To Anonymous who is self studying and asked about N2: beside books and JLPT oriented courses, please also read novels and watch tv shows. N2 covers a lot that formal books don't usually teach foreigners. Futsuukei, costumes, reading newspaper articles... I never used Genki, but I've studied through Minna no Nihongo, Daichi and JBridge. If Genki follows a similar structure (grammarwise), try next the 短期集中初級日本語文法総まとめ ポイント20 to strengthen your basic gram before going forward. Best of luck! :D
Hey, I'm following your blog for a while now and I really like it. I was wondering if you had some advice for Japanese self-study. I'm studying Chinese and Economics in Germany and I'm learning Japanese in my free time on my own. Do you have any recommended reading for intermediate Japanese? I already completed Genki 1 and 2 and already ordered "An Intermediate Approach to Japanese", but it has no answer key book. Also: Is it realistic to get N2 level in 2 years? (Genki took me 8 months) Cheers!