- Series: Ultimate Advanced
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Living Language; 1 edition (October 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400020670
- ISBN-13: 978-1400020676
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,413,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ultimate Japanese Advanced (Book) (Ultimate Advanced) 1st Edition
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–Juergen Kempff, Ph.D., Curriculum Director, University of California-Irvine
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The audio cds enforce the proper way to speak so its very useful. What I didn't like tho, is the over usage of romaji. At an advanced level in a Japanese you should be able to read kana! They do introduce Kanji but its like in a seperate section of the book. It was a little annoying to have to go to a seperate reference section to see the actual written Japanese. I just feel to get the total experience, speaking is not enough. Reading and writing is essential! If the text was focused on being written in Kanji/Kana even the Kanji with Kana written on top like in the comic books, this would enforce the reading abilities of the student.
I listened to the "AT HOME" CDS (which are all JP dialogue) and read the English (instead of romaji) transcript simultaneously. In this way ... Ive learned by pseudo osmosis. After repeated listening one can actually understand the gist of what's being said without having to translate every single word into English. I hope this means Im thinking in Japanese now. "ON THE GO" CDS review basic grammar/ phrases/ vocabulary. I love it!!!
I'd like to learn whether he's hitting on Sato-san or vice versa.
A strange lack of kana and kanji. Other than a brief written essay in the back of the book, the kanji characters--essential for understanding spoken homonyms--are entirely absent. No other advanced level text that I have encountered (let alone intermediate) has ignored kanji practice. While writing and conversation may seem to be two separate domains of study, the high number of homophones in Japanese make an understanding of which character is being spoken utterly essential.
Unusual spellings. The authors have chosen not to represent latinized written Japanese in the usual manner, (adding a "u" after a long "o," for example, as the Japanese themselves do) but have doubled certain vowels. This vowel doubling is confusing on the page. "Arigatoo," for example, instead of "arigatou," (which corresponds precisely to the furigana characters for this word.) I also noticed instances of "-ee" used for "-ei," with the same disjuncture between the latin alphabet, and the actual corresponding hiragana phonetic characters.
On the audio lessons, the English language narrator does not correctly pronounce important components of Japanese words. The i-adjectives, for example, are referred to as "eye" adjectives, when in fact there is no such pronunciation in Japanese. This confusion seems to originate in the character "i," used to represent this vowel, which is however always pronounced "ee" in Japanese.
These problems, among others, are rendered more dangerous by the fact that an individual who plows through this tedious book will have come to grow comfortable with non-standard systems for representing Japanese in English, and will not have a firm grasp upon why certain spellings are used to accomodate particular grammar adjustments for kanji words. Reorienting themselves back into the world of serious study will be time consuming!
In summary, Living Language Japanese appears to have attempted to create a system of study in a vacuum. This book, and the accompanying cd's, do not offer any continuity with other popular Japanese language texts or systems of study. The Japan Times textbook series, the Nakama textbook series, or the Pimsleur audio series are much more effective means for anyone who is actually interested in language proficiency.
Good luck with your language study! Ganbatte Kudasai!