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    Default The Japan Times' Genki Textbooks 1 and 2

    Once you finish these two books you are around JLPT level 3...right?
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    Yes.

    But I think you need to finish them properly to get that kind of 'level' out of them. So do the listening exercises, workbook shit and stuff.

    There still might be the odd grammar point you'd miss but I took an exam just after finishing them and I was apparently at 3q level according to the teachers and i doubt that was from the CLAIR coursebooks.
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    Does anyone know of a place where I can buy the textbook used? Amazon.co.jp is the only place that I can find that ships to Japan and the used options there are pretty limited.

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    That ships? No. But if you ever happen to be in the Tokyo area, the Blue Parrot bookstore in Takadanobaba has some used textbooks. It was where I got my used copy of genki.

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    It's a hell of a lot cheaper to buy itnew here then it is to get it online, just FYI.
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    Mollie, you can borrow mine if you want but I've written notes and answers and things all over them so it definitely wouldn't be as good for learning as a fresh copy would be.

    I have the CDs for Genki 2 though which I can lend you though if you want to save a bit of cash.
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    I'm trying to use this Genki book and so far it's reallying damn annoying. I don't have the workbook or the cds because they cost stupid amounts of money to get outside of Japan. Does this make it unusable? I mean, I read through it, but the "practice" is tedious not all that helpful since I don't know if I'm doing things correctly anyway. Half of the stuff in it is classroom based...

    So, suggestions on what I'm supposed to be doing with this thing?

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    i'd like to get my hands on these preferably before i leave for japan, any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ext23
    i'd like to get my hands on these preferably before i leave for japan, any ideas?
    What part of Australia are you in again?
    If you're in Melbourne you could try the LaTrobe university bookshop - they used to stock it. Or "Academic and General" on Swanston Street - new and secondhand copies.
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    yeah i'm in melbourne. i will definitely check out that place on swanston st, thanks for the info. looks like RMIT stock it as well.

    do you need to buy the CD separately? if so is it worth it?

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    Once you finish with Genki I and II, what are the best books to get past 3kyu? ^_^

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    Ah yes. That's where you run into difficulties.

    There;s not really a lot of good integrated textbooks for this.

    You can try the Japan Times (same as Genki's publishers) An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese which I found boring as batshit or the text that's used at the Osaka course is called J Bridge which makes me want to gouge my eyes out.

    Better approach I reckon is to get some Kanzen master books for the different skills in the JLPT 2q or the Unicom books if you prefer them. I'd say mix and match though. I like the kanji book of kanzens but not the reading one for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dombay
    You can try the Japan Times (same as Genki's publishers) An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese which I found boring as batshit
    makes for good bog roll, i can tell you that, not good for much else

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    Try the Pirate Bay

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    This thread is really old, but I would l'm searching for this Genki or Minna book for cheaper prices and I'm not in the JET program nor do I live in Japan, it seems really expensive to buy it even from amazon.jp

    I'm just curious, I see that some of you mention that it's cheaper over there, how much does it cost? I see that online it cost like 1350 used for the textbook.

    Any advice? Thank you!

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    Default Re: The Japan Times' Genki Textbooks 1 and 2

    if you live in Japan why would you buy it from Amazon.co.jp buy it from Amazon.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmaneo View Post
    if you live in Japan why would you buy it from Amazon.co.jp buy it from Amazon.com
    Because Amazon Japan ships it from within the country?

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    But they aren't in Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmaneo View Post
    But they aren't in Japan.
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    Default Re: The Japan Times' Genki Textbooks 1 and 2

    Oh, I meant if you don't live in Japan. Why would you buy it from Amazon.co.jp

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