Ultimate Japanese Basic (Living Language Ultimate Basic-Intermediate Series (Bk Only)) Paperback – Large Print, 30 Sep 2004
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I have found this book to be very enlightening, and see that a lot of thought and effort have been put into making it. Its forty lessons, eight reviews, and 5 readings provide a wealth of material in considerable breadth and depth, and it presents the student with plenty of Japanese in a methodical, progressive teaching method. Both kana syllabaries are taught, as well as 174 kanji. There is even an interesting article near the end of each article presenting a little bit about Japanese culture.
This is not a college freshman Japanese textbook, and so it goes less into language theory and so forth than that to which college or university students may be accustomed. If there were more I would wish for, it would be more drill. A workbook may have been a good companion for this book.
I mistakenly ordered the text only (and had to order cassettes separately), and would recommend that more serious students considering purchasing this that they get the book and cassettes as a package.
It's a quality book. For as much as it has to offer, considering the reasonableness of its price, I think few who are interested in Japanese language and culture would be disappointed with it.
(From this onward is an amendment of my previous comments):
I still stand by what I wrote above. I may have neglected to note that I am studying Japanese independently, i.e., through self-study. With that qualification having been made, I point out that I have become marginally more aware of Japanese and its usage, nuances, etc., and thus would point out that the author seems to focus on colloquial spoken Japanese, as opposed to written form. I have no vested interest in selling this book, but I still have zero regrets for having purchased it. I hope those interested in Japanese find this review helpful.
im not sure it's structured for beginners at first.
Let me know if you find that this book helps you and if you are struggling with the sentence structure, too.