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An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese Revised Edition Workbook [Paperback]

Akira Miura & Naomi McGloin
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  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: The Japan Times (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 4789013081
  • ISBN-13: 978-4789013086
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 18 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Do Not Buy If You Are Self-Studying 11 May 2009
I was looking for a good intermediate textbook to continue my Japanese studies after finishing volumes 1 & 2 of Minna No Nihongo Shokyu. Unfortunately, this wasn't what I was looking for.

As often happens when you change from one course to another, you find yourself repeating certain points and encountering other points for the first time with no explanation. The book is aimed at students who are studying Japanese formally at a North American University and the language used reflects this and is very specific. There are also many role-playing exercises, not ideal for the self-studier.

In my opinion, the key grammar points are brushed over all too briefly with each section covering at least a dozen new grammar points illustrated with some bizarre and complex examples, my favourite being (this in section 2): "In the old days, there was a time when a dollar was worth 360 yen, but now it is worth about 105 yen. In other words, nowadays, with dollars in Japan you can buy only one third of what you used to be able to." Not the sort of structure I urgently need to master!

However, the biggest issue for me is that there are no answers! I have checked the resource website but this has not been updated, nor does it provide any answers. If you have a Japanese teacher who can check your asnwers and assist with the role-playing exercise this might be a good purchase. As for me, I'm waiting for the imminent Minna No Nihongo Chukyu Grammar notes, hopefully with answers!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Exercises are fine, price is nuts 18 Feb 2013
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The content of the book is worthwhile as exercises/homework. The cost of this workbook is outrageous. (in addition to its rarity in the USA, but that's another story)

I feel that the grammar explanations in the book are better now that space isn't being taken up by the contents of the workbook. However, that is only further evidence to me that this workbook is overpriced, because it is supplemental material and nothing more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just not as good as Genki 28 Sep 2011
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So, the Genki books are amazing. I expected something similar with this book since it is by the same company. This book failed. While it is chock full of amazing grammar, kanji, and vocab, it doesn't really give you a lot to go off of. Anyone familiar with Genki will remember the fun characters, the great amount of exercises in the textbook alone. The workbooks for Genki were equally great. When you walked away from a grammar point you felt confident to use it because you had gotten so much practice from the text and workbooks. I expected the same with this book. But there are no exercises in the textbook. The workbook does not cover all of the grammar points, and to top everything off, there is no answer key. (I am a huge advocate for answer keys). I am using this in my university Japanese level 3 class, (which is 5th semester) and I wish we had chosen a different text. The exercises are boring. There is no Mary, or Takeshi. In fact, there isn't really any characters for you to love. Just generic names. The kanji would be excellent if you didn't have to look them ALL up by stroke order. And I wish that they had organized the vocabulary like they did in Genki. It would be much easier to learn. While I do think that this book as some great grammar points, I wish that there were better explanations of how to use them and more practice included! It feels like the company that produced Genki put all their love into the beginners books and got lazy with the intermediate book. Needless to say I will probably look elsewhere for an advanced book. I find it hard to like anything about this book really. I don't like this book. But I do realize that it is a good resource. I will however be looking for a different book. Preferably one with a workbook because this book didn't live up to Genki. Good luck if you choose to use this! I hope it works better for you! The workbook for this book could be better. But it's better than nothing.
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