This is one of the textbooks my classmates and I used back when I was an exchange student in Japan. I was so determined to learn the Japanese language that even before arriving in Japan, I had already taken several classes.
Actually, I started learning nihongo on my own when I was in 4th year high school. After I graduated, I took language classes in Ortigas. There I met my first Filipino teacher in nihongo. He advised me to apply in the exchange programs offered in universities. This is what he did as a student at De La Salle University (DLSU).
I continued taking classes in Ortigas every Saturday during my time in college, while making sure that I arrive on time for ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Course). At the time, we didn't have any alternative to ROTC, unlike university students these days. When I finally took my first foreign language class in college, I already had some background.
Eventually, I was fortunate enough to be accepted as a student in Japan for 2 semesters in my junior year. When I took the placement test, I earned enough points to land on a Japanese Language and Culture class that used this textbook.
I never used the first Genki textbook
, until several years later, when I became a teacher. To tell you the truth, I didn't know I'd become a teacher. I didn't really set out to be one. But I guess I'm getting ahead of myself, because that's another story for another time.