For those who want to learn Japanese on their own but don’t know which textbook is best, I would like to recommend several textbooks for learning Japanese.
I will introduce each including pros and cons.
Best Japanese textbook for self study (The 3 best books)
Minna no Nihongo 1 -Main textbook-
This textbook has almost no English and is written mainly in Japanese, so you can practice a lot of grammar.
I think that in language learning, seeing, listening and using are important. However, this textbook has few illustrations and is old-fashioned, and I have the impression that it is not interesting from the viewpoint of viewing.
Minna no Nihongo -Supplement (vocab/grammar)-
This is a translation of the textbook I introduced just now.
However, there is no romaji for the vocabularies, so if you haven’t learned hiragana yet, you’ll need to be a little more creative.
However, This textbook differs from the main text in that you can choose the language you understand or your mother tongue.
English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, French, Italian, German etc.
You have a lot of options. Yay
Minna no Nihongo 2 -Main textbook-
This is the renewed version of Minna no Nihongo 1.
Kanji look and learn -Kanji text-
This is recommended for those who want to learn about kanji. You can learn the meaning and shape of kanji using explanations (written in English) and illustrations of kanji.
In addition, you can learn about stroke order, Onyomi and Kunyomi and it seems that a total of about 3,500 words are recorded.
However, this textbook only teaches kanji, so it is not recommended for those who want to learn grammar, words or phrases.
I think the most efficient way to learn is to purchase this textbook together with the textbooks below.↓
Do you know this textbook? This is very popular and famous.
Some of you may have already bought it, or you may be considering buying it.
This is a textbook recommended by many Japanese teachers.
This textbook also has many series, and I recommend Genki 1 and Genki 2.
Each of these textbooks has a short story content.
Every section has a story, so you can learn different grammar, words and phrases for the situation.
Many other textbooks only focus on grammar and vocabulary, but on the other hand, Genki has short stories, each in a conversation style, so it’s very easy to understand.
First, understand the flow of the conversation from a short story. Next, we will learn the words used in the story → grammar → practice
For that reason, I think that this textbook is very useful and should be used by those who take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. (JLPT)
However, it is a shame that the conversation in the story is not natural. (To be honest, those conversations are weird for native speakers, at least for me.lol)
If you want to improve your speaking skills and speak like a native speaker, rather than studying this textbook on your own,I think it would be a good idea to take a Japanese class or private lesson and have the teacher teach you Japanese using Genki.
This book will teach you correct grammar, words and phrases.
However, I think it will be hard to become able to speak Japanese like a native speaker through this book.
In my lessons, I mainly use this Genki learning method and one-on-one natural Japanese conversation lessons.
If you are interested, please read this about my teaching platform
And you can get a tip for your lessons from here.↓
Thank you for reading!