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Best Japanese Language Books You Must Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Japanese Language books.

1. Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (2014)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must Readis an innovative and integrated approach to learning Japanese developed by professional Japanese interpreter George Trombley and co-writer Yukari Takenaka. The lessons and techniques used in this series have been taught successfully for over ten years in classrooms throughout the world.Using up-to-date and easy-to-grasp grammar, Japanese From Zero! is the perfect course for current students of Japanese as well as absolute beginners. In Book 1 of the Japanese From Zero! series, readers are taught new grammar concepts, over 800 new words and expressions, and also learn the hiragana writing system. * Integrated Workbook with Answer…
Author(s): George Trombley, Yukari Takenaka

2. Living Language Japanese, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Japanese reading & writing guide, and free online learning (2012)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadComplete Japanese is a unique multimedia program that takes you beginner to advanced level in one convenient package.  At the core of Complete Japanese is the Living Language Method™, based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts. Millions have learned with Living Language®. Now it’s your turn.    • 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture…
Author(s): Living Language

3. GENKI I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (English and Japanese Edition) (2011)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadSecond edition of the most highly regarded teaching text book on the Japanese language, covering speaking, listening, reading, and writing to cultivate overall language ability. Each lesson in the revised edition features a new section dubbed Culture Notes," and now includes the audio CD companion which is in mp3 format ready to install on any music player. In Japanese/English. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc….
Author(s): Eri Banno , Yoko Ikeda, et al.

4. Speak Japanese in 90 Days: A Self Study Guide to Becoming Fluent (Volume 1) (2015)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadWant to speak Japanese but don’t know where to start? This book is for you! Don’t waste money buying ten different books when you can learn everything you need in this one book. Don’t waste money taking classes at a school when you can teach yourself. With Speak Japanese in 90 Days, all of the prep work is done for you. Each daily lesson will teach you not only what, but how to study. Speak Japanese in 90 Days is a comprehensive self study guide, and teaches everything you need to know for the JLPT N5 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) as well as most of the…
Author(s): Kevin Marx

5. Learning Japanese Hiragana and Katakana: A Workbook for Self-Study (2014)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadWritten Japanese combines three different types of characters: the Chinese characters known as kanji, and two Japanese sets of phonetic letters, hiragana and katakana, known collectively as kana, that must be mastered before the Japanese kanji can be learned. Learning Japanese Hiragana and Katakana provides beginning-level students of Japanese a thorough grounding in the basic hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols or syllabaries. A comprehensive introduction presents their primary function, origin, pronunciation and usage. The main body of the book is devoted to presenting the 92 hira and…
Author(s): Kenneth G. Henshall, Tetsuo Takagaki

6. Japanese Stories for Language Learners: Bilingual Stories in Japanese and English (MP3 Audio disc included) (2018)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadBeautifully illustrated in a traditional style, Japanese Stories for Language Learners offers five compelling stories with English and Japanese language versions appearing on facing pages. Taking learners on an exciting cultural and linguistic journey, each story is followed by detailed translator’s notes, Japanese vocabulary lists, and grammar points along with a set of discussion questions and exercises. The first two stories are very famous traditional Japanese folktales: Urashima Taro (Tale of a Fisherman) and Yuki Onna (The Snow Woman). These are followed by three short stories by notable 20th century…
Author(s): Anne McNulty, Eriko Sato, et al.

7. Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System (CD-ROM Included) (2011)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadThe Japanese language has two basic writing systems, hiragana, and katakana, in addition to the one that uses Chinese characters or Kanji. This handy book teaches you a new mnemonic–based method to read and write the fundamental 92 hiragana and katakana characters. Along with its sister book: Japanese Kanji for Beginners it provides a complete introduction to written Japanese….
Author(s): Timothy G. Stout

8. Japanese: The Spoken Language, Part 1 (1987)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadThis first book of Japanese: The Spoken Language initiates a course in modern spoken Japanese that teaches current usage through drills and functional exchanges. The series is entirely romanized. Accompanying audio and video materials are available…
Author(s): Eleanor Harz Jorden, Mari Noda

