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November 11, 2011 1568363842 978-1568363844 3
Japanese for Busy People is the most popular Japanese language textbook series in the world. With over 20 components including texts, workbooks, CDs, videos and teacher's manuals, it is also one of the most comprehensive. Now, a decade after its first revision, the entire series has been redesigned, updated and consolidated to meet the needs of 21st-century students and businesspeople who want to learn natural, spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time. The book features not only a sleek, new design but also a unit structure that groups thematically linked lessons together, making it easier than ever to learn Japanese. Moreover, it now comes with a CD containing audio for the dialogues and listening exercises from the text. The exercises in the book have also been thoroughly revised to incorporate more comprehension and production tasks. Many of these exercises are illustrated, making for a stimulating learning experience, and the purpose of each one is clearly stated. This first of three volumes introduces "survival Japanese"-the absolute minimum amount of Japanese needed to live in Japan. Thus, the vocabulary and grammatical items it introduces are limited to about a third of what is typically introduced in a first-year course. In addition, the book features notes on Japanese culture intended to expand the learner's understanding of Japan, its customs and people. Japanese for Busy People I is available in two formats: romanized and kana. The Romanized Version uses romanized Japanese throughout, with kana in the Opening Dialogues of each lesson. The Kana Version-exposing students to hiragana and katakana from the very beginning-uses only kana.The content of the two books is otherwise exactly the same. The companion volume, Japanese for Busy People 1: The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition contains a variety of illustrated exercises for mastering the basic sentence patterns presented in the main text.

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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.

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: 10.4 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful for a TOTAL beginner. 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Place to Start March 27, 2010
By Lucca Q
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best beginner's Japanese book around July 10, 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well organized February 11, 2011
By Rosa
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Busy People Japanese July 13, 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those new to Japanese September 26, 2010
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Japanese for Busy People I: Romanized Version is a good starting point for beginners. This was a required textbook for an Introduction to Japanese Course I took and I found it's lessons very helpful. The CD included is a great way to listen to the language and test one's comprehension skills. The one drawback is the romanization. I did not know it at the time of purchase, but new students are better off purchasing the Kana version as soon as they learn Hiragana and Katakana.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
This is the updated version of the text I used in school and was purchased as a gift. Still a wonderful item to learn functional Japanese.
Published 6 hours ago by Spaz Gladney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great learning tool for beginners learning Japanese
I am using this as my text in Level 1 Japanese courses that I am currently taking and this book is a great learning tool. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Danielle Compono
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Japanese learning tool
I like the pace of this book, and the sequence is logical. I use it along with CDs by Pimsleur and an old college textbook (Nakama 1). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marveling Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for class
Using it right now in my japanese class and plan to use it for studying afterward to get better at my Japanese
Published 3 months ago by Girl0taku
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, But Not Great.
I used the kana version of this book in an introductory course. It is now ten years later, and I have finally found time to take the next course. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Harvey L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Delayed too!
Forgot about this but my daughter didn't! She enjoyed the book very much! Thank you for waiting this long to hear from us!
Published 6 months ago by K. J. Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Easiest way to learn to Japanese. Better than Nakama
I wish my University used these book instead. This book makes learning japanese easy. First off it's in Ramanji and hiragana, which means you can go through the book learning... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Smiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Teacher approved
ordered this book for a course of study. exactly what we needed as suggested by teacher for an evening course
Published 7 months ago by Sue S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking...
Okay. Read the title. Look at the picture of the business man. If you need to learn some useful Japanese phrases for work, this is the book for you. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jaws
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanaese
I loved it was great. Easy to read and I loved the cd that was attached for learning and pronuncing.
Published 9 months ago by E. Yamani
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