GENKI (げんき)

Level N5 – N3
Suitable for ✅ Absolute beginners
✅ Intermediate level learners
🆗 Advanced level learners
✅ Classroom learners
✅ Self-learners
✅ JLPT preparation
❌ Learning business Japanese
🆗 Hobbyists
❌ Tourists
  • Well known and sold outside Japan
  • Grammar items are concise
  • Contains an easy-to-follow index, making review easy
  • Cons
  • Example sentences explain grammar points very clearly, but are impractical and artificial
  • Exercises are repetitive and uncreative
  • The chosen vocabulary is not always presented in a way that is easy to learn, and the connection to the grammar is not always clear
  • Series
  • GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I
  • GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I Workbook
  • GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II
  • GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II Workbook
  • Publisher The Japan Times Publishing

    GENKI is a well-known Japanese grammar book series which is an easy entry point for beginning Japanese learners. It covers everything from simple sentence construction to more advanced grammar items such as 敬語(けいご). The 23 chapters are divided into two volumes, with each volume containing a textbook and a workbook. The workbook does not contain explanations of grammar items, so the textbook is essential for self-study. The workbooks are structured with one complete page for each grammar item and are particularly useful for reviewing particles, conjugations and functional grammar patterns, such as “have to…”, “may…”, etc. It is useful not only for beginner-intermediate learners and JLPT preparation, but also for advanced learners’ review. Grammar explanations are minimal and are not fully sufficient for communicating at the applied level. The situations of the example sentences are limited as the learners are assumed to be international students going on to universities.