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Japanese for Busy People: Teacher's Manual Paperback – Jul 1995


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; Teacher's edition (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770019068
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770019066
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 1.2 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,275,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE ASSOCIATION FOR JAPANESE-LANGUATE TEACHING (AJALT) has been recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Ministry of Education since 1997. It was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists on Japan but who wish to communicate effectively in Japanese. In 1992 the Association was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By gaikokujin on 24 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Overall this is a very good book, it comes with a CD and encourages speaking practice which is very important to gain fluency.

Grammar is clearly explained with plenty of examples. At this stage, learning Japanese one can be overwhelming with the amount of vocabulary and grammar. However, the content in this book appears to have been carefully selected with clear and concise material. There's also the introduction of Kanji with furigana throughout the book.

JFBPII introduces various written styles of texts (such as a web blog and magazine articles) which at first can be overwhelming due to the unfamiliar writing style and the amount of new vocabulary. The texts are interesting and give some insight into Japanese history, culture and lifestyle. Understanding these texts will prepare you well for getting accustomed to reading real material such as websites and newspapers as I found. Although you still need to learn a far greater vocabulary beyond this book and start with furigana texts.

The book is light on grammar exercises. The previous edition seems to have more exercises so you may want to consider getting the workbook in addition. Perhaps this could be a move to encourage students to practice grammar via conversation rather than writing.

Having since completed this book I still find it very useful as a reference. Occasionally when I need to send an email in Japanese I check the example emails in the book and use those as a template. Note: the previous edition was a bit outdated and therefore did not include such real life example material.

The voices on the accompanying CD appear to have a clear Tokyo dialect that are easy to understand.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Geary on 28 Sep 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great series of books for learning Japanese. I started off using the previous edition of book one and a few chapters of book two before moving to Japan where I have now finished the new edition of book two.

There is good use of the three scripts (hiragana, katakana & kanji) and lots of listening practice on the accompanying CD. There is also a great introduction of useful grammatical structures and vocabulary which have often got me through dealing with everyday situations in Japan.

However, the grammatical explanations are sometimes too brief, and certain things are not returned to later in the book and so it is easy to forget what was learnt previously. Each chapter introduces 10 new kanji characters but the explanations are not clear or detailed enough. There are also a couple of chapters which are not useful for everyday situations.

All in all it is a good text and I will be starting the new Book III in a couple of weeks. Infinitely better than the Minna no nihongo series which is dry, outdated and far too complicated.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec 1998
Format: Paperback
I am teaching myself Japanese using a variety of textbooks and here is a comparative review from my (learner's) point of view.
-Living Language 'All the way' -- This is very good and complete. Also there is plenty of audio material (8 CDs, the only audio-based course I found affordable) and this is vital during the first stages of learning the language. However, the learning curve of the book is steep. So much is crammed into the book's 450 pages that it is very easy to get discouraged. I found the amount of vocabulary cropping up every ten pages (and new lesson) particularly disheartening at times. Another problem is that Japanese characters are not covered particularly well; dialogues and example sentences are all in Romanji. However, I found this course to be truly excellent used together with others, so I could move to another book (and later return) whenever things got too disheartening. (4 stars)
-Learn Japanese-New College Text (Hawaii University) -- This is (overall) the best text I found: the learning curve is just right, although there is a scary amount of new vocabulary in each lesson, a lot of it is obvious (new forms of verbs already learned etc), and there are tons (perhaps too many?) of exercises. My only gripe is that no solutions to the exercises are provided such that the odd sentence may remain obscure. However, this is a brilliant series, both very good value (cheap!) and very complete, with cultural notes that try to relate understanding of the language to understanding of the culture. (5 stars)
- Japanese for College Students (Christian University) - This text plunges into Japanese the hard way, introducing Kanji from Lesson 1.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Griff on 13 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
I agree with the previous two reviews. Overall this is a very good book and introduces an easily digestible mixture of grammar, vocabulary and speaking/reading in each chapter. The included CD really helps to give you much needed speaking and listening practice. The exercises are a little repetitive though, and the "everyday" situations that are introduced are geared a bit too much towards business. However, of all the Japanese textbooks I have seen, this is by far the best. Especially useful for people trying to learn Japanese on their own.
Highly recommended.
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