- Series: Japanese for Busy People Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International; 3 edition (November 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568363850
- ISBN-13: 978-1568363851
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 169 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese for Busy People I: Kana Version (Japanese for Busy People Series) 3rd Edition
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The Association of Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT) was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists in Japanese but who wish to communicate effectively. The AJALT was recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Ministry of Education in 1977.
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The book is a great size. Not too big nor small. I guess that doesn't matter too much when reviewing a book, but as a college student who doesn't want her bag too heavy or too full, I like the size.
The book is easy to navigate, and I like the way and the order they present the learning material. There's nothing I dislike about this book at all. And the price? Definitely affordable.
There's also a romanized version for those who can't read Kanji yet. I have the Kana version myself, and prefer that one. But it's great that this also comes in Romanji, as everyone learning is at different levels and some would benefit more from that version.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's learning or refreshing themselves on the language of Japanese. Even if it's not required for class, this book makes both a good learning tool and a quick reference.
I highly recommend the kana version, again for both new students and review. It will take practice and a kana learning book for self-starters, but that's true even in a classroom setting -- you'll be forced to learn kana very quickly and it's mostly a routine exercise of practice.
JFBP excels for self-learners for three reasons: (1) the content is deliberately reduced to cover only what's required; it has much, much less vocabulary than a typical college text such as Genki. (2) the situations are more focused on adult learners and business travelers (e.g., business introductions, going to restaurants, shopping) and not those of younger people (movies, home visits). (3) the books are very affordable and are in a semi-workbook format instead of a text.
The only limitation is that the audio materials are skimpy; it would be nice to have many hours of extended dialog and practice instead of just a couple hours of minimal dialog and vocabulary. Japanese Pod 101 or similar audio podcasts might help supplement that (and are certainly not enough on their own to learn well).
I have the 2nd edition as well, and highly prefer the 3rd edition. The lessons flow much better and it is much more modern in the general presentation style; it's highly worth the moderate cost to get the new version.
Good luck! Ganbatte kudasai!
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