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

4.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-4789010016
ISBN-10: 4789010015
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: The Japan Times; Workbook edition (2000)
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 4789010015
  • ISBN-13: 978-4789010016
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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There are a series of these books and because I am a complete novice in Japanese, I find these particular lessons really helpful..I would recommend this book ( it is a workbook for the actual course ) for anyone starting out.
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By Jessica on November 17, 2012
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Nice and easy to understand. Great for practice, I would get two if you really wanted to learn Japanese. Get one to learn with your class, another one to review with (but honestly who hwas the time for that haha.
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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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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. I'm just happy the intermediate books I purchased were already updated.

I use Genki to teach Japanese to a few of my friends as I learn along myself. It's a great refresher course. Very Simple and basic. It may be out dated but it still helps you a lot.
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