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Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition
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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. )
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.
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...Read more ›
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great way to supplement my Japanese learning other than in class, teaches some really helpful day to day phrases and interesting culture notesPublished 4 days ago by Alexa Amendolaro
Very good program. It's a no-holds bar approach - if you are an experienced language learner you will like this course. Read morePublished 6 days ago by John R. Durish
I have been studying Japanese for the last two years using Rosetta Stone and have purchased several supplemental teaching aids (Genki) but was drawn in by the very real application... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rene Marie Johnson
This book is the best program I've used for self-teaching Japanese. I took two years of Japanese in high school, and have since tried several programs to help me relearn what I... Read morePublished 24 days ago by yumyumcoconut
This review is for the kindle version only. The book is wonderful, the format however is terrible. It seems like just a scanned book, as if someone was bootlegging in on the net. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Nistus
I just started the journey of learning japanese and so far this book has been easy to follow and fun. The cd is very useful by the way!!!!!Published 1 month ago by Jorge
Great book! Already learning after reading the first page. Great for anyone studying Japanese at a beginner level.Published 1 month ago by HobbyGuy