- Hardcover: 244 pages
- Publisher: The Hokuseido Press; Revised edition (1951)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0007J31DM
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,288,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese in thirty hours;: First course in Japanese language for either class room use or for self study. Systematized direct method Hardcover – 1951
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The book is a clear and well paced introduction to Japanese grammar. Her readings also bring it to life and let you practice hearing the language also.
- distinction between desu, arimasu, and imasu
- use of I and na adjectives, their use with desu and arimasu, their endings, and their adverbial usage
- use of oo ending for something equivalent to subjunctive
- use of all verb endings
Also, if I ever expect that I will be in a position of speaking Japanese, I would immediately go to this book for a quick refresher of the spoken language.
The main usage I see as obsolete in this book is the use of the i adjective in okiku arimasu. Modern texts use plain oki or oki desu.
1. Brief, to the point explanations
2. Focuses more on grammar and language structure, adds words to you vocabulary as you go, so your basics are strong
3. Short chapters and well organized content
1. Can't be done in 30 hours- no way. But that is to be expected, isn't it?
2. There are some times you feel the need for a real instructor
3. Like all learning books, this should be in electronic format- easy to search, cross reference, etc.