Likes Likes:  0
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 34

Thread: A list of Japanese language study books for everyone: Beginners to advanced

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Sagey Plains, WY
    Posts
    900
    Likes (received)
    0

    Default

    When will the mods combine this and the following thread? They have the same name and subject...

    Anyhow, my mom got this for me for christmas. "Japanese in Mangaland," by Marc Bernabe. It is meant to be an introductory textbook that teaches fundamentals using manga examples and language. While it is a fun book, it is not so comprehensive and I would recommend it for the beginner who hates learning language, but is interested in self-study and/or (obviously) manga. It has a unique presentation, but I think it is quickly eclipsed by some other texts listed here. I saw it at Borders the other day, but it was in the manga section. It is worth flipping through just to see his treatment, but again, I think it is not suited for serious comprehension. However, the new words and many onamatopoeaiaeiai (or whatever) found in manga can present difficulty to non-native speakers. Or anyone who isn't hip to the lingo.
    J. Nicolaysen
    -------
    "I value the opinion much more of a grand master then I do some English professor, anyways." Well really, who wouldn't?

    We're all of us just bozos on the budo bus and there's no point in looking to us for answers regarding all the deep and important issues.--M. Skoss.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Seattle, Washington, USA
    Posts
    6,226
    Likes (received)
    117

    Default

    Originally posted by nicojo
    When will the mods combine this and the following thread? They have the same name and subject...
    Look again.

    A list of Japansese language study books for everyone: Beginners to advanced
    A list of Japanese language study websites for everyone: Beginners to advanced
    This one is about books, and the other is about Web sites.
    Also, this one has "Japanese" spelled wrong.


    Time for ?

    Yours in Budo,
    ---Brian---

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Sagey Plains, WY
    Posts
    900
    Likes (received)
    0

    Default Uhm, hate to say this but you've got mud on your face.

    Oh. Hey. Well then.




    Cheers Brian.
    J. Nicolaysen
    -------
    "I value the opinion much more of a grand master then I do some English professor, anyways." Well really, who wouldn't?

    We're all of us just bozos on the budo bus and there's no point in looking to us for answers regarding all the deep and important issues.--M. Skoss.

  4. #19
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    660
    Likes (received)
    1

    Smile Because I asked for two...

    Originally posted by nicojo
    [B]When will the mods combine this and the following thread? They have the same name and subject...
    Hi!

    The mods won't because I asked for two seperate threads. Saburo-san posted a list of books in my other thread. So, I got the idea to split it into two threads. One for books and one for websites. I asked then, for his post to be moved to this new thread, since it was about books and not websites. This makes it much easier for people to find what they need.

    Read the title again... it does say books for this thread.

    So, please only post Japanese language study books in this thread, and Japanese Language learning websites in the other.

    Thanks!
    Carolyn Hall


  5. #20
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    660
    Likes (received)
    1

    Default

    Originally posted by Brian Owens
    Look again.





    This one is about books, and the other is about Web sites.
    Also, this one has "Japanese" spelled wrong.


    Time for ?


    It does? I'll tell George-san. He's the one who put it up for me. He'll fix it.
    Carolyn Hall


  6. #21
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Helsinki, Finland
    Posts
    36
    Likes (received)
    0

    Default Shinbunka nihongo

    Hi all,

    The book we are using here for beginning students is Shinbunka shokyû nihongo 1 & 2, and on intermediate level Nyûapurôchi chûkyûnihongo.

    The problem with them is that there's only japanese with no explanations in english or any other language, so you'd need a teacher at least in the beginning levels... The good point is that you really have to learn to read kana and kanji, so even if it takes time you get plenty of practise.
    Laeticia Söderman

    "No ma'am, talking to your plants is a completely healthy habit to have, research even shows that they grow better when you talk to them. However, when they start not only talking back to you... but telling you to kill the neighbors cat, then there might be a problem." -Vera

  7. #22
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Pearl City, Hawaii
    Posts
    115
    Likes (received)
    0

    Default

    Some other books I've found useful for reference and possibly study (you could learn from them, but it isn't their main purpose) are:

    A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

    and

    A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar

    by Seiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui.

    I wasn't really able to find them off of Amazon.com or Half.com back when I got them, but I ordered them from http://www.sasugabooks.com.

    They really are a pretty handy tool when you forget how something is supposed to be used. In my opinion, they really are a great aid to brush up your grammar.
    -John Oberle-
    Personal martial arts site:http://bujutsublogger.blogspot.com/

  8. #23
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Near Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    13
    Likes (received)
    1

    Default

    Easy Japanese by Jack Steward is priceless.

  9. #24
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Hiroshima, Japan.
    Posts
    2,550
    Likes (received)
    151

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaoru
    It does? I'll tell George-san. He's the one who put it up for me. He'll fix it.
    The spelling mistake has been corrected.
    Peter Goldsbury,
    Forum Administrator,
    Hiroshima, Japan

  10. #25
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Houston, TX 77034
    Posts
    246
    Likes (received)
    0

    Default

    I've been taking Japanese with the Japan-America Society of Houston. Our class uses Genki

    http://www.amazon.com/Genki-Integrat...e=UTF8&s=books

    There's an accompanying workbook which focuses on Kana and basic Kanji. I've had a lot more luck with this book than with others, but it's probably just because I'm speaking frequently in a classroom environment, rather than just reading it on the couch!

    I bought Yookoso on Ebay last year, which I believe is used by universities, and it's also very good.
    Kevin Geaslin
    Genbukan Ninpo & Kokusai Jujutsu

  11. #26
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Tokyo, Japan
    Posts
    62
    Likes (received)
    9

    Default Second a Few Thoughts

    I am just getting back into Nihongo after a decade break. I happen to have 4 native speakers outside my office door which helps. From personal self-study experience/suffering I would agree that Genki is a good book if you can bounce your work off of somebody. Additionally, the dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar is great. I think of it as language kata sometimes. The sentence patterns get ingrained. I am no wizard, but find that I do make progress with hard work with these texts.
    Stephen Baker

    "Never cruel nor cowardly, never give up, never give in." Doctor Who

  12. #27
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Houston, TX 77034
    Posts
    246
    Likes (received)
    0

    Default

    Tuttle's dictionary of kanji is also an invaluable source of info for deciphering characters, and Kodansha also has some good ones.
    Kevin Geaslin
    Genbukan Ninpo & Kokusai Jujutsu

  13. #28
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Tokyo, Japan
    Posts
    62
    Likes (received)
    9

    Default Ei-Wa Dictionary

    After far too much time researching dictionaries and reading reviews I recently purchased the Kodansha Communicative Dictionary. For Ei-Wa (English to Japanese) its great. I have been asking my Japanese friends some questions and they too agree that it is first rate. One of my victims is a former Japanese language teacher and agreed that the book is right up there as very helpful. More as I discover it.
    Stephen Baker

    "Never cruel nor cowardly, never give up, never give in." Doctor Who

  14. #29
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    usa
    Posts
    10
    Likes (received)
    0

    Default

    Hi I am learning japanese language but I am totally confused, can you differentiate between kana and katakana? I am totally confuse regarding this scripts.
    [URL="http://www.learnjapanesefree.com/"]learn japanese[/URL] language free online :):):)

  15. #30
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK
    Posts
    4,232
    Likes (received)
    97

    Default

    Oh Puh-lease... Brad12 is a spammer.
    David Noble
    Shorinji Kempo (1983 - 1988)
    I'll think of a proper sig when I get a minute...

    For now, I'm just waiting for the smack of the Bo against a hard wooden floor....

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •