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Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I - Workbook (English and Japanese Edition) Workbook Edition
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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".Read more ›
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.
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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This was exactly what I needed to go with the textbook required.Published 8 months ago by Erick Collins
This book is enjoyable but a little inundating when studying solo. It can be hard to maintain motivation to keep working.Published 19 months ago by GreenT
There are a series of these books and because I am a complete novice in Japanese, I find these particular lessons really helpful.. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wendy Mull
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 morePublished 22 months ago by timberwulff
not expected, cover all worn, first few pages are ripped, came in stuff written in it. Looked very old and wrinklyPublished on January 2, 2014 by Samuel