Today, all of the Japanese books I ordered are here. I have a subscription to Japanesepod101 also. Well almost. Modern Japanese: A Basic Reader has two volumes and I only received one. And it wasn’t even the reader volume but the volume with the vocabulary. Since Read Real Japanese is obviously a reader, I’m gonna go to the textbook.
Japanese For Everyone.
Choosing a Japanese textbook was a bit of a struggle. I don’t like Genki. I like Minna no Nihongo but it’s too expensive(I have a downloaded copy to test it out first). That and I can’t pace myself well through it. I tend to burn out when I try to use it. In the end I ended up going with Japanese for everyone. I’ve used this textbook before and I really like it. It introduces 4 – 7 grammar points per chapter for 27 chapters. This one book will teach what Genki does. I like the grammar explanations better in this book as well.
The first few chapters have romaji. I can easily ignore that though. After each grammar point you have exercises. This book is great for self studying because there’s an answer section in the back of the book.
Romaji is gone by the chapter 6. I like that this book has cute little drawings. My Korean textbook doesn’t have these.
Another thing I like about this book is that it only gives you the vocabulary you need at the moment. You get a dialogue and then the vocab list only has words from the dialogue that you don’t know. So the vocabulary is in context and I’m not just learning random words. For the exercises, it’ll introduce words as you need them and not before that.
A grammar point from chapter 6 plus the exercise. (*sobs* I’m sorry these are upside down.)
There’s also reading and listening comprehension exercises. The scripts for the listening exercises are in the back of the book also. One thing though, the audio doesn’t come with the book. But it’s pretty easy to find online. I’ve had it for a while so that wasn’t too much of an issue for me.
Next is Reading Japanese. I didn’t buy this book offline. I had randomly come across it at a thrift store years ago. On it’s own this book isn’t very useful. You need to know a bit of grammar or you won’t get far. It’s supposed to go with the books Beginning Japanese part 1 and part 2. I won’t use those because they are completely in romaji. But this still has its uses I think.
(ignore my half painted nails…)
The kanji section. It introduces about 450 kanji. Some of them are old but I don’t think that’s too much of an issue. I have my phone to help me out if I need it. (See that romaji *sighs*) I do like that it shows examples of kanji actually written though and not just typed. It really helps I think when trying to learn to write them.
The best part of this I think is the reading sections after kanji for the lesson is introduced. The book essentially becomes a reader. There’s no English translation. There are notes for some phrases like some readers have though but no full translations. There are even questions about the reading sections in Japanese. There’s also a rewrite of the reading sections in a handwritten format. Honestly even if I don’t end up using this for learning kanji, the reading selections will be pretty good reading practice there are 17 lessons. 25 in all but i’m excluding the kana lessons.
I’ll start setting a schedule for Japanese study now.