View topic - What books should I buy?
I am planning on buying a few books that I plan to use as "textbooks." I was wondering if I have chosen the right kind of books. I plan on getting:
- Random House Japanese-->English/ English-->Japanese Dictionary
- Essential Kanji
- Japanese Step by Step
I have read reviews and they seem pretty good. I was wondering if I need to have a Kanji book now. I know I will need a Dictionary for futur use. If anybody can advise me on any of this, it will help a lot.
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You'll probably be better off going with a more standard textbook. I like Japanese for Everyone ($20 at Amazon), others like the Genki books, and some like the Japanese for Busy People series (I did not).
I have the Random House dictionary and use it all the time. No, it isn't perfect, but it's cheap and pretty comprehensive.
You can't start learning kanji too early. I haven't seen the Essential Kanji book before, but plan to check it out. You might check into the Heisig method as an alternative--some like it, some don't. You can try it out by downloading the first part of the book here.
Are you taking a class? If not, you'll want an audio course.
Obligatory link to my beginner's tips here.
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