Elementary Japanese Vol 1 (Tuttle Language Library) by Yoko Hasegawa ( ) [Yoko Hasegawa] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying. Elementary Japanese Volume One has 25 ratings and 6 reviews. Scharfrichter said: Despite authors stating on the cover of the book that it is good for sel. I want to go back to learning Japanese, but Genki is too expensive for me currently (+$ CAD with all the books needed.) Looking through.

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Write a customer review. Showing of 38 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The main reason I’ve chosen this book over other popular publications including Genki and Minna no Nihongo was its price and convenience.

Elementary Japanese is less expensive than other written resources, despite having a CD included to it. The grammar points are very clear and Yoko Hasegawa’s writing is very comprehensive.

There is a LOT of information, including etymology and cultural notes related to the language. This information enhances the way the student perceives Japanese language and the culture it is surrounded by. From chapter 2, there’s no romaji and all the dialogues are written in kana and kanji only, which makes my studying process less distractful.

However, there are also some flaws.

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First of all, not all the vocabulary listed is used, therefore I have no idea of the context of some words. Besides that, the kanji teaching method isn’t really the best, I prefer studying kanji from KanjiDamage or Heisig. Despite its few flaws, I recommend this book to anyone willing to learn Japanese in a solid and practical way.


Great if using to seriously learn Japanese. Much better than a basic phrase book. I would recommend knowing hiragana and katakana when getting this book. This is a book that’s for the first semester for college Japanese! Came in awesome condition as well, even tho it’s a used book. Super satisfied with my purchase. One person found this helpful.


The product I received did not include the promised CD with files on it. These are my experiences with this book, and I in no way intend to state that my experiences are more correct than other people’s. About 15 years ago my brother brought me home a romanji Japanese for Busy People I book from a book fair, which is what got me into learning Japanese. I never became serious about it until a year ago, when I started thoroughly researching various books for learning Japanese.

I bought this book as it had a CD included and fantastic reviews. The CD is excellent; no doubt about it. I had already learned all the kana both hiragana and katakana before I had even opened the book. I had also watched lots of Japanese programs with subtitles beforehand, so I had a bit of knowledge of the language beforehand.

I actually gave up for a few months before going back to it with determination and Anki I’m still doing this. I am so far having a great time with it and I find that is it easier to follow for me.

The moral of the story is: This is a great textbook for someone who already knows beginner Japanese it is a college level textbook after all but don’t think that just by learning all the kana that you’ll have success with this book.


I personally think this book is actually better as a reference book than one to learn from. If you are new at learning Japanese, I would suggest to start an easier book first and then go onto this. Do not put off learning kana, Hasrgawa did and it got me no where. I wish I had known sooner because I would have learned them 15 years ago. It gives you a firm foundation and forces you to learn the kanji that it teaches. I would recommend this to anyone that is beginning to learn Japanese.

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