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Japanese, The Spoken Language: Part 3 (Yale Language Series) (Pt.3) Paperback – September 10, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0300041910 ISBN-10: 0300041918 Edition: Part 3

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  • Series: Yale Language Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Part 3 edition (September 10, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300041918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300041910
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's all in romanji, which in case you didn't know, isn't used in Japan.
C. Luckenbach
It's definitely not a textbook that is completely accurate (it's outdated), so you definitely need a teacher to help teach/practice the material.
Tiffany Ho
Cons: Too much unecessary information about the conversations sometimes, and... the vacbularies and book itself could be more organized.
Truc Nguyen

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A reader on January 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Such a simple little word "doumo". Yet when I came to Japan 13 and a bit years ago it started to bug me. Why? Well becasue I knew that it meant "thank you"- everyone knows that right?

But the strange thing was that as my ears became more attuned to what people around me were saying, I realized that they were using "doumo" in sometimes very strange ways. When they greeted one another or parted for example. So I thought- well maybe they just use "thank-you" somewhat more broadly than we do in English. But then you hear things like "doumo henn" and "doumo omoshiroi". What on Earth is that all about? So I went to the bookshops and checked every Japanese text I could find and all agreed that "doumo" means thank-you. Seems everyone knew that except for the Japanese.

Some time later I chanced upon a copy of JSL and, never having seen it before, looked to see what it had to say about "doumo". Lo and behold- there it was. A simple account that explained all the seemingly disconected uses of "doumo" that I had heard.

The series provides plenty of other similarly insightful accounts of Japanese usage that assist with the process of learning to manipulate the language at a fine-grained level.

It gets four stars instead of 5 as there is a lack of practice with extended sequences and the recording quality of the tapes is poor.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By a_motivated_learner on January 29, 2006
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As a student taking Japanese in a well-known University that uses the JSL series in its Spoken Language track, this book has become my CRUCH in speaking Japanese. It uses conversations as models to learn from, drills to teach you ways to utilize your new vocabulary and grammar tools, a listening section and translation section (unfortunately without an answer key). The most helpful aspect of the book though are the in-depth grammar explanations; they really help you internalize the meanings and usages of honorifics, conjugations, special words and compounds, speech styles (careful/casual, direct/distal, gentle/blunt...) and so forth. The idea is to help you learn to create these sentences yourself, to the point where it seems natural (although this ideal cannot be achieved without an extended stay in Japan), or at least to the point where you will know the right thing to say in certain social contexts.

While the grammar explanations are stellar and offer students a chance to construct new sentences through logic (a very linguistical approach to language-learning), I have found some problems with the series:

1) It's all in romaaji. Let's face it. When you go to Japan, almost everything will be in evil but beautiful scribbles called 'kanji' -- even with JWL - the written language accompaniment - you won't even have the reading capability of a 1st grader.

2) You NEED a GOOD teacher to help you through the series. I did the entire third book myself (by far the most difficult) and I didn't learn it nearly as well as I learned the previous lessons.

3) The slow but exponential learning curve. Things won't "click" until you're more than half-way through the series.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2000
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At this level of study not having kana and kanji is an absurd blunder. The only way to get the non-romanized versions of the text is to buy a very ugly teacher's edition of the core conversations and drills, which themselves become a bit too much like brute memorization here.
This book is great for polishing your knowledge and tiny grammar subtleties, but something extra is needed in order to prepare yourself for making your own sentances, not ones you memorize from a book. (This could be provided by say, a teacher)
So in this sense, a book more geared towards self-learning and adaptation would be the second half of the Yookoso series, Yookoso: A Continuation of Contemporary Japanese. This book is JSL2,3 and JWL2+more combined into one.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Luckenbach on April 20, 2010
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I have been using the Japanese Spoken Language books for about two years now at my college using 1st, 2nd, and 3rd parts of the series. I'll start with some positives and go on to why I gave this book a low score.

The book is overall good for grammar. It gives a thorough explanation of particles and usage of words. It provides `everyday' conversations and clarifies the usage of such things as particles, nominals, ect. However, I will indicate now, that unless you are quite good at understanding some advanced English language structure terms (such as predicate, adjectival, verbal ect.), this book will be a bit difficult to understand, at least quickly. Otherwise, the explanations of Japanese sentence structure are very thorough in letting you know all the rules to constructing your own Japanese sentence. It also provides a variety drills, exercises, and even "check up" questions to make sure you understand the grammar.

Now onto the bad stuff and this will be lengthy. First, the book was actually written in the 60's. The author, in fact, died a year ago at the age of 88. This book was republished in 1990, as you can see, but the words and even a majority of the sentences are EXTREMELY outdated (I think 1990 is still too old). Many of my Japanese friends indicate that when I talk in Japanese I sound like their grandmother. So, if you want to sound like you're a 70-year-old grandmother; then this book is for you. Next, this book contains absolutely NO writing like hiragana, katakana, and kanji. It's all in romanji, which in case you didn't know, isn't used in Japan. Thus, the "Spoken Language" part of the title. You'll have to get the "Japanese Written Language" by Jorden and Noda as a supplement (which doesn't follow the lessons in the Spoken Language so it gets confusing).
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