- Series: Japanese for Busy People Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International; 3rd edition (December 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770030096
- ISBN-13: 978-4770030092
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese for Busy People I: Kana Version includes CD (Japanese for Busy People Series) (Bk. 1) 3rd Edition
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About the Author
THE ASSOCIATION FOR JAPANESE-LANGUATE TEACHING (AJALT) has been recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Ministry of Education since 1997. It was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists on Japan but who wish to communicate effectively in Japanese. In 1992 the Association was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize.
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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!
I have now been using this text for 10 months and am just about done with it. Many of my initial observations still stand: exercises are not very challenging, grammar explanation is rather brief and not very in-depth, and the lack of kanji is a real drawback. You'll find you need to supplement this text with others for additional grammar and some kanji. Also, some of the grammar could be better taught. When learning the -Te form for verbs, this book presents the reader with a short list and says "memorize these", while nowhere are the rules on how they are formed. Verbs are presented already conjugated into the -masu form, with no mention of the originating dictionary form, so consequently students would be unable to conjugate new verbs into the -masu form, let alone even find the known verbs in their dictionaries. Also, it takes about 1/2 of the book before you actually get into using verbs other than "to be". So, for those who are willing to study every day and want to be challenged, this book disappoints. For those who don't have the time to study, this book will not overload you too much.
I recommend retyping the sentences taught in the book and then finding the correct kanji and then writing them in to the book to help you at least build a basic memory of what they look like. Use Anki to do flashcard tests of the kanji and sentences.
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I was looking for a book like this that is without 'Romaji' readings.Read more