Hi all, I was wondering if anybody here has used the NEJ series in the past (or has got experience with it) alongside books like Genki and MNN.
If you are not familiar with this book and want to look it up on the internet, the full name is “New approach to Elementary Japanese”.
I am going through the NEJ vol.1 and to be honest I like it, it never bores me to the point where I want to do something else instead of studying it and it’s challenging enough to force me into taking a break from it (otherwise I would be overwhelmed).
This is because Kanji are used often from early on and every lesson introduces new ones, therefore the second part of the book becomes quite dense as you are supposed to remember them all (furigana are progressively omitted for characters the authors give for granted you are comfortable with).
If I had to describe the main goal of the book, I would say that it is focused on getting you more familiar with conversational Japanese; all dialogues should be analyzed with the aid of the audio registrations that come with the book.
There are plenty of them and the quality is very good. Grammar is briefly introduced at the beginning of the chapter and clearly there is not a strong focus on it. There is a workbook but it’s quite small.
The point of my topic is that I was considering getting a book for a better understanding of the grammar (and to get access to more exercises). I know the main differences between Genki and MNN (one being that MNN is entirely presented in Japanese), but I would really love to get some more comments from anybody that has been using both the NEJ and either Genki or MNN.
I’d like to understand if buying one of those books is a good investment for improving the outcomes of the self-study sessions considering that the next step for me would be getting NEJ vol.2 instead. I can still switch to Genki or MNN and keep going with one of those series.
If switching to a different book is the recommended course of actions, my preference at the moment would be to go for MNN as it looks a bit more mature then Genki (less colours, pictures and that sort of things…) and maybe more focused on the grammar? I could be wrong here.