Yesterday i was reading a blog owned by a member over at kanji.koohii.com The person mentioned at his blog a book series called Basic Japanese by Tuttle Press. In his assessment of this book he mentioned that it is a rather good series of books for Japanese learners, because it has a clear structure, and gives detailed explanations of all the grammar points. Having nothing better to do, and feeling in the mood for some shopping, i went over to the Amazon website to see, what other customers had to say about these books. The reviews were overall positive, and i was convinced that these books would be a good addition, to my growing collection of Japanese learning resources. I was planning on buying only this series of books and nothing else. At least that was my original plan.
I added both books into my basket, and went on with my window shopping to see, what other Japanese learning books they have on offer right now. This is how i came upon a series of books called Adventures in Japanese 1, 2, 3 and 4. Each of these books is over 400 pages long, the workbooks have 250 to 300 pages each, and the latter is full of different kinds of fun exercises. Of course they didn’t offer a bundle consisting of a Workbook, a Textbook, and accompanying CDs. All those books, CD’s, and CD-Roms are sold separately. There are also Teachers manuals, for each of the 4 volumes of books. I estimated that the full course, including CD’s four teachers manuals, the CD-Roms and the Workbooks plus a Dictionary would cost 680 Euro! But anyways, being in a shopping mood, i added those books to my basket as well.
Later on i also found and added a book called Oxford Beginner’s Japanese Dictionary, as well as a DVD movie, to my shopping basket. This DVD has nothing to do with studying Japanese. It’s just a movie i wanted to buy since a very long time now. It’s a 黒白映画の英語 (しろくろえいがのえいご) black and white movie in English language from 1966. The Fortune Cookie, starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon. After those two items were in my shopping basket i decided it was time to check out and place my order. I was shopping for at least an hour, ending up with 16 items, that i didn’t really plan to buy. All items would have cost at least 450 Euro. So i began throwing out some of the books, with the Beginners Japanese series of books being the first, a book series called Contemporary Japanese, which was not very well received by other amazon customers, leaving me with Adventures in Japanese Level 1, 2, 3, 4, the Workbooks 1, 2, 3, 4 and a Dictionary sold along with Volume 4. Also the Dictionary and the DVD were left in my shopping basket. The Sub-total of these books and the DVD was 340 Euro with tax-included.
Yes, dear reader, you’ve guessed right, i bought all those books. I just could not get myself to throw out the All Adventures in Japanese books. So i placed the order and await their arrival which should be tomorrow. Maybe i will send them back, if i don’t find them as good as i thought them to be, or not as useful without the Audio CD’s. Glad they haven’t had them on sale at Amazon as well. Every set cost around 54 Euros, and the Teachers manuals, totaling at 50 to 70 Euros. Not that i really needed yet another set of books. But i thought that i deserve a little something for having been able to finish げんき 2. I will soon start to write detailed reviews for all the books i own, in the hopes that it will help you to judge, which books give you the most bang for your buck.