Genki, Level 1, 2nd Edition
The Genki, Level 1 textbook provides beginning students of Japanese a solid grounding in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Audio CDs are included in the second edition.
Twelve lessons cover situations and subjects relating to daily life and follow the high times (vacations, planning a first date, and eating out) and the low (going to the doctor and getting stood up on the first date!). Students will appreciate the functional situations and frequent introduction of colloquialisms that immediately give a taste of the living language. “Dialogue and Grammar” and “Reading and Writing” sections in the textbook contain a variety of stimulating, challenging exercises and easy to follow examples. The text is also full of cultural notes that teach students the “why”, not just “how”, of Japanese language and grammar.
The first volume includes 145 kanji, comprehensive Japanese-to-English and English-to-Japanese indices, and the most frequently used vocabulary, expressions, and grammar, giving students the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their daily lives.
If you're used to using the first edition, please see the following website, which lists the major changes between the first and second editions: The New Genki
Genki offers beginning college and adult learners a solid grounding in the four language skills, with an emphasis on listening and speaking. Now in a second edition, easy-to-understand grammar explanations, illustrated exercises, and everyday life scenes are the hallamarks of the Genki series. Textbook examples of Japanese dialogue and grammar point are easy to read and understand and Genki presents the most frequently used vocabulary, expressions, and grammar in Japanese, giving students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their daily lives.
Workbooks and audio CDs provide numerous practice opportunities that correspond with the Genk itextbook. The Picture Card CD-Rom supports Genki's list of vocabulary.