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Japanese for Busy People I: Romanized Version 1 CD attached Paperback – November 11, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1568363844 ISBN-10: 1568363842 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Japanese for Busy People (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; 3 edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568363842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568363844
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Association of Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT) was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists in Japanese but who wish to communicate effectively. The AJALT was recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Ministry of Education in 1977.

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This book makes learning japanese easy.
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I recommend it to anyone beginning their studies in the Japanese Language.
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P.S. I recommend the Romanized version over the Kana version.
Fabrice L

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DynomiteWins VINE VOICE on September 11, 2008
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I think this book does a great job working with the business oriented very basic beginner. For my intents & purposes this book is fantastic - at this point, I'm not looking to have an in depth understanding of the language, I'm looking to be able to communicate just enough with Japanese speaking individuals. The book jumps right in with sentences and useful business phrases written in romaji (romanized writing of Japanese sounds/words) so that learning, understanding and speaking these phrases can begin immediately without having to learn the new alphabet. At this time, I am "illiterate" when it comes to Japanese (Kanji/Hiragana) but I can say enough phrases to get my point across. Should I desire to be able to read, write or better communicate, I would probably suggest a book that deals more thoroughly with the Japanese characters.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fabrice L on July 10, 2010
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I can't give this book - the whole series in fact - enough stars. It is truly outstanding, and was a lifesaver when I lived in Japan.

First, some context: I've studied Japanese and Chinese at Harvard, Yale & Princeton, so I've seen quite a few methodologies for teaching East Asian languages. My verdict is that "Japanese for Busy People" is by far the BEST AND MOST ENJOYABLE.

It's the best methodology, because it tries really hard to introduce grammar and vocab at a manageable pace, and in a practical context. I found it ideal for self-study - very clear explanations, in just the right amount of detail. Whenever I would study a lesson, I would end up using what I'd learnt within a few days, sometimes a few hours! Most other methodologies (for example Nakama 1 & 2) are very overwhelming - they rely on rote memorization and try to force feed every grammatical detail, so much that nothing "sticks".

It's also the most enjoyeable methodology, which is VERY IMPORTANT because you want a book that you're going to WANT to pick up during your free time. The enjoyment comes from the excellent presentation, clear explanations, relevant subject-matter, as well as the CD. I found myself listening to the lessons on my iPod when I was walking on the street, and opening the book whenever I had 5 minutes in the subway. I was amazed at how quickly I was learning.

All in all, I've never found an easier methodology that gave me so quickly a smattering of "fluency" with only a beginner's range of vocab and grammar. The only caveat is that you really need to get to book 2 to dive into the grammar.

P.S. I recommend the Romanized version over the Kana version. Wait till book 2 to tackle the Japanese alphabet.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lucca Q on March 27, 2010
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The best all around series for serious at home learners. This book will teach you the very basics. It does not get very in depth about grammar and such. However, if you are just beginning and have little to no Japanese language experience this will get your feet wet and leave you with a basic understanding of the language and the ability to speak and understand some basics as well.

I was very ambitious, as I want to really learn the language well, and tried some of the larger more in-depth texts. For at home learning they were simply overwhelming. After completing this series I am now going back to them for more advanced study and they are much easier to understand and use now.

I recommend for the serious learner to also use Japanese for Busy People I: Workbook; includes CD (Bk. 1) and Japanese for Busy People: Kana Workbook Incl. 1 CD (This teaches you to read and write Hiragana and Katakana) if you are willing to spend the extra money also get Japanese for Busy People I: Kana Version includes CD (Japanese for Busy People Series) (Bk. 1) (This has the same content as the Romanized text book, but written in Kana) which will reinforce the your Kana skills but you will not be able to use it until you have begun to learn Kana first.

If you wish to continue with the series, as I highly recommend, you MUST learn Kana as
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosa on February 11, 2011
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The romanized version may be helpful now, but you'll want to stop relying on your "normal" alphabet and really learn Japanese at some point. This is very good for just starting out and is very nice for reviews and brushing up again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr Adam Weiss VINE VOICE on July 13, 2009
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I picked up this book in college as required text book for class. Listening to the CD will help the reader through un familiar sounding phrases and greetings. Used separately the book will help a beginner practice sounding out words in the most typical everyday lifestyle from asking directions to buying stamps at the post office, to counting items in an department store.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Japanese Culture learner on June 26, 2009
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I was a little hesitant at the begining, because I did not see kanji or a lot of japanese characters, but decided to buy the book with the CD anyway. I have been following the book in partnership with a friend from Japan over the internet who has the same book, and is working very well for me. We have only about 30 minutes sessions 4 or 5 times a week and I can easily read and do the excercises on my own after the online sessions. I recommend the book for somebody who wants to get the basics. This is not an advanced training but it will give you the essentials to start communicating in japanese.
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