Postby NickT » October 19th, 2007 2:40 am
Of course, having the CD is always a good thing, but they do sometimes tend to be extremely expensive for some reason. And to be honest, my listening skill improves more from listening to Jpod101 than to the CDs that come with my textbooks.
The thing I liked best about it was the grammar explanations. I liked the fact that it didn't use any English at all to explain the grammar, but instead presented 2 or 3 example sentances using similar grammar or contructions, and then asked a series of questions (In Japanese) which highlight the differences in nuance or meaning between the sentences.
Having said that, I know a few people in my class hated the book for the exact same reason: No explanations in English, no translations, and more questions than answers.
For me though, that is exactly the point of the book. It is a "bridge" from beginner to intermediate, and it weans you off English explanations and translations and gets you ready for proper intermediate & advanced all-Japanese textbooks, and gets you thinking about Japanese in Japanese. If you are not ready to do those things, then you are not ready to make the jump from beginners level Japanese to intermediate level.