I often get questions in comments on this blog and in email from people finding this blog through search engines regarding which books I recommend for studying for the JLPT or learning Japanese, or kanji, vocabulary, grammar, etc.
You might have noticed that my last couple of blog posts are based around the search queries used to find my site, and so is this post, since I decided to write something about the topics that people are searching for while finding my site but that I haven’t explicitly mentioned. I noticed a lot of search queries such as:
- which book is better for jlpt 2 kanzen or unicom?
- good vocab book jlpt level 2
- jlpt1 book recommendation
- best jlpt books
- kanzen master vs unicom reading
and sure enough I’ve mentioned these terms a lot in my blog, but never really recommended any books. So again utilizing the convenient Squidoo platform, I wrote up a page containing my Japanese learning book recommendations. So from now on I’ll make additions there and reference it from my blog instead of keeping book recommendations spread out over different blog posts without coherence.
Currently, I have organized the page into these categories:
- Recommended beginner level Japanese books
- Kanji study book recommendations
- Advanced beginner, intermediate Japanese, and JLPT 3 level book recommendations
- Advanced Japanese and JLPT 2/1 book recommendations
- Business Japanese book recommendations
and I’ve also written some general ideas I have about studying for each of these levels:
- Just started studying Japanese?
- Learning kanji
- Progressing from beginner to intermediate Japanese
- Taking the step towards Japanese fluency
- Ready to work in Japan?
Anyway, all the books I recommend there are ones that I own or have owned (and sold) and have found useful. I’ve probably bought way more books than necessary over the years, but I find buying books for myself keeps me motivated to study, so it has probably been worth it in the end, even if some of those books sucked. I’ll add more books to that page over the coming weeks as I find the time to think up what actually made them good and write a review.