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Japanese for Everyone: A Functional Approach to Daily Communication Paperback – Dec 1990


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications (Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870408534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870408533
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 2.5 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents the fundamentals of the Japanese language through dialogs, examples, and exercises.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Scotchmer on 25 Nov 2009
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Despite one reviewer only giving this book 2 stars I can heartily recommend this book to every beginner who wishes to take their Japanese to the next level, and though I wouldn't recommend it as a first book for the absolute beginner (for that see my review of "Berlitz Essential Japanese") I would definitely recommend it for students who already have the basics and require to expand their vocabulary and reading ability.

The book is very comprehensive and the learning curve can be steep at times as the author crams a lot into each chapter (hence not a good choice for the absolute beginner unless they have a tutor). For a starter it expects you to know the kanas as all the vocabulary is written using these Japanese "alphabets," though for the first three chapters, transcripts using the roman alphabet is provided while you learn them. It even introduces you to kanji - the chinese characters - right from the first lesson.

I have read many of the advance beginner/lower intermediate level textbooks but this one beats them all. What the "Genki" series of books and the "Japanese for Busy People" series offers over several volumes this gives you in one place - in fact it gives you a lot more besides and in my opinion