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Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your Attention

Here is a list of the best Japanese Learning books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

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

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your Attentionis 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…
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 Learning Books Worth Your AttentionComplete 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 notes, study tips, and an…
Author(s): Living Language

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

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionWritten 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 kata characters along with their variations,…
Author(s): Kenneth G. Henshall, Tetsuo Takagaki

4. GENKI 1-2 , Learning Japanese for Beginners 4-BOOK Bundle Set , An Integrated Course in Elementary Workbook 1 , 2 & Textbook 1 , 2 (2011)

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionSecond edition of the most highly regarded teaching text book and Workbook 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.

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

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionWant 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 grammar needed for the JLPT N4. It can also be used by…
Author(s): Kevin Marx

6. Japanese-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (2018)

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionFull-color images with detailed labels display all the elements of everyday life–from the home and office to sports, music, nature, and the countries of the world–with boxed features on key nouns, verbs, and useful phrases. Current words and phrases are featured. The free audio app is available in Apple (from the App Store) and Android (from Google Play) formats. This handy travel-sized guide also includes a detailed index for instant reference. The audio app, available for Apple (from the App Store) and Android (from Google Play), enables you to hear words and phrases spoken by native Japanese speakers. Download…
Author(s): DK

7. Japanese Kanji for Beginners: (JLPT Levels N5 & N4) First Steps to Learn the Basic Japanese Characters (Includes CD-Rom) (2017)

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionThe Japanese language has three basic writing systems, kanji (Chinese characters) and hiragana, and katakana–two phonetic sets of characters. This handy book teaches you a new mnemonics-based method to read and write the 430 highest-frequency kanji characters. Along with its sister book: Japanese Hiragana and Katakana for Beginners it provides a complete introduction to written Japanese.Japanese Kanji for Beginners contains everything you need to learn the kanji characters required for the Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture Exam….
Author(s): Timothy G. Stout, Kaori Hakone

8. Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure (2004)

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionJapanese difficult? Study boring? No way! Not with this “real manga, real Japanese” approach to learning. Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life, an approach that is entertaining and memorable. As an introduction, as a jump-start for struggling students, or (with its index) as a reference and review for veterans, Japanese the Manga Way is…
Author(s): Wayne P. Lammers

9. Japanese for Beginners: Learning Conversational Japanese – Second Edition (Includes Both Online Audio and CD) (2016)

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionThis complete Japanese language package has helped many thousands of people learn to speak colloquial Japanese. It is designed for busy people who wish to pick up a working knowledge of Japanese on their own in just a few days, rather than a few years. Japanese for Beginners makes this possible by providing a firm grounding in grammar and sentence structure using dialogues and vocabulary that reflect authentic Japanese situations and manga comic strips to emphasize contemporary culture and humor. Drills and exercises are included in each chapter to help you practice the sentence patterns and…
Author(s): Sachiko Toyozato

10. Japanese from Zero! 2: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Japanese Edition) (2006)

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionJapanese From Zero! is an innovative and integrated approach to learning Japanese that was developed by professional Japanese interpreter George Trombley, Yukari Takenaka and was continuously refined over eight years in the classroom by native Japanese professors. 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. Volume two of the Japanese From Zero! series teaches:*new Japanese grammar concepts*over 800 new words and expressions*the Katakana writing system….
Author(s): George Trombley, Yukari Takenaka

11. Learning Japanese Kanji Practice Book Volume 1: (JLPT Level N5 & AP Exam) The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Japanese Kanji (2015)

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionLearning Japanese Kanji Practice Book is intended for beginning students or experienced speakers who need to practice their written Japanese. Kanji are an essential part of the Japanese language and together with kana (hiragana and katakana) comprise written Japanese. This book presents the most commonly used kanji characters. All the kanji and related vocabulary words in this book are those that students are expected to know for Level 5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. (JLPT). Characters that appear in the AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam are flagged. Readings,…
Author(s): Sato Ph.D., Eriko

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

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionThe 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

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

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your AttentionSecond 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.

Best Japanese Learning Books Worth Your Attention

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 learning 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.

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

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: 2109777

My First Japanese Kanji Book: Learning kanji the fun and easy way!

Author(s): Eriko Sato, Anna Sato
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 15 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2240288

Japanese Communication, Culture, Context

Author(s): Yukiko Abe Hatasa; Kazumi Hatasa; Seiichi Makino
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Year: 2017, Size: 84 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2247267

Theory, Research and Pedagogy in Learning and Teaching Japanese Grammar

Author(s): Alessandro G. Benati, Sayoko Yamashita (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582508

Japanese for Beginners: Learning Conversational Japanese

Author(s): Sachiko Toyozato
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 30 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2267841

Long-term effects of Learning English: Experiences from Japanese Primary Schools

Author(s): Shigeo Uematsu
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Singapur, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1377670

Mastering Japanese Kanji: (JLPT Level N5) The Innovative Visual Method for Learning Japanese Characters

Author(s): Glen Nolan Grant
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2202954

A Guide to Japanese Grammar: A Japanese approach to learning Japanese grammar

Author(s): Tae Kim
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2014, Size: 512 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2320951

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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