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and should i get anything like some childrens books in japanese if i can get hold of any to start doing some basic reading, i know the hiragana and have started on the katakana...
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Welcome to TJP! I would highly recommend getting a single textbook and just work with that to start. It almost doesn't matter what you choose. The two that I am most familiar with are the Japanese for Busy People series and the Genki series.
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im not sure about JFBP but the genki series covers some kanji.
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hehe, thanks for the link. That page is still a work in progress.
Nowadays, Elementary Japanese is a bit better than JfBP. I even rate Colloquial Japanese higher. When I say better I mean more balanced. I never liked the extremely slow rate that kanji were introduced in JfBP. Total of 20 for book 1 and even then in the appendix, not in the lessons. It's also dissapointing because by the end of an entire book, You've barely scratched the surface. I think by the end of a book you should have a better grounding in the grammar.
For a person on a budget Colloquial Japanese seems to be the best value. Elementary Japanese the next best value and Genki the best system if money is no object. All are good enough, the main difference is the amount drills and exercises available. If a student is good at making up their own exercises, then Colloquial Japanese is fine.
Colloquial Japanese - Good stuff, relatively cheap.
Elementary Japanese - Better stuff, more costly
Genki - Highest quality, most costly.
Genki is rated the highest mainly because I haven't gotten a chance to compare it directly to Nakama, Minna no Nihongo, and Nihongo no Kiso.
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