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Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Japanese Edition) [Paperback]

George Trombley , Yukari Takenaka
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May 1, 2006 0976998122 978-0976998129
Japanese From Zero! is an innovative and integrated approach to learning Japanese developed by professional Japanese interpreter George Trombley and co-writer Yukari Takenaka. The lessons and techniques used in this series have been taught successfully for over ten years in classrooms throughout the world. Using up-to-date and easy-to-grasp grammar, Japanese From Zero! is the perfect course for current students of Japanese as well as absolute beginners. In Book 1 of the Japanese From Zero! series, readers are taught new grammar concepts, over 800 new words and expressions, and also learn the hiragana writing system. Features of Book 1: * Integrated Workbook with Answer Key * Over 800 New Words and Expressions * Learn to Read and Write Hiragana * Easy-to-Understand Example Dialogues * Culture Points about Japan * Bilingual Glossaries with Kana and Romaji ...and much more!

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About the Author

George Trombley is a professional Japanese interpreter who over the past 16 years has interpreted at corporations such as Microsoft, IBM, NTT DoCoMo, Lucent Technologies, and in countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: YesJapan Corporation (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 0976998122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976998129
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. August 13, 2006
By ne0nex
This book has proven to be one of the better investments in my self-study of the Japanese language to date. The approach is informative, but friendly. The exercises will challenge you, while the lessons keep you thoroughly engaged. Their teaching method strives to get the student fluent, and not just repeating a set list of phrases that would be hard to deviate from. The book also includes an innovative approach to learning all of the Hiragana by book's end. And trust me, if you get this book, and follow it through to completion, you WILL know all of the hiragana by the time you're done. The extra bits, like the "Japan in Pictures" segment, or the "Culture Clips", and even the apendecies including "Common last names in Japan" will keep the reader interested in the study of the language, for those times when you need to take a little break from it. Even the Japanese Proverb on the front cover can be incredibly motivational for when learning the language seems to be a bit much. Very good book, would highly recommend for both people totally new to learning the language, as well as those of us who studied it a bit in the past and found ourselves falling out of it. A small number of typographical errors earns this book a four out of five.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
By Boukili
I've bought all three books from the series " Japanese from Zero " and all i can say is that if you're serious about learning japanese, that's a really friendly and motivating approach to the language basics.

None of the boring vocabulary that may be found in some manuals like Minna no Nihongo where you learn how to say " I want to send this package to australia with 2 stamps, how much will the taxes be ? " before even knowing how to express your opinion...

In "japanese from zero", all of the grammatical points and vocabulary are nicely selected and ordered, plus the activities don't make you run away everytime you open the book... they're quite entertaining and can be quite challenging at times.

Also as opposed to Minna no nihongo, when you learn a new verb, they tell you HOW TO USE IT... i was clueless at times how and when i was supposed to use a verb over the other ( Kaeru VS Modoru in mind...)in these books, everything is clearly explained without using all these hellish grammatical terms you can find in other manuals...

All in all, what you have here is a wonderful tool for complete beginners... the road to fluency is a long one, consider this book as the meaningful first step.

( PS : Thanks to all of the YesJapan team members for all their work and their positive attitude. )
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for spoken OR written japanese. May 23, 2007
This book series is great and the title for it is very appropriate. We all start from Zero. These books have everything you'd expect from a beginners reference for any language, but what I think sets this series apart is the presentation. It's just SO USER FRIENDLY. The info is delivered in an informative but casual way and the english isn't straight out of an english textbook. I own several japanese "how to" books and a few of them are so thick with grammar lingo that you need a dictionary to figure out the english!! What the heck is a gerund anyway? Plus the Culture Clips give really fun and insightful tidbits into everyday japanese things.

I have to disagree with one of the reviewers that said this book was only good if your focus was on written japanese. First of all it's: JAPANESE FROM ZERO. Not: LEARN TO SPEAK JAPANESE! Japanese uses different written characters. It's logical that a japanese course should want to teach you to read and write as well as speak. Secondly the Hiragana introduced in this book are taught progressively throughout the book. Thirdly, though it's obvious that the books writers want you to learn to read and write the focus is clearly on conversational Japanese. You wont be breezing through any manga or even children's books after getting through Vol. 1 but you could definitely hold an elementary conversation or impress your friends by ordering the next time you get sushi.

My only real complaint about JFZ1 is that it doesn't include a CD. I think this would be incredibly helpful in understanding the phonics of the language. Thankfully Japanese is very basic phonetically but a total beginner wouldn't know that and might want a CD. This lack is the only thing that kept me from giving the product 5 stars though so if you're interested is jumping into Japanese language learning this is probably the best you can do outside of a classroom.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an AWESOME Way to Begin Learning Japanese!!! June 6, 2009
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I love Japanese From Zero!

JFZ is a good place to start learning, especially if you have no prior knowledge of Japanese and you cannot read or write any of the language (this includes anyone who is currently using romaji). This first book walks you through learning hiragana. By the time you get done with this book, you will know your hiragana front, back and sideways. You may even dream in hiragana. That's how good it is at reinforcing hiragana for you.

The information is NOT presented in an overwhelming manner as it can be in a lot of other text books. The lessons are short, which makes it ideal for learning on your own, and being able to pace yourself. You can learn 1 lesson per week or 1 lesson per day. It's totally up to you. The book presents lessons with usable examples. By the time you complete lesson 5, you will know how to say hello, tell someone things that you like or don't like, be able to count, ask who someone is, what things are, ask someone what something is in English, and tell someone what one you want or don't want. You'll learn colors, some animals, etc. So you can say "I have an orange cat named Garfield." "I like to go shopping" "Japanese food is delicious" "That doesn't taste good" "My car is a purple and white Honda" "Sachiko and Toshiyo are my friends" etc lol And that's not even 1/4 the way into the book!!! They present information in a way that allows you to be able to insert whatever you want, instead of using very rigid sentences that can't be altered much. You begin thinking of all the things that you CAN say, which I think is pretty neat.

You, of course, learn more as you progress through the series. It's more of a "what you need to know, when you need to know it" kind of book...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous!!
I absolutely love this book series. I spent a year living and working in Japan and these books really helped me out. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Daria Janeen Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
yet another great learning book. cant wait to get the rest of the set.
Published 9 days ago by margaret winfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start
This book (and this series) is intended, I think, as only a first step towards learning the Japanese language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happily_Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Easy Learning.
My high school and current college never offered Japanese so I figured I would buy this book to learn it myself and I am happy I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emily
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for an intro to the Genki series, but...
I've purchased a good 10 or so Japanese textbooks in the last thirty days to help me learn Japanese as fast as possible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent book!
I've tried to learn Japanese three years ago, but I gave up. I thought it was so difficult and I felt that I would never be able to read, write, and memorize the Japanese alphabet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Priscila Maruo
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good tool
What can I say! I really feel I am learning Japanese very fast by using this book. The best thing it impulses me to carry on the learning! Read more
Published 1 month ago by María Paz Sánchez Chavarría
5.0 out of 5 stars Granddaughter loved the book Japanese from Zero!1
My 12 year old granddaughter loved this book. Said perfect for her school study.She found it easy to read and understand.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
As someone who is just starting out learning Japanese as a self-study I cannot praise this book enough. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sasha
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy!
Came in the mail perfectly! I haven't gotten very far in the book yet but it's been really nice so far ^^ and they also have a website that helps out too! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alyssa
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