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GENKI is a books collection praised by most elementary Japanese language students. The two volumes of these popular series balance its lessons on four different fields, which are reading, listening, writing and oral expression.
The first volume of Genki contains 12 lessons. Each lesson of the textbook features a “Culture Notes” section. This segment is designed to boost students knowledge of Japan through materials about Japanese society and everyday life.
The workbook for Genki I contains grammar exercises, listening practices, and kanji drills. Moreover, there are questions sections that allow students to build their own answers with what they learned with the textbook.
The second volume of Genki includes 10 lessons. Lessons of this manual and its workbook are divided in two parts in this second manual: “Conversation and Grammar” section which includes English explanations and plenty of examples, and “Reading and Writing” section which challenges your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills you learned in the previous section.
As for the first volume, the workbook for Genki II includes several exercises that will help students improve their understanding and writing expression.
Each book has a section called "Dialogue and Grammar". This part is named like this because you will be confronted with Japanese texts written with kanji (with their furigana) and kana to help you assimilate grammar. These texts will also help you to practice your reading comprehension.
Genki I and II include approximately 1700 Japanese vocabulary words you can use in everyday life. For every new word, you will find readings in hiragana and English translations. Practice dialogs and texts will help you understand the meaning of the vocabulary in common situations.
CDs (with MP3 tracks) are included with each textbook. These audio discs, and their files, can be used with any music player.
The two volumes of Genki are 317 kanji, including 254 of the 284 kanjis needed to pass the JLPT N4 (or the former JLPT N3).
Genki series are perfect for self-studying Japanese. The book is really well done so you will rarely have to check for extra explanations on the web.
In order to get the most out of the Genki series books, you will need to spend a total of 9 hours on each lesson. To go into more detail, you will have to grant 6 hours to the "Dialogue and Grammar" sections and 3 hours on the "Reading and Writing" parts.
Thus, the estimated total time to finish the two volumes is about 200 hours. After this time you will have a level equivalent to JLPT N4.
“Having worked with Genki over the last months, I can highly recommend it for beginners. I especially liked that romaji aren’t used for long so you get fluent in reading kana rather quickly.”
“All kanji presented in the Genki textbook have furigana to help understand pronunciation while you are learning them - something I find that a lot of textbooks tend not to include.”
Even though GENKI is the most successful series made by The Japan Times, this publisher also produces other collections. These series can be used in addition or to continue learning Japanese using GENKI's own method.
An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese are a textbook and a workbook edited by The Japan Times. This is the direct sequel to the Genki series. That's why we recommend that students who have finished Genki's two volumes use these books to deepen their Japanese language skills.
Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced books series help you progress from an intermediate level to advanced Japanese. This is the direct sequel to the Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese series. We invite you to look at this book if you want to reach a level in JLPT N1 and you start learning Japanese with the GENKI series.
These series of three Japanese dictionaries are the most comprehensive resource for Japanese grammar available. It contains in-depth explanations in English and Japanese of approximately 200 grammatical concepts that make up the foundation of the Japanese language.