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Postby Kisshu » Sun 04.16.2006 12:33 am

Ok dokey... my parents have asked me what I want fer me birthday (May 3rd) and every year they spend an average of about $100 for b-day presents.. I thought that this year, instead of requesting a buncha small items, I would go for something big. Something cool. Something Japanese.

I still have yet to make a decision however. I am deciding between an electronic Japanese/English dictionary, and a better curriculem. I am however, leaning towards a curriculem. Which do you think I should go for?

Is it even possible to get a good electronic dictionary for under $100? Most of the quality ones I see are in the $200...

Anyways... Last Christman, as one of my smaller gifts, I got a rather cheap Japanese program from me mum and da. While it taught a lot of phrases and such that would be useful if you were touring Japan, it did not do an in depth study of grammer and such. I want to learn Japanese so that I can speak it fluently, not travel to Japan some day and say only the few phrases that I have learned. Not to say the program wasn't useful, but I still wish for something more. Does anybody have any suggestions of a good curriculem that is $100 or less? It doesn't really matter what type of program it is, but my preference is that it has a book along with it, so I can learn between classes without having to come home and go ont he computer, or put a pair of headphones on. Although, if the program is good enough, I would be willing to go for it.
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Postby Machina Maw » Sun 04.16.2006 1:09 am

I've no idea personally... check the JLP store, I guess. http://www.thejapanshop.net/
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Postby hungryhotei » Sun 04.16.2006 6:14 am

I don't think beginners need an expensive electronic dictionary. the Oxford starters dictionary was very good.
I'm not sure what you mean by curriculum, but I recommend getting a good textbook.
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Postby Kisshu » Sun 04.16.2006 3:25 pm

I have previously checked out the Japan Shop.. but still have no idea what would be the best prorgam.. I own a very solid grammer book that shows all the ins and outs of grammer, but its not exactly a good "learning" tool.. more like a resource. What I wish is a program where I could work, have excersizes, quizes perhaps and tests and such.. stuff that they may use in an actual school... cuz I'm homeschooled and I would like a program for my foreign language credits.
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Postby Tegan » Sun 04.16.2006 3:29 pm

Though I've yet to get my hands on it, I've heard A LOT of good things about the Genki series. I believe you can find it at most major online booksellers(i.e. Amazon, Barnes&Nobles, etc.).

I hope you like whatever you choose!:)
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Postby Christian_ » Sun 04.16.2006 6:03 pm

I never really saw how a electronic dictionary would come in handy, unless I was in Japan and dying to know what a Kanji meant that minuite, does anyone now what they are used most for? Anyway, Kisshu san, If you don't have a textbook, curriculem thing, why not go for like the whole Genki set. Like the Book, workbook, CDs whatever there is, thats what I would go for. If your going for a program, I really don't think there are honestly any computer programs that can help you learn Japanese like a book can. If anyone tells you about Rosetta Stone, which is very expensive, don't even think about it, its terrible. You can try a trial on their site. Anyway I hope you chose something good and Happy Birthday in advance. :)
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Postby Kisshu » Sun 04.16.2006 7:08 pm

Wow!! sweet stuff!! so go for the genki, ne? I heard about it.. and I went to find some reviews after you guys mentioned it. soudns pretty awesome! Does anybody know of the best site to buy it off of?

Thanks for the b-day wish!!
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