A book review.
An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
by Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, and Kyoko Tokashiki
This is the best of many, many Japanese books that I've had. It lays everything out in an orderly fashion, and has quite a bit of supporting examples and illustrations and exercises to drive home the lessons. Those lessons are well-sized for someone who's crashing through this difficult language, and I've found the examples and illustrative explanations refreshingly sophisticated. I had taken classes in groups or in one:one situations for about three and a half years the first time I lived in Japan (which was a five year span all in). But I think I've learned more in the six months I've been studying with this book than I did in all that time.