- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha USA; 1 edition (June 30, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770023022
- ISBN-13: 978-4770023025
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese 1st Edition
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About the Author
GILES MURRAY lives in Tokyo, where he works as a bilingual advertising copywriter, translator, editor, and publisher. He is the author of Instant Business Japanese and also appears as Jeremy Hilditch in the Japanese for Busy People: The Video series. His personal website is at www.speaking-japanese.com.
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The "secrets" are all fairly useful, but they are not quick solutions or shortcuts. Each secret requires effort and study. Some of the solutions are simple, like "Read Manga in Japanese," whereas others are more complicated like the idea of using synonyms when you can not remember the exact word. (Such as: "I feel like a train ran over my head" rather than "I feel hung over.")
All in all, this book makes is a good addition to formal Japanese language learning. Just don't expect to buy it and have everything suddenly "click."
The style of this book is relaxed enough that it can simply be read for entertainments sake because of the games, and stories within. I really like how Murray doesnt take himself too seriously in his writing, which makes the information just that much more accessible, and therefore useable. The advice on katakana words is priceless... i completely agree, thats its a mistake to conciously avoid hundreds to thousands of vocabulary items we already know, because we THINK its not REAL japanese... who made us the language police (unless you're in France, then its understandable). The reality is that if actual real live Japanese people can understand it... thats good enough.
He even made me think twice about a couple of my own study habits... personally, im not a fan of anime, manga, etc... if you like it, thats fine, its just not for me personally...but i will admit that Murray makes a great argument for reading manga as a study aid... actually made better in the chapter about sleezy romance novels.. but the point still applies... that it doesnt matter if we really like it... but that we can learn some useable japanese from the process. Great Book... definately worth a look if you're a student of any language, and a must own for beginning students of japanese.