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Authentic Japanese: Progressing From Intermediate to Advanced (Workbook) Tankobon Softcover – 2006


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Product Details

  • Tankobon Softcover: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Times; 1st edition (2006)
  • ISBN-10: 4789012220
  • ISBN-13: 978-4789012225
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,834,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. Mundo on March 12, 2011
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I would like to start by commenting on Samuel Leiter's comment. One thing I have to stress is that many "self-taught" Japanese language learners often misjudge their skill level. He commented it's mostly for advanced people but he is sadly mistaken. I have been studying for four years at the University of Irvine, and I can verify this is for Intermediate to Advance. I have to be clear though it is [UPPER] intermediate to advanced. If you are someone who just progressed from beginner to intermediate, do not buy this textbook. If you are at the upper intermediate level than you should be able to read a textbook with the bare minimum of English. This textbook has enough English to explain the grammar, but it assumes you are able to read the beginner to intermediate kanji and vocabulary.You will not find romaji or furigana readings. A good way to know if you are ready for this textbook (if you are a self-study student)is by taking the JLPT (Japanese language proficiency test)N3 and passing it. The previous commenter disagrees with the elimination of most English in the textbook, however the way I see it a student should be able to understand this level of Japanese in the first place. The explanations are fairly straight forward and easy to understand despite the fact that it is in all Japanese. If you are a self-taught person please don't let your ego get to you and gauge your Japanese level properly. The reason this book doesn't repeat dialog is because you can always just replay the track on the cd, and you should be able to understand the sentences at one go if you think you are fluent enough in Japanese to consider yourself (upper) intermediate to advanced.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GMak on January 14, 2014
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Beware. This is the old book (1998). The new one is available (2012):
Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced [New Edition] ISBN 979-4-7890-1462-5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Kerr on March 1, 2012
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Currently using this book for an Advanced Japanese class. Good balance of intermediate to upper level kanji and readings. I would recommend for anyone wanting to further their Japanese skills.
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By chem on June 17, 2013
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I had to buy this book for a college class, it is a great book for advanced japanese speakers and students but because of the nature of the book it was rather expensive
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12 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Leiter on February 6, 2010
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I'm working my way through this book, using it to review and polish my Japanese. I've only gotten through the early lessons, but that's enough to see what's involved here. Despite its title, which suggests that readers will be primarly at the intermediate level, it is actually quite advanced. Because I'm using it primarily for self-teaching and not as a classroom text, I have no one to practice the exercises with, so I mainly use it for listening comprehension, since it comes with a CD. The CD includes eacb chapter's essays (one to a chapter, each borrowed from published sources and not original to the text) and a section in which sample sentences using each of the targeted phrases that the lesson seeks to teach are spoken. These phrases are introduced with their English meaning, but this is the only English in the text. I know some people think that eliminating all English explanations and translations is a viable method, but I disagree. This book has excellent material in abundance, but its lack of English material makes it very difficult to use with confidence if one isn't sure of whether one has understood the material. I've used almost every text on the market, both those with English assistance and those without, and, after decades of study, can attest to the need for English support, at least for the self-studier. Because it is one of the few texts to consciously attempt to help the student transition from "intermediate" to "advanced" it could have cornered the market had it included English explanations and translations. Perhaps omitting the English was also a financial consideration. But I am certain it would have been a much more useful book with English support. The CD material is clearly spoken, although at a pace more leisurely than usual for advanced material.Read more ›
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