The greetings and usage at the beginning come just at the right time. EJ has clear grammar and usage explanations. The number and pace of the kanji are very good. The listening comprehension exercises are excellent and I really like the recordings of the dialogues and the vocabulary. I would suggest giving kanji in the vocabulary lists to help Chinese students of Japanese.
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Shelves: languages , non-fiction I am self studying using this book and book two of the series. This book is excellent for the student who is self studying, because all of the grammar an vocabulary are explained thoroughly.
There is very little left up to the student to try to figure out; and though the exercises are designed for use in a classroom, they can be easily adapted.
Additionally, this book is all-in-one in that it offers dialogues, cultural notes, grammar, vocabulary, and kanji in one volume. It also comes with a CD I am self studying using this book and book two of the series. It also comes with a CD that contains the readings, pronunciation of all the vocabulary, and additional exercises. This book is not for someone who is casual about learning the language.
It is more grammar-centric than books that are focused on conversational Japanese like the Japanese for Busy People series. Also, it starts teaching kanji relatively early. In addition, kanji is only given furigana a pronunciation guideline one time for each different pronunciation of the kanji, from then on out it is up to the student to remember the correct pronunciation or to look it up. Looking it up is aided by extensive appendices.
Nevertheless, this book offers far less hand holding than ones that put furigana over every kanji. Having said this, it think that this has helped me greatly in my reading because it has forced me to actually learn the kanji even if the process is a little slower than it would be with another book.
The only reason I would consider docking this from being a five star review comes down to hiragana, katakana, and some minor formatting and editing issues.
This makes it necessary to use an outside source. Sources can be readily found for free online or elsewhere, but it still is a minor shortcoming of the book. Also, the book is sturdy, relatively easy to use, and the information is stellar, but the paper quality, formatting and illustrations are not up to the quality of the actual information.
Also, there are a few typos and slightly awkward sentences.
Elementary Japanese Volume One : (CD-ROM Included) by Yoko Hasegawa (2015, Mixed Media)
About this product Product Information This is a comprehensive beginning-level Japanese textbook and language learning program. The author and contributors have created a highly structured approach to learning Japanese based on acquiring the fundamental patterns and constructions of the language as well as the Japanese writing system including the basic Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji characters. Each volume of this two-book set is designed for one semester of study. The books feature detailed grammatical explanations which make them extremely useful as references and for review purposes when traveling to Japan or preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Examination JLPT. MP3 audio recordings are included with each volume on free CDs making this a great way to learn Japanese on your own while ensuring that you learn the correct pronunciation. The recordings also help you build up your listening comprehension skills. After completing this course, you will be able to: Describe yourself, your family and your friends.
Elementary Japanese Volume 1 + CDROM
Elementary Japanese Volume One: (CD-ROM Included)