Below are Amazon's most highly reviewed, and highest selling basic Japanese grammar books. The Genki series is used in university classes world wide and is widely regarded as a more serious textbook as it doesn't pander to students who want to try to use romaji throughout their learning process (a severe hindrance in more advanced stages.)
After reading through piles of reviews, here is some stuff that stands out about this Japanese language product and why it is such a HOT seller:
The Genki Series will help you attack all 4 skill sets, listening, speaking, reading and writing in a very systematic way. It's broke into 2 volumes. The series lays out 300 kanji, hiragana, katakana and over 1,100 basic Japanese vocabulary within 23 units flat. More below on how long it will take to hack through it.
By the time you get finished with both of the textbooks and workbooks in the Genki series you will be exposed to 317 Kanji characters, including 254 of the 284 kanji
listed for Level 3 of the former Japanese Language Proficiency Test
(2002 revision). A pretty good start in getting down the basics in Japanese, building a solid launch pad for more advanced learning.
And some other comments...
Other adjectives whipped around to describe the series is "meaty", "practical", "well organized", and "not overly geeky in detail".
Time required to Hack Your Way Through the Course:
Course designers estimate it will take about 6 hours per lesson for the dialog and grammar part of the course and about 3 hours for the reading and writing part of the course. So that is a grand total of about 200 hours for the entire course that is of course for your average Joe.
hundreds upon hundreds of positive reviews from actual users, (ie. these people actually bought these basic Japanese grammar books and use them, this series is designed for those
who want to attack the language with an actual textbook and grammar workbook series. That has been used in countless classrooms. That's right folks a battle tested Japanese proficiency series that actually delivers.
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