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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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  • 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: #8,497,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Go to "youtube" and search "japanese 30 hours". A young lady with a voice to melt your heart has recorded 28 of these lessons. She reads them and intersperses her own comments and a wry sense to humor into some of them.

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.
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This book is amazing!! After the first lesson you can already form sentences in Japanese on your own! It's not a just bunch of memorization, and it makes you feel more confident in the language. I'm about halfway through it, and it's been fantastic. I recently started using Pimsleur Japanese along with it, and I feel confident enough to go out and speak to the locals in Japanese. However, I'm not quick enough yet at recalling everything on the spot, but I'm learning quickly and don't feel as lost as I did just a few months ago. It really is a fantastic series. Definitely worth buying!
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This is a fun little book. While it requires you to learn some vocabulary on your own, for being able to quickly learn phrases and speak them, this book is fantastic. Some of it is dated grammar wise, but with a more modern source, an audio source, and this book, you should be well covered on learning to speak fluidly--though fluent might take a little longer.
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I have been studying Japanese for many years, and use the highly acclaimed grammar books by Makino and Tsutsui. Still, I find myself going back to this book for very general concepts like:
- 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.
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By customer007 on September 26, 2010
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Great Book

Pros:
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

Cons:
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.
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