Best Japanese Learning Textbooks

Which Japanese textbooks (or dictionaries) did you find the most interesting and the best for improving your Japanese?
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4.34 avg rating — 556 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 186 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 64 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 91 ratings
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76 books · 101 voters · list created February 25th, 2010 by Alex (votes) .
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message 1: by Morgan (new)

Morgan F This is a very unusual list.


message 2: by Alex (new)

Alex Goodreads has a lot of unusual lists, this was one of the few that hadn't been made yet, so I made it.


message 3: by Brendan (new)

Brendan This is a very useful list, thanks for doing it. I'm going to add "An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese". It's kind of the "sequel" to the Genki books and it's just as good in my opinion.


message 4: by Alex (new)

Alex Glad that after making this list 6 years ago, it is still useful. Good luck to everyone studying Japanese.


message 5: by Ri (new)

Ri You're missing the Nakama (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b) books and the NEJ books (New Approach to Elementary Japanese vol. 1 & 2). I also have the Marugoto (rikai) books for a1-a2b, and I wouldn't rate them as high as your list does. They have their merits, but they're too compact for all that they're trying to teach. Those Basic Japanese Through Comics books were also not that great. Not for beginners anyway. A person needs a lot of ground work and cultural knowledge for those to be helpful.


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