9. Situational Functional Japanese Volume 1: Notes (Japanese Edition) by Tsukuba Language Group (1991-01-01) (1730)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadPaperback Publisher: Bonjinsha Co. (1730) ASIN: B01K3JXBA8 Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,149,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Tsukuba Language Group

10. Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication: A Self-Study Course and Reference (2012)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadAn indispensable tool for acquiring basic communication skills in a limited amount of time.With Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication, even absolute beginners can learn to communicate in Japanese in a matter of days. Designed specifically for native-English speakers approaching Japanese as a second language, this book presents 142 essential Japanese sentence patterns, first by giving equivalents in English, thenfollowing with Japanese translations. Each pattern is accompanied by a concise, easy-to-follow explanation and several Japanese example sentences that…
Author(s): Taeko Kamiya

11. Japanese Short Stories for Beginners: 30 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Japanese & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (2019)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadImprove your listening, reading and pronunciations skills in JapaneseBrush up on your Japanese, improve your reading and listening skills, and make learning new vocabulary so much easier with Japanese stories.How will this book improve your Japanese language skills: Familiarize yourself with a wide range of grammar structures and put them to use today.With this book you’ll get: If you want to improve your reading fluency as quickly and naturally as possible, then this book is ideal. …
Author(s): Talk In Japanese

12. Japanese Writing Practice Book: Kawaii Sushi Themed Genkouyoushi Paper Notebook to Practise Writing Japanese Kanji Characters and Kana Scripts such … Cornell Notes (Japanese Writing Notebooks) (2019)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadDon’t let the cute Kawaii Sushi Themed Cover fool you – this is a serious Japanese Writing Notebook for students that want to improve their Japanese Kana and KanjiThe Kanji practice notebook includes both blank Genkouyoushi paper for your Japanese writing practise as well as Cornell Notes for learning Japanese as you practice kanji hiragana and katakanaWhy not have a Look Inside the book (using the Look Inside feature above) to see exactly how this customised Japanese writing system works.Why You Should Buy This Japanese Writing Practice NotebookThese large 8.5 inch by 11 inch Japanese writing practice notebooks consist of 120 pages:…
Author(s): The Japanese Writing Paper Company

13. Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook I [Second Edition] (Japanese Edition) (Japanese and English Edition) (2011)

Best Japanese Language Books You Must ReadSecond edition of the most highly regarded teaching text book on the Japanese language. This is the companion workbook to the text. In Japanese/English. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc….
Author(s): Eri Banno

Best Japanese Language Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some japanese language books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Cambridge Handbook of Japanese Linguistics

Author(s): Yoko Hasegawa
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2228192

Writing Systems, Reading Processes, and Cross-Linguistic Influences: Reflections from the Chinese, Japanese and Korean Languages

Author(s): Hye K. Pae (Editor)
Publisher: John Benjamins, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2284992

Certificate in Japanese Language (CJL)

Author(s): IGNOU
Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Year: 2018, Size: 271 Mb, Download: zip
ID: 2322762

Diversity in Japanese Education

Author(s): Naoko Araki (eds.)
Publisher: SensePublishers, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1700825

The Japanese Writing System: Challenges, Strategies and Self-Regulation for Learning Kanji

Author(s): Heath Rose
Publisher: Multilingual Matters, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2109530

Japanese Language and Soft Power in Asia

Author(s): Kayoko Hashimoto
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2135515

Handbook of Japanese Syntax

Author(s): Shigeru Miyagawa; Hisashi Noda; Masayoshi Shibatani
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton, Year: 2017, Size: 27 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2397027

Handbook of Japanese Lexicon and Word Formation

Author(s): Taro Kageyama, Hideki Kishimoto (eds.)
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1485449

Handbook of Japanese Applied Linguistics

Author(s): Masahiko Minami
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton, Year: 2016, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1510768

Sequential Voicing in Japanese: Papers from the NINJAL Rendaku Project

Author(s): Timothy J. Vance, Mark Irwin
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1576259

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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