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Japanese for Everyone: A Functional Approach to Daily Communication Paperback – May 15, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0870408533 ISBN-10: 0870408534 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gakken Co. (May 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870408534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870408533
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

That said, this book jumps right into Japanese, and assumes you will *work* to learn the language.
David C. Johnson
So I only recommend this book for someone who has a good japanese background and doesn't mind hunting around for things.
Luthe
I think that persons interested in learning Japanese that have no prior instruction would find it a great resource.
"ramen_freak"

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "ramen_freak" on February 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a third generation Japanese-American, my parents thought it'd be good for me--in conjunction with my Monday through Friday public, American schooling-- to supplement my education with some Saturday Japanese classes as well. So every Saturday for two years, I went to Japanese school. That was almost twenty years ago, and I hardly remember a thing.
Now that I'm older and appreciate the value of learning about my heritage (including the language), I was driven to purchase this book. Partly: a) as a refresher course and b) partly as new instruction.
After purchasing other books in the past, and some of those, "speak Japanese" CD's. This is the only book I've found that includes romaji, hiragana, katakana and some kanji. It's clearly laid-out, has a fantastic dictionary and reference charts in the front and back of the book. I think that persons interested in learning Japanese that have no prior instruction would find it a great resource.
There is a MAJOR problem with this book being sold on ... though: throughout the book, they make mention of "listening to the tapes". Being that ... doesn't sell the tapes (in fact, no one does. I had to special order them from the publisher directly in Japan), I've been finding it very difficult to make it through the lessons.
I think that ... should somehow acquire the tapes to sell in conjunction with the book, or you should hire someone who's fluent in Japanese to help you!
All in all, it's a great book, and I'm looking forward to getting my tapes from the publisher in about a month.
Shame on ... for not catching this problem!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
First, to sum it up... "Japanese for Everyone" is the best Japanese tutorial book that I have encountered so far. Yes, I do feel strongly about this, which is the reason I am writing this review, partly to express my many thanks to Nagara-san for his effort and also to let others interested in learning the language find the perfect study companion. That being said, let me elaborate... The book starts with the basics but it wastes no time. It immediately introduces the writing system, which I feel is an integral part of learning Japanese. Each chapter is part of a related set of stories which follow the life of a couple (their hobbies, social interactions, work, etc...) from the moment they arrive in Japan. There are 27 chapters and they are clearly laid out in a very readable format. Each has one or more dialogue/story sections followed a vocabulary section and separate "Function" sections discussing the idiosyncransies of the grammar used in the dialog passages with lots of examples. Later the dialogue is also presented in English, but you are encouraged to comprehend it without referring to it. The chapters then contain more "Function" sections with separate "Grammar notes" and exercises with smaller vocabulary sections as needed, plus a separate reading comprehension and a listening comprehension section at the end. The stories and the related material radiates a very warm and friendly atmosphere which makes learning a lot of fun. There are a lot of pictures related to the stories and the exercises but they are by no means fluffing up the book but rather they are very useful and are an integral part of the chapters as study aid.Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David C. Johnson on January 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
Ok, first of all, you *must* learn hiragana & katakana to use this book. I recommend getting James Heisig's book on learning both.
That said, this book jumps right into Japanese, and assumes you will *work* to learn the language. Each chapter, assuming you do the exercises will take several days. But they are well worth it.
One great thing this book does is use realistic Japanese conversational structures. Most books use convoluted (to the japanese ear) but educational (to the learner) sentences. This book always presents a "typical" japanese construct (as well as the more educational styles).
One disappointing thing with this book is that I have not been able to locate the tapes that go with it. Other than that, this is a great book to learn japanese with (tho you have to be willing to work hard!)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By takosuke on August 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
Well...I had to learn japanese all by myself, and after going through other books (teach yourself japanese, japanese for busy people...) without success, I was amazed that this book expanded my command of japanese with little effort!I can't explain it but it makes japanese an easier languaje, not because it leaves you midway like other books, but because it's a joy to learn with it
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been studying Japanese for about two years now, give or take, and have read many books on the subject in an attempt to figure out which were the best for learning. It is impossible to find one single book that will singlehandedly help you master Japanese, but this is a great starting place.
The book begins with a brief explanation of pronounciation and so on, just like every book, but for there on out it is fairly unique. It dumps you into kana (the syllabic Japanese writing systems) right off the bat, and romaji (romanizations of the kana text) are displayed only for the first three lessons or so.
This book eases you into kanji as well, displaying pronounciations for each as they are introduced. I think their method of slowly integrating the more complex characters into your reading is absolutely brilliant, and pulled off extremely well.
The story revolves around a young businessman and his wife travelling to Japan to live and work, and this, in a way, makes the lesson dialogues easier to relate to. Unlike some books, this text does not demand rote memorization of the dialogues and lesson vocabulary; rather, you simple start to remember them as you do exercises regarding the use of new words and terms from the lesson. That is not to say you will never need to just resolve to memorize something--this is the only real way to build your vocabulary skills. But the exercises are "user-friendly" and help a great deal.
In addition, the back of this book contains the audio tape scripts for the listening exercises for those of us who don't have the tapes, a rare treat indeed. Certainly, no listening comprehension is helped then, but it is better than nothing.
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