- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Teach Yourself (25 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444103946
- ISBN-13: 978-1444103946
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Complete Japanese: Teach Yourself Paperback – 25 Jun 2010
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This is undoubtedly an excellent course to consider if you really want to communicate properly in a language beyond simple holiday words and phrases...it will get you results...and all at a very reasonable price. (Real Travel)
The best-selling complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Japanese.
This ISBN is for the paperback book. The corresponding audio support (ISBN: 9781444103960) is also available. The book and audio support can also be purchased as a pack (ISBN: 9781444103953).
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Teach Yourself Japanese is what I would describe as a traditional approach to language training - the gradual introduction of new vocabulary and grammar through various scenarios (shopping, asking directions) which give you a basic foundation in Part 1; and the development of more sophisticated structures and techniques in Part 2. This works very well for me as my own learning style is to want to understand the grammar thoroughly so I can develop my own use, rather than just memorise a selection of phrases without understanding what's behind their structure.
I find the explanations thorough, consistent and easy to follow, and they build naturally. Grammar and vocabularly is thoroughly exercised so you can check your understanding before moving on to the next stage. I'd contrast this with the JFZ approach which I found a bit superficial, not always clear and sometimes out of sequence. The audio component is good as well, including reading passages, vocabularly, and exercise drills. Having audio support is essential for the development and checking of correct pronunciation, so it's good that the book and the CDs are in synchrony.
The one drawback for me is that it defaults to romaji (Romanised script). Although it does develop kana and kanji, they're set out separately from the rest of the units in stand-alone sections.Read more ›
According to the European Framework, someone at the B2 level must be able to read and write "complex texts." You cannot read and write anything in Japanese with only a few kanji and the kanas. You will NOT, for example be able to read magazines, newspapers or even children's books after completing this course.
Also, according to the international JLPT standards (administered by the Japanese Ministry of Education), to achieve intermediate level you need to know and be able to use all the 1945 kanji every school child knows in Japan, and you need to understand and be able to use several thousand words. So clearly this book is over estimating the level to which you will progress to using this book - but hey it's a great marketing tool.
The dialogues are very short and filled with English explanations. I had to rip the CD and edit out all the english. That left only about an hours worth of Japanese dialogue left, not nearly enough exposure to get someone to intermediate level. At the back of the book it even suggests you follow up this text with Japanese for Busy People 2. JfBP2 only takes you to advanced beginner, maybe lower intermediate, so again, as they are recommending this book as a follow on study text, the Teach Yourself must finish at the middle beginner level, and that would be about right in my opinion.Read more ›
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It is true. It teaches you to a good level, enough for a trip to Japan! Audio great, teaching strategies very effectivePublished 21 months ago by Jessica
Seriously? When the CD dosnt follow the book?... yeah sadly no chance for anyone to learn then really :< sorryPublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by Cookie