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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.

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!
Author(s): George Trombley, Yukari Takenaka

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.
Author(s): Living Language

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.

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.
Author(s): Kevin Marx

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.
Author(s): Kenneth G. Henshall, Tetsuo Takagaki

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.
Author(s): Anne McNulty, Eriko Sato, et al.

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

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

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

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.
Author(s): Taeko Kamiya

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…
Author(s): Talk In Japanese

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 Yo…
Author(s): The Japanese Writing Paper Company

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 Library 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.

Handbook of Japanese Sociolinguistics

Author(s): Yoshiyuki Asahi, Mayumi Usami, Fumio Inoue
ID: 3255487, Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton, Year: 2022, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Expressing Silence: Where Language and Culture Meet in Japanese

Author(s): Natsuko Tsujimura
ID: 3265616, Publisher: Lexington Books, Year: 2022, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Intermediate Japanese Textbook: An Integrated Approach to Language and Culture: Learn Conversational Japanese, Grammar, Kanji & Kana: Online Audio Included

Author(s): Michael L. Kluemper, Lisa Berkson
ID: 3432308, Publisher: Tuttle Publishing, Year: 2022, Size: 49 Mb, Format: epub

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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