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From what I've seen/heard, it's a great book, but it's pretty intense. If you don't have a teacher forcing you through it or enough dedication to chew through it on your own (which means a lot of independantly looking up stuff you don't understand), then you might be better off with a book that has more thorough explanations in English.
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vocab and grammer is exactly what i want to improve on at the moment. Im just worried its gonna be a little slow learning new words from scratch in kana.
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To tell the truth, I find the pacing a little faster than JFBP, having done both, a few year apart. But it's quite different in what comes first...
Be sure to get the audio files! quite helpful; not the videos, since their contents are also in the audio files, except if you want a good laugh sometimes!
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I talked to some people back here in the states and they like the Genki book although I don't think they have seen the Minna no Nihongo series. I've looked at both and I think they're are both good books BUT I'm biased towards 3A Network because of the Kanzen Masuta series that I used when studying for the JLPT last year.
Honestly a vocab list, some flash cards, and a sentence pattern dictionary (again my favorites are the kanzen masuta ones) will teach you alot more but you might skip out on a few things... I know I never used a real text book while learning Japanese and I cleped out of every college Japanese class they made a clep course for.
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