Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Learn Japanese books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (2014)
- Speak Japanese in 90 Days: A Self Study Guide to Becoming Fluent (Volume 1) (2015)
- Learning Japanese Hiragana and Katakana: A Workbook for Self-Study (2014)
- Living Language Japanese, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Japanese reading & writing guide, and free online learning (2012)
- GENKI I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (English and Japanese Edition) (2011)
- Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System (CD-ROM Included) (2011)
- A Guide to Japanese Grammar: A Japanese approach to learning Japanese grammar (2014)
- Japanese For Dummies (2018)
- Japanese from Zero! 2: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Japanese Edition) (2006)
- Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure (2004)
- Fluent Japanese from Anime and Manga: How to Learn Japanese Vocabulary, Grammar, and Kanji the Easy and Fun Way (Revised and Updated) (2018)
is 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!
Speak Japanese in 90 Days: A Self Study Guide to Becoming Fluent (Volume 1) (2015)
Want 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.
Written 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.
Living Language Japanese, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Japanese reading & writing guide, and free online learning (2012)
Second 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.
Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System (CD-ROM Included) (2011)
The 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.
NOTE: The website (www.guidetojapanese.org) has the SAME content for free. This book is for those who prefer to have a physical copy. My guide to Japanese grammar has been helping people learn Japanese as it’s really spoken in Japan for many years. If you find yourself frustrated that you can’t understand Japanese movies or books despite having taken Japanese classes, then this book is for you.
Japanese For Dummies (2018)
Japanese language enrollment is up by 27.5 percent since 2006, making it the sixth most popular language studied on college campuses. Whether studying for school, business, or travel, Japanese For Dummies provides complete coverage of all Japanese language essentials including grammar, usage, and vocabulary.
Japanese from Zero! 2: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Japanese Edition) (2006)
Japanese 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.
Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure (2004)
Japanese 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.
Fluent Japanese from Anime and Manga: How to Learn Japanese Vocabulary, Grammar, and Kanji the Easy and Fun Way (Revised and Updated) (2018)
This is a book dedicated to answering the question of how to learn Japanese to fluency by extensively reading and listening to native Japanese language materials like anime and manga. If you are looking for a basic Japanese for beginners textbook that teaches Japanese kanji, vocabulary, and grammar, you will not find it here.
Best Learn Japanese Books That Will Hook You
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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
Intermediate Japanese Short Stories: 10 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Japanese & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (Intermediate Japanese Stories Book 1)
Author(s): Lingo Mastery
ID: 2989840, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 485 Kb, 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
Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted 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 books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.