Japanese for Dummies

Japanese for Dummies

Book Plus CD - 2013 | 2nd edition
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Learn to speak Japanese--the fast and easy way

Japanese is the gateway to the rich culture of the exciting and complex island nation of Japan. Some people get intimidated by the prospect of speaking Japanese--worried that it's just too complex and different--but these fears are unfounded. While you can devote a lifetime to the study of this or any language, picking up the basics of Japanese doesn't require any more than an interest and a willingness to try something new.

Japanese For Dummies has everything you need to start speaking the language. Author and Professor of Japanese Eriko Sato introduces the essentials of grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the language, before showing you Japanese in action. You'll also discover social customs, formalities, and manners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present.

Includes vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary, and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations Assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese on your part--providing the perfect guide for a quick-but-thorough, lighthearted-but-not-lightweight introduction to the language CD lets you hear Japanese as it's really spoken and reinforces lessons from the book

Whether you simply want to introduce yourself to the Japanese language, say a few words to a neighbor or coworker, or you're planning a major trip or study abroad in Japan, Japanese For Dummies will enable you to get the basics fast and work towards your own goal at your own pace.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : 2013. Wiley,
Edition: 2nd edition
ISBN: 9781118130711
Branch Call Number: ANF 495.68 SATO
Characteristics: xx, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. + 1 CD-ROM


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Jul 08, 2017

It's ok. The info seems to be all over the place, and I get that the point of these "for dummies" books is to offer some sort of crash course on various topics. I also get hat the effects of these crash courses are subjective depending on the person learning, and for me they don't work.

In my particular case, I think they should begin by giving you not only the Hiragana and Katakana, but the task of repeating them until you learn them, and then getting rid of all romaji in the rest of the book. (Yes, I know the author mentions that it's ok to not learn Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji and just use romaji, but I think that's just lazy learning. Then again, that's just me).

I also think that the author brings up kanji too early in the game and forces you to continually "cheat" by looking at the romaji "translations", never allowing you to learn unless you black them out (which I couldn't do because it's a library book. If I were to buy it, that might work, but I'm not interested now).

The information seems to be on point, even if it throws random things at you from the very beginning, along with complex, convoluted sentence structures that in my opinion hinder your learning. Again, not for me, but still I see how some people would benefit from it.

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