My Podcast Interview with Manga Sensei — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. Why does he hate Genki so much? Do you think it’s good learning material besides the bad stories/conversations with Mary-san?

    • John here. The truth is, I had to teach out of that textbook at university, and I feel like it does a poor job of teaching grammar. However, I think it can be a good tool if that’s how your brain works. So it’s more of a personal thing, but it is also one of the reasons I teach grammar an the way I do now; a more in context, deeper, & fundamental way. But again, it’s up to how you learn, so for you it might be awesome, just maybe not for me.

    • Genki was my one of my first textbooks, and I haven’t looked at it in about 13 years. I have a lot of nostalgia for it, so probably can’t give an unbiased opinion, due to the fond memories of first starting to study Japanese with it

      What I can say is I enjoyed it at the time, a lot of universities used it (probably still do?), and it is considered one of the most popular physical textbooks.

  2. I loved the interview and found it really great that part of it was in Japanese!

    I didn’t know the podcast before, but I might check it out more regularly.

    I like hearing about other learners’ stories and what they value in their studies and spend way too much time on reading up about that. But listening to that in Japanese seems like a good compromise ;)

    • Thanks!

      He does the interview weekly with a Japanese learner (usually), and continues with this half English/half Japanese structure. So there are a lot of fun learner stories :)

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