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Dirty Japanese: Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F*%# Off!" (Dirty Everyday Slang) Paperback – Bargain Price, April 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Dirty Everyday Slang
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; Bilingual edition (April 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569755655
  • ASIN: B00D1GCGJI
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,779,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book looks like it will make for some laughs.
Joshua L. Peterson
I'm a Japanese girl living in Japan, I read a few pages of this book and I found it very funny.
Appletree
I'd recommend these books for anyone trying to learn casual Japanese.
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146 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Appletree on November 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Well...seemingly this book has many funny Japanese words listed on it.
I'm a Japanese girl living in Japan, I read a few pages of this book and I found it very funny. However, some Japanese words/phrases in this book are not exactly correct. About 90% of them are correct, but 10 of them are not like the same as correct Japanese which Japanese's actually using. They are "Foreigner's Japanese", "Gaijin-no-Nihongo".

It's funny though, but also gives us some impression that she/he is not fluent in Japanese so much.

You know, Japanese people always say "Your Japanese is so great!" or "Sugoiiii~" when you speak a little bit of Japanese, but that doesn't really mean you are really good at speaking in Japanese. Yes, it's true when Japanese say "It's great" it is actually NOT great. But they say something like this to make people feel relieved.

It's "Honne to Tatemae", which means say some thing positively but we actually do not think it is really positive or we think it bad actually.

Anyways, I recommend to buy Japanese books which is written in Japanese authors.
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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Eichan on June 2, 2008
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I am a student of the Japanese language so I bought a copy of "Dirty Japanese" thinking it would nicely round out my education, which is mostly from staid textbooks. Well, I showed it to a bunch of my Japanese friends, and they were laughing their a**es off at the extent to which many of the phrases in the book were either inaccurate or simply dated. I admit this book is somewhat humorous to read even if you don't speak Japanese at all, but beware, you might not be learning anything useful by reading it.
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108 of 118 people found the following review helpful By M. McDonald on July 25, 2008
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I have a fairly large collection of Japanese language textbooks (many of which I've bought at Amazon over the years). Much to my surprise, I've found that I consistently use all of them and none of them collect much dust.

However, with this particular title, I've finally found a real dud among my Japanese language learning texts.

The biggest problem is the lack of an index (which pretty much means that, while some people may find the book funny to thumb through, they won't find it useful as a reference book).

The second big problem is that the author injects far too much of himself into the book. He very loudly and aggressively wants us all to know that he is the hippest person to ever walk the streets of Japan.

That, combined with his endless, jarring hip hop/street slang is very distracting and annoying (it was annoying enough almost two decades ago when the middle-class Vanilla Ice tried to convince us he came from the 'hood; it's even more annoying now).

I would also fault the author's grasp of the Japanese language. His "English" translations of a lot of phrases include many expletives that simply aren't there in the original Japanese text.

Last, but not least, is that the author doesn't seem very well informed about Japan. He informs us that Japanese cops don't carry guns (not true) and that they're the biggest jerks in the world. The fact is, if the Tokyo police were indeed "jerks" to the author, he richly deserved it (as he gleefully spends much of the book talking about all the fights and reckless trouble that he got into while in Japan). For the record, I've visited Japan and found it to the safest, most peaceful nation I've ever seen.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Cannon on November 27, 2008
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I wanted to learn some Japanese slang. I have about ten different Japanese phrasebooks and dictionaries that I use very often. [ By that, I mean daily. ] This book is NOT one of them! The author seemed like just some guy who thought he'd try to brag about going to Japan.. So that was distracting enough. But I bought this before I really knew the difference between female and male sentence-ending particles. He never explained which gender said what. Now that I know, I'm even more angry that most of it that wasn't gross was meant for men only. So, if you're a man who isn't a complete jerk, or if you're just some chick who loves the Japanese language, like me, do not get this book. The only phrases for women make us all look bad!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pietro merletti on October 31, 2007
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You read in an hour, never forget what you read and laugh a lot.
Beware of not using what you learn with your sensei.
Even you aren't the fond-of dirty talking guy you will appreciate the best travelbook I have ever read
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By z0nked on May 10, 2007
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"Dirty Japanese" is hilarious! It covers a WIDE array of slang topics in such a tiny book; some chapters are tame while others are so explicit like 'Horny Japanese' that I was embarrassed to actually say some of the phrases. It's a fun, quick read with up-to-date Japanese slang. I had previously bought 'Making out in Japanese' and found the Japanese outdated and the phrases lacking. I really recommend "Dirty Japanese" to anyone that wants a great, comprehensive - and of course DIRTY - Japanese slang guide.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Devin on June 27, 2007
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I have often pointed out the importance of letting the locals know I bothered trying to learn something of their language when I visit - even if I know English is widely spoken. I will usually memorize a few of the essentials phrases and courtesies and then pull my trusty crash course language pamphlet and shamelessly plow ahead. I have butchered many a thank you and salutation. Fortunately, what I lack in language skills I make up for in polite sheepishness and hopeful confusion peppered with my genuine joy of traveling. Most people find my attempts endearing or don't mind because it is obvious that I am really trying. Still language is not my forte.

Over the years, I have amassed a tall pile of foreign language dictionaries and quickie guides: Easy German, French in 20 easy lessons, Instant Swahili. I have them all. So when I saw Dirty Japanese I couldn't resist the prospect of, well, dirty Japanese. While my days of speaking outrageously have naturally curbed over the years, the curiosity may never leave.

Dirty Japanese is a quick and lean read filled with a wide variety of slang set in a variety of situations, which surprisingly is much more than a lump of generic dictionary definitions all bound together. It offers the writer's insights into practical Japanese culture using humor and keen observation. This book made me laugh out loud and reminisce longingly about my own experiences in Japan. I need to go back!

While I can't really fathom diving into this book and practicing the time-honored tradition of learning only the dirty words of any language for its own sake, I can attest to the commentary by author Fargo as entertaining and worth perusal. Moreover, I have a few Japanese friends and will be trying out my `new' language essentials.
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