- Series: Japanese for Busy People Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International; 3 edition (November 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568363842
- ISBN-13: 978-1568363844
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese for Busy People I: Romanized 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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I have chosen to disregard the CD because it is frustrating and of no help what so ever.
It comes with a CD which you use along with the exercises in the book within each lesson chapter.
This is the Romaji version but if you know Kana (hiragana and katakana) there is that version as well.
In the German text, two American exchange students are living with a German family, for a year. In each chapter, they have a new experience that teaches them about German culture and geography. They hear anecdotes from their hosts, and discuss their observations with each other. The vocabulary is alphabetized for each chapter, and verbs are fully conjugated, even though all of the forms are not used immediately.
In the Japanese text, there is no on-going story, just an opening passage, for example, in which someone invites someone else to a movie, or says that he is going on a business trip, which will involve a few stops. I would have liked a travelogue, or a history of the samurai wars, or visits to a tea ceremony or a shrine, etc. The vocabulary is not alphabetized, and we students are rather observers, than participants in the stories. Because verbs are not fully conjugated in one place, one is forced to flip back and forth, as new forms appear. I have also listened to some Pimsleur language tapes, while driving, or walking around, and it seems to me that the Japanese for Busy People book would be much improved if it had more (and similar) audio with slower, "repeat after me" interactions, and discussions of what was in the chapters.