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    kanjiman8
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    @ Elenkis
    Thanks, I had a look at the Dictionary of Japanese Grammar series and they have got great reviews. They’re also quite expensive unfortunately. What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You’ by Jay Rubin as you say isn’t really for beginners but better suited to an intermediate or advanced student of Japanese.

    Anyone have any experience with Genki?

    #29395

    Elenkis
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    Yes, Genki is my textbook of choice for beginners, but mostly for the reading comprehension exercises. The grammar can all be learned elsewhere (Tae Kim’s, JSPFEC etc), though Genki does a good job of creating a structured system with lots of exercises.

    I found the structured reading practice worth the price, and if you wanted an offline textbook it’s the one I’d recommend. Whether or not a textbook would be right for you is another matter though, and one that only you will know the answer to. Some people do fine without them, others like them.

    #29534

    Wow, ok… it seems in the past few days, amazon.co.uk have received stock of JSPEC and are now selling it at £8.84! :D It says “usually dispatched within 1 – 4 weeks” but still, sounds like it could be good :D Shame it has romaji, but it’s reasonably cheap, I guess haha

    #29535

    kanjiman8
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    @ Elenkis
    Have you used the new version of Genki or the old one?

    @ mister
    That’s great news. I’d place an order now just in case it goes out of stock again.

    #29538

    Mark
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    I think the white rabbit kanji cards could be useful for you in future when you finish textfugu.

    #29541

    Elenkis
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    @kanjiman

    I used the old version, and I don’t know how substantial the changes have been for the new one. I know they’ve updated the vocab to be more modern.

    The sample pages I’ve seen look the same as the old one.

    #29656

    kanjiman8
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    @ Elenkis
    Yeah, they replaced some of the grammar to make it more modern and included the audio cds (they’re actually mp3 cds now) with the main books so you don’t have to buy that separately anymore.

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