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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: The Japan Times; Second Edition edition (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 4789014401
  • ISBN-13: 978-4789014403
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Uchiha.Itachi on 25 Oct 2011
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I'm using this book at the moment for my studies at university and it's really helpful.

The advantage this edition has over the last is that this one comes with an audio CD (you can't play it on a CD player but you can use it on your computer), it has 20% more information and cultural notes as opposed to the first edition.

It is expensive but it's worth it as it's highly detailed and relatively easy to understand (as Japanese goes!) without being one of those books where most of it is taken up with pictures.

I would recommend any beginner to buy this book for the above reasons. I hope this review is helpful and good luck with your studies ^_^
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lars on 29 May 2011
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"Genki 1" is a product worth trying out. My astonishment over how much Japanese writing was in this book when I first looked at the introductory page went by fast as I understood that the introduction was in both Japanese and in English. So no worries there, this book is strictly for beginners.

When I first tried to learn Japanese there were many uncertainties, I didn't know how to go about it and i was fumbling in the dark at first, switching from teaching myself Hiragana to attempting to tackle the grammar. A friend of mine showed me a book called "Japanese for Dummies", it's a fairly good book, but it seemed to be more of a phrasebook-approach and there were no Japanese writing. The issue was that I got a very funfactual approach and though I would have learned to pronunce some simple sentences I would never learn how to read or write it.

I did know Hiragana before I bought this book, I could read and understand it fairly well through practice and games on the internet. That's an advantage, when you open a new book full of learning material it's not always motivating that you have to learn a bunch of stuff before you can begin reading the actual book, so knowing Hiragana and some Katakana before you get this book is very important. In that case I would reccomend the internet, there are alot of alphabets and explanations there for the two writing systems. There are also a variety of games that you can find, this will force you to learn the actual letters, not only the order of them if you try to learn them by a list.

So when I bought "Genki 1" I did it in a hope to get into Japanese in the fall semester *fingers crossed* as it is curriculum here and I could go about it at once beacuse I already knew alot of Hiragana from before.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Terramax on 13 Jun 2014
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I used this book (and the 2nd volume) whilst doing a 6 month Japanese course in Kyoto, and I must say, this book has numerous serious flaws, and it's quite baffling other reviewers haven't picked up on them.

The authors (5 of them listed on the front cover) all appear to be Native Japanese and apparently teach, or have taught, in Universities, and it shows.

- Most subjects the book tries to explain are done in a very long winded or convoluted fashion, and are sometimes just downright difficult and irritating to understand. They'll use paragraphs to explain something that could easily be told in just a couple of sentences.

- The CD is useless. You'll listen to a couple of the tests once, and never again, and probably give up using after a few times.

- The contents page doesn't list the exact page of every topic. It just lists the page of the chapter, so you'll spend time, every time, looking for the right page unless, like I did, you write down the page numbers yourself in the contents page.

- To exacerbate matters more, book is just badly laid out and proves overwhelming at first.

- Examples used for phrases are, according to Native Japanese people I've spoken to, unnatural and strange. Several occasions they've corrected the book.

- There aren't enough examples of phrases - the book takes up so much space on the pages explaining things that they've no room to give a variety of examples. If you don't understand the one or two examples used for each topic - tough luck! That's all you're getting!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nibbe on 13 Feb 2013
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This book is everything you want to have if you want to start to learn Japanese. It's easy to understand and is a great help :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Geeraerts on 8 Aug 2013
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After having tried several different self-study methods, Genki is the one I have come to appreciate the most.

While it is rather fast-paced and a bit brief in some areas I found this text to be very comprehensive and up-to-date. It contains a lot of relevant cultural information that helps you sound if not like a native speaker then at least not as rude as some other learning methods I've tried.

While it isn't cheap, I found it to be a very worthwhile investment.
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By Ellen Hedenborg on 7 Oct 2014
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Fast shipping, and the book was as described...thanks!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danny on 18 Feb 2014
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A comprehensive book my University uses, so if you are a home learner and you can discipline yourself a few days a week to study you will quickly pick up the conversation and basic writing very quickly.
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