I’ve been studying Japanese on my own for a while and I’m thinking of taking a evening class in the fall. My conversational ability is far behind my reading comprehension, so I’ll be in a slightly odd place whichever class I’m in. But I have some time to make my skills slightly less lopsided between now and then. Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing?
I looked at the Tobira sample chapter and I found the passages easy to read and recognized many of the grammar constructs but couldn’t do the grammar exercises and I definitely couldn’t hold a conversation on the subjects. I think that’s a good class to aim for? Genki seems too basic, and I don’t think I’m ready for interacting in the advanced class that has moved past textbooks.
I’ve started going through Genki, reading the text and doing both sides of the conversation exercises. Is this a good way to prepare?