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Posted June 14, 2012 by admin in Beginner
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Rating

Usefulness
B+


Price
C+


Approachability
A+


Longevity
B


Total Score
B+


Overview

Creator: Genki
 
Where You Can Find It: Any Book Store, Amazon
 
Cost: Amazon Price: $49 With the CD: $59
 
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Very approachable for newcomers to Japanese. Contains a great deal of useful Vocab and Grammar. CD and workbooks to help you practice Listening and Writing.
 

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It can be expensive. There are plenty of cheap used copies floating around but if you buy Genki new with a CD it can cost around $59. Too much English.
 

So you are just starting out in your Japanese studies and need a textbook, what do you choose?  For most of us the choice will come down to two books:  Genki and Minna No Nihongo.  Both are fine places to start, but lets look at Genki. Genki is great for beginners.  The two book series […]

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So you are just starting out in your Japanese studies and need a textbook, what do you choose?  For most of us the choice will come down to two books:  Genki and Minna No Nihongo.  Both are fine places to start, but lets look at Genki.

Genki is great for beginners.  The two book series offers the most essential words and grammar that anyone will need to survive in Japan while at the same time touching on some more advanced Japanese.  It does a terrific job of introducing learners to Japanese.  Possibly the best part about Genki is how approachable it makes Japanese.  Genki starts off teaching you Japanese using English letters instead of all in Hiragana.  This makes it super easy to pick up and learn from.  Genki makes Japanese feel possible.

Unfortunately, what makes Genki special, could possibly be its greatest weakness.  Although Genki slowly builds the reader to getting used to Hiragana and basic Kanji, its reliance on English could handicap the learners and limit their growth.

Amazon Price: $49

With the CD: $59

 

If you are not sold on Genki, check out our review for:

Minna No Nihongo

 

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Rating: 8.8/10 (6 votes cast)

Genki, 8.8 out of 10 based on 6 ratings


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