Today the Adventures in Japanese books arrived, earlier than expected, thanks Amazon! I was curious how the books would be and got disappointed. Although the books are containing many interesting topics, easy explanations of all the grammar points, fun activities such as original Japanese card games, many cultural notes, as well as useful vocabulary, this series of books is not for me. It is targeted at high school students, and classroom use, as all the activities are tailored for groups.
There is absolutely nothing in terms of exercises which I could do on my own, and without the CDs, that weren’t even available. Even if they had been available, I doubt that I would have bought them, because they are way too expensive. 54 Euros for each set, meaning 4 separate sets of Audio CDs, can you imagine that? This is clearly beyond any budget worth spending for individual learners for learning materials. Even if it would have been targeted at self-learners, this would be way too high a price. It hurts a little bit to have wasted my money. Overall the contents of the books are interesting, and presented in a way I like, I will send them back. Sorry Cheng & Tsui, no deal! With the refund I will buy other books, like the Graded Reader series, which would total at about the same amount, as the Adventures in Japanese series. Unlike the latter I will get more for my money from the Graded Reader books, because they are useful for studying for the JLPT. If you are a self-learner, dear reader, stay away from the Adventures in Japanese books.