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So You Want to Learn Japanese?

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The list author says: "This is a list with the Japanese language texts that I have found most essential for learning. Add to this a good denshi jissho and you will pretty much be covered for anything."
A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters
A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters
"Critical text explaining genealogy of how kanji are formed.  Essential towards understanding the evolution of each character's meaning."
Guide to Reading & Writing Japanese: Third Edition
Guide to Reading & Writing Japanese: Third Edition
"A useful addition to the other book by Henshall.  Though limited it provides useful information on stroke order."
A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
"Volume I of important series that explains grammatical concepts in more detail. This set is important in providing kanji/kana examples, with romaji, and accompanying english translations.  Great for helping you to think about how to translate as well."
A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
"Volume II of important series that explains grammatical concepts in more detail.  From this point on the series includes kanji/kana and english translations with no romaji."
Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar (Japanese Edition)
Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar (Japanese Edition)
"Volume III of important series that explains grammatical concepts in more detail."
Building Word Power in Japanese: Using Kanji Prefixes and Suffixes
Building Word Power in Japanese: Using Kanji Prefixes and Suffixes
"Important in helping you to see the patterns in Kanji prefixes and suffixes."
Kodanshas Dictionary of Basic Japanese Idioms (Kodansha's Children's Classics)
Kodanshas Dictionary of Basic Japanese Idioms (Kodansha's Children's Classics)
"Great book of idioms in kanji with romaji and translations.  Helpful in building your colloquial Japanese.  That said, my only criticism of this book is that the author takes way too many liberties in his English translations of the example sentences."
A Guide to Writing Japanese Kanji & Kana: A Self-Study Workbook for Learning Japanese Characters (Tuttle Language Library)
A Guide to Writing Japanese Kanji & Kana: A Self-Study Workbook for Learning Japanese Characters (Tuttle Language Library)
"Great book with both examples of usage, stroke order, and practice space to write the characters yourself."
Guide to Writing Kanji & Kana: A Self-Study Workbook for Learning Japanese Characters, Book 2
Guide to Writing Kanji & Kana: A Self-Study Workbook for Learning Japanese Characters, Book 2
"Book 2 of the set, covering the remaining kanji of the joyo kanji sequence."
Japanese  English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Visual Dictionaries)
Japanese English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Visual Dictionaries)
"Great visual dictionary of vocabulary that you will use in everday life."
GENKI I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [With CDROM] (Japanese Edition) (English and Japanese Edition)
GENKI I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese [With CDROM] (Japanese Edition) (English and Japanese Edition)
"The Genki series with it's accompanying workbooks and CDs are the best overall tool that I have ever used for learning Japanese.  The explanations are clear and the progression is outstanding."
Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook I [Second Edition] (Japanese Edition)
Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook I [Second Edition] (Japanese Edition)
"Genki Volume II Workbook"
Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II [Second Edition] (Japanese Edition) (English and Japanese Edition)
Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II [Second Edition] (Japanese Edition) (English and Japanese Edition)
"Genki Volume II"
Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, Workbook 2, 2nd Edition (Book & CD-ROM) (English and Japanese Edition)
Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, Workbook 2, 2nd Edition (Book & CD-ROM) (English and Japanese Edition)
"Genki Volume II Workbook"