How Do You Start Learning Japanese?

By Donald Ash | Learn Japanese

A common question I get here at the Japan Guy Blog is how to get started learning Japanese. It’s a HUGE question and it’s part of the reason I’ve been a bit absent lately (sorry to all the Japan Guy readers out there).

But this is the book that got me started and I hope you check out the video to find out the what I don’t like about Genki, and then some. Thanks for watching!


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Donald Ash is an ATLien expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last six years. While in aforesaid time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator, writer, designer, editor, programmer, and occasional bad artist of blog (that's just way too many hats, dude). Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.
  • Juan D

    Thanks for your review of Genki. I started a short course here in Texas and we use that book.

    • Hi Juan! It’s truly my pleasure. That’s so cool that you guys are using the book! It really is a great way to start building a solid foundation. 勉強するのは頑張って下さい! 🙂

  • Historia Lenz

    Genki is such as nice and simple book. I love it. The illustrations are great, too!

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