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Mangajin's Basic Japanese Through Comics (Part 2) Paperback – March 1, 2000
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Manga reveal aspects of Japanese culture that cannot be understood from textbooks-- for instance, body language gestures and colloquial phrases. This book carefully explains what the characters are saying, the context of what's going on, and why they choose the phraseology they do.
To a greater degree than in Western culture, the nuances of social interaction are crucial in Japan. Although you will be afforded leeway as a gaijin (foreigner), it helps immensely to learn some of these nuances. Understanding manga is a good place to start.
Besides, then you'll fit in on the subway!
25. Body Language and Gestures (part 1)
26. Body Language and Gestures (part 2)
29. Stylized Kanji
35. Mono (part 1)
36. Mono (part 2)
37. Slang and colloquialisms (part 1)
38. Slang and colloquialisms (part 2)
39. The many faces of "face" (part 1)
40. The many faces of "face" (part 2)
46. Commands (part 1)
47. Commands (part 2)
48. Saying what you want
(Reviewed by Otto Yuen, 03-July-2007)