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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!

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!
Author(s): George Trombley, Yukari Takenaka

Living Language Japanese, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Japanese 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.
Author(s): Living Language

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

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.

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.
Author(s): Kevin Marx

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.
Author(s): DK

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.
Author(s): Timothy G. Stout, Kaori Hakone

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.
Author(s): Wayne P. Lammers

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.
Author(s): Sachiko Toyozato

Japanese from Zero! 2: Proven Techniques to 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.
Author(s): George Trombley, Yukari Takenaka

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.
Author(s): Sato Ph.D., Eriko

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

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.
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 Library 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.

Water Wood and Wild Things:Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town

Author(s): Hannah Kirshner
ID: 2942759, Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2021, Size: 19 Mb, Format: epub

Excerpts from A Learning Handbook for Joyo Kanji: Japanese Radicals and essential components

Author(s): Daniele Minnone
ID: 2798644, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 624 Kb, Format: pdf

Content and Language Integrated Learning in Spanish and Japanese Contexts: Policy, Practice and Pedagogy

Author(s): Keiko Tsuchiya, María Dolores Pérez Murillo
ID: 2469055, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 11 Mb, Format: pdf

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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