasn't expecting there to be writing in it though. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lynn Sier
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book is good for students and keeping your Japanese in check. also good to use if you want to maintain your japanese.
Published 18 months ago by studybug
5.0 out of 5 stars workbook
Nice and easy to understand. Great for practice, I would get two if you really wanted to learn Japanese. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jessica
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but it was marked up.
I was very please with the book. There was writing on the front cover, but I was okay with this because it did not inhibit my use of the book in any way. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Desiree Barnett
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