Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Dai 2-Han Honsatsu Kanji-Kana (Book & CD)
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That's what I'm doing) There's some kanji but with the hiragana above so, it doesn't matter if you can't read kanji. You get to learn Japanese in Japanese, and there’s more immersion, as opposed to Genki, which likes to communicate to you in English too much. So far, though, I do like the layout of MNN as a book to embed what I’ve learned more firmly in my mind.
A reading comprehension text that can be used right from the start of learning Japanese, this book covers a wide variety of topics in various formats, and simple exercises are also included to confirm the learner's level of comprehension. And, they’ve written two “novels” about the “main character” of the textbook, the first of which you can probably start reading around Lesson 5, and should be able to understand pretty well by the end of the first textbook. on top of that you were also forced to choose by yourself if the word needed a particle/postposition or not.There are up to 8 different workbooks for Minna no Nihongo and an additional textbook focusing on Kanji characters only. The book seems to be structured pretty well where it slowly builds on grammar you’ve already learned and doesn’t add too much new grammar at a time. Here is a kanji workbook conforming to the kanji and vocabulary found in Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Second Edition Main Text. The series also features both an app and online resources for self-studying so that's another big plus here. The series also includes books on reading and listening comprehension and kanji learning, as well as audio materials.
I recommend it, no doubt, to assist a class with a Japanese teacher who can tell you what everything means, because it is a very good study material.I dislike that it continues to teach you verbs in -masu form as the vocabulary rather than dictionary form after teaching you about plain form, conjugating ‘te’ and ‘ta’ forms etc.