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First 1000 Words: Japanese (First Thousand Words Mini) [Paperback]

Heather Amery
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27 Sep 2002 First Thousand Words Mini
This book has large, busy pictures for looki ng and talking, surrounded by small, labelled pictures of 10 00 of the most familiar things, to build up the reader''s Jap anese vocabulary. This is backed up by a full alphabetical w ord list. '
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (27 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746052499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746052495
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 12.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun way to learn simple words! 19 Sep 2000
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Certainly not a book for advanced students of Japanese, but quite fun for beginners, even for those (much) older than the suggested age. The book is well thought out, with words taken from everyday use. The dictionary at the back of the book with all the presented words is quite helpful, especially for those (very few) pictures that can have several meanings. I especially appreciated the use of kana and romanji for each word. The art work is in the classical childrens book style: cute and practical.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough 3 Jan 2008
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The proofreading of the kana is non-existent. E.g. on page 7, there's a duster labelled as a washing machine. On page 8, a snail is labelled as a kettle and a sprinkler is labelled a dustbin. I could go on....

The scenes depicted aren't well suited for teaching a non-European language. E.g. on page 5 there's a duvet ("kakebuton" = "kake" + "futon") and a bed ("beddo"), but no futon. What would you think of a book of English vocabulary that had the words "futon" and "bedspread", but not "bed"?

The artwork is pretty good, and the pictures are fun to look at.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good vocabulary source for children 8 Jan 2000
Brilliantly illustrated and thoughtfully compiled, this book is ideal for children of any age who are learning to speak Japanese. A good list of verbs and adjectives, along with vocabulary on just about everything a child would want to say makes this book a bargain! Lets hope Usbourne follow this up and make a second book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Slightly Fewer Than 1000? 16 April 2008
By Godot
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I like the series and I'm not at all sorry that I bought the book. However ... an earlier reviewer has already referred to the poor proof reading. Now I am an almost complete beginner in Japanese, but it wasn't ten minutes before I started finding lots of mistakes. It would be silly to list them, but sometimes labels are quite wrong; in one case two pictures side-by-side have been given the same caption by mistake. You might take the view that a dozen or so mistakes in a thousand is not too bad a failure rate. You might, on the other hand, like to look at Marlene Goodman's 'Let's Learn Japanese Picture Dictionary' which has the same format. I've not yet received my copy of that (so can't vouch for its accuracy) but I understand that it also gives the kanji. You may find that useful.

If you are completely new to the series, it is perhaps also worth saying that of course simple children's-story-book pictures do not in themselves make the language any easier. There is a trade-off: some people will find that the 'everything you can see here on the farm' approach is not a good way to learn ... it's obviously not at all systematic. Against that, lots of reviews (elsewhere) suggest that it works well for young children. It's cheap, cheerful, good fun - a way of adding vocabulary - worth buying, I think ... always providing that you can get by without the Japanese for 'hedgehog'!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 24 April 2009
"First Thousand Words in Japanese" is a 64 page picture dictionary primarily designed for children.
It has a very nice introduction with hiragana and katakana alphabets and pronunciation tips in the beginning as well as Internet-linked pronunciation guide (a web address). Each topic (2 pages) has a main picture illustrating the main situation and separate item pictures at the edges with the vocaulary. Each word is written in Japanese letters as well as English letters. If it is hard to understand what's in the picture (it happened to me in the WORKSHOP picture where I don't know most of the tools' English names), there is a written vocabulary at the end of the book. I agree with the other users that there are some mistakes in some of the words (the meanings don't match or one thing is written in Japanese and the other - in English, but they were maybe 4-5 words in all the book). I don't think it could be a reason of not buying this book. I find this dictionary very useful for GCSE level vocabulary revision where words are listed according to the topic. This book has topics on home(uchi), kitchen (daidokoro), niwa (garden), workshop (sagyoba), street (toori), toy shop (omochaya), park (kouen), zoo (doubutsuen), travel (ryoko), station (eki), countryside (inaka), gas station (gasorin sutando), airport (hikojo), farm (nojo), seaside (umibe), school (gakkou), hospital (byouin), party (paatii), shop (omise), food (tabemono), me( body) (watashi), my clothes (watashino youfuku), people (hito) - professions, doing things (dousa) - verbs, opposite words (hantai no kotoba), days (iroirana hi), special days (tokubetsuna hi), weather (tenki), seasons (kisetsu), pets (petto), sports and exercizes (supootsu to undo), colours (iro), shapes (katachi), numbers (kazu), fairground (yuuenchi).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First 1000 words in Japanese 24 Feb 2013
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Love these Usborne books. They are so clear for children to understand with great illustrations. My mistake I'm sure, but even though it's title clearly states 'First Thousand words in Japanese' I still thought it would have the English too! Silly mistake but as we have the English version at school too, we just partner them up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hana loves her book! 17 Dec 2012
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My 3 year old niece (English-Japanese) loves reading this book with her Mummy - and her English Daddy is said to be finding the book useful for learning too! Since starting at nursery, Hana had stopped speaking Japanese as much as she had done. I sent this book to Hana and her Mummy, Maho, has given the book the Japanese seal of approval. Hana loves her new book!

I also have the French and German versions of this book for myself and that is what prompted me to buy this Japanese version - they are highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as a vocab builder
As the title of this book would suggest, this book is great as a vocabulary builder. If you already speak some basic Japanese and have some basic grammer, this is ideal.
Published 2 days ago by Bunny
3.0 out of 5 stars hardly words for kids
Why a child would need to know the japanese for sawdust, penknife and pothole cover but not please and thankyou or numbers amazes me with this book!
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Yup. Exactly 1000 words. I'm that OCD I had to count them 8D But hey are easily laid out, and because there are big colourful pictures with lots going on in them, it makes it fun... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shy_Bambi
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing I came across
Note only is it exception in user friendliness. The fact that you have this format with everything [pictures and so on ] the same in every language makes it advantageous to apply... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Antoine Frendo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Small forrmat but a nice way to learn some new words. Good for kids and adults. Good for looking at while out and about.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Easy to use and very helpful..nice pictures, with clear words.
Makes the language much simpler..enjoyed using it in Japan on holiday
Published 5 months ago by Joan mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0746052499/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol...
A useful addition to my bookshelf as I am self learning Japanese, a good link to a direct website that helps with the pronouncement of the words at this time I have not been using... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Francis Beckles
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book, shame that the cost was so high
The book is a fantastic learning tool, but it was only when I received it that I realised how much I was conned on the price. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charlotte Bentham
5.0 out of 5 stars ideal beginners book
It was just what i wanted for my nephew , it was brill for someone starting to learn the language
Published 11 months ago by barbara cannell
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME VOCABULARY
Is a very small book but it does contain mainly all the words we use day by day, im very happy with this purchase and pictures are very helpful.
Published 12 months ago by Alejandra
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