Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I - Workbook (English and Japanese Edition) Workbook by Eri Banno (2000) Paperback Paperback
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The pages are somewhat hard to tear out because they rip, you are supposed to take the pages out for you sensei to correct them as you progress.
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The beginning of the book focuses a lot on speaking in the polite form (like if you were to speak Japanese to a teacher, stranger, acquaintance...) by using phrases such as '''"masu" and ''''"masen" at the end of verbs and '"desu" and ''''''' "jaarimasen" meaning "it is" or "it is not", as well as the past tenses of the polite forms. The second half of the book focuses on the cordial or familiar (what you use to speak with close friends, family...). This book also teaches the te-form ending (you cannot use "masu" '''or '''"masen" with a verb in the middle of the sentence, so you use the te-form). It also teaches"teimasu"'''' ending (both the te-form and the masu form together to indicate that the action is happening at the instant or that a change of action has occurred). For example: "ima ko-hi wo nondeimasu'''''''''''''" means "I am drinking coffee right now". So the book focuses on all of the three ways of writing in Japanese- hiragana (used for Japanese words that do not have a kanji and for the particles), katakana (used for foreign words to give them a Japanese sound such as coffee - ko-hi) and some kanji characters.
I'm sorry if I have made any mistakes with my Japanese sentences (I'm still a beginner with learning the language), but I wanted to try to explain this as best I could because if you already understand most of what I'm writing about - then you probably need the Genki 2 book. If this is all new material to you, then this book is a great way to learn the basics and grammar of Japanese. I also apologize because the amazon site will not let me write the japanese characters.
So, I would definitely recommend the Genki textbook to anyone trying to learn Japanese (don't waste your money like I did trying to learn on Rosetta Stone and computer programs!). My 14 year old sister bought the same book to learn Japanese also, so it's a textbook that can work for a lot of different age groups (I wouldn't go any lower than High School though- but it depends on the motivation of the student). Good luck with your Japanese studies!