This is the newest edition of the Minna no Nihongo Beginner textbook ROMANIZED VERSION. You do not need to know kana to use this book, but we only recommend this version if your class/teacher requires it.
This is the first Textbook for the beginner level of the Minna no Nihongo Japanese textbook series. You'll need the English (or Spanish) Translations and Grammar Notes book to go with this.
Romanized version (no hiragana or katakana knowledge necessary)
Main textbook and requires a separate translation book
Works with the Minna no Nihongo I English Translation and Grammar Notes (2nd Edition)