This one was super overdue.
In late May, I started a Japanese course back home and we used Japanese for Busy People I and since my professor knew I could read Kana, she told me to get the Kana edition. I also bought Basic Japanese Kanji vol. 1 (which I noticed it is sold out online). It covers 205 Kanji, and it has an interactive CD-ROM; the CD has reading quizzes, printable Kanji Flash Cards, and some other exercises. It is also under 20USD so it’s even better (I bought it for $14 online)
I love how Japanese for Busy People is quite simple to follow and it has a lot of writing exercises using and adding the grammar and core points of the lesson. The only thing I wish it had is an audio solely focusing on the vocabulary presented. Below are some pages of the 1st lesson:
On the left are the grammar points and on the right the dialog and vocabulary. They also add notes below the vocabulary for explaining briefly culture or grammar.
Writing Exercises and new vocabulary
What I like about Basic Japanese Kanji is that first they give you some mnemonics, and the most used words as well as common compound words. Every two Kanji, you get a short reading section using those Kanji as well as others and get a reading comprehension quiz. Mayor drawbacks are: it has no on-yomi, kun-yomi readings and if you are just starting (like me) then you don’t have much vocabulary so it can be a bit hard. On the other hand, it is good for acquiring vocabulary and excellent for reading.
At the end of the chapter (10-14 Kanji), you get a chapter test. This photo of the first test but as you go learning, it all becomes Japanese. Overall, I think it is a really good book to learn Kanji and use them actively through reading simple things. I do hope they keep adding volumes and fix some of the mistakes in this book.
While I was in Busan, I went to a Bookstore in 부산대 (also went to another one in Shinsegae) and bought:
The latest 3 volumes of 밤을 걷는 선비 and a book for learning Japanese.
I should add that the Korean drama and the manhwa are loosely related. I was really disappointed in it so I stopped watching it.
Sorry for the bad quality!
It is super colorful, but that’s a trademark of most Korean language books. I plan to complement it with both my Korean studies and Japanese for Busy people because it starts with Kanji so I feel it’s more natural. Although, the Kanji has furigana at first, the book stops giving it when the word is one from a previous chapter or is in the exercise section.
Kana and vocabulary
The last 2 books were given for free during my TaLK National Orientation.
You can find the e-book version for free at: http://www.kscpp.net
That’s it for now!