Heya~ recently I joined a small Japanese learning group on Facebook, and we agreed to use Genki as main material. However, I can’t own the book cuz I’m a broke soon-to-be uni student. I’m grateful enough that my mom is willing to pay my yearly WK subcription (* ´∀`*)
I’m afraid if I’m gonna be a bother to others in the group and I wanna keep up with them, so…
Got any recommendation?
I don’t know which category this thread should be in, soo forgive me if I posted in the wrong place…
Well, it might be difficult to keep up with the group if you don’t use Genki because the order and exercises will be different. It depends on what the group is going to do together, just talk about learning Japanese and support each other or work on the book chapter by chapter.
But there are plenty of free good grammar resources online at Genki level. Check out the list here: The Ultimate Additional Japanese Resources List! and you might see one that meets your needs best. Tae Kim’s is a fine grammar text in my opinion, but it has a different approach to Genki.
And you also might want something for listening/speaking practice to make up for the lack of audio exercises.
Memrise.com has Genki vocab decks and I’m sure they’re floating around for Anki too, although you might as well just do WaniKani + a better vocab list.
When are you going to university? Your school might have it or another Japanese textbook in the library - almost certainly any copies left over will not be for loan, but it might be handy to have it as a reference to keep up with what the group’s doing.
Are there others in your situation in the group? Genki is an expensive book, especially with the workbook and/or answer key. You could sort out what you’re going to do together.
IMO the best website for learning Japanese grammar. It’s not completely free though, you have a free 1 month trial that gives you everything the site has to offer, after the trial month has passed, you can still use the website, but in it’s “lite” form.
Blockquote What if I choose not subscribe after my free trial?
Bunpro “lite”, a free version of Bunpro, is still an excellent grammar resource. You will still be able to view each grammar point’s meaning and structure, a limited number of example sentences and all of the reference links and textbook page numbers.
One month only costs $3 though, a full year is as cheap as $30. If you’re serious about learning Japanese then this shouldn’t be a hurdle IMO.
I use BunPro for drills, but one won’t really learn without studying grammar a bit more comprehensively and in context. The site links to good explanations, such as Tae Kim’s, which have been mentioned.
Since both, Tae Kim and Imabi were mentioned, I just wanted to bring up the old conflict between the two, which can i.a. be read here and here. Admittedly, on Reddit only the creator of Imabi seems to be defending his position. But, I think he has a point. As he mentioned here I’m not saying to completely avoid Tae Kim, just be careful and always check multiple resources.
As for my part, I decided to go primarily with Imabi, but it’s a matter of choice. To be honest, in my opinion you can’t learn a language with a textbook (or website) anyway. Sure, it’s necessary to learn the grammar, but the best way is to actually speak a language. Find a native speaker, in times of world wide web that shouldn’t be a too big problem.
worst comes to worst, see if you can get another fellow student to let you photocopy the sections you are studying (including photocopying the workbook if possible). the audio may be tougher w/o resorting to …less savory means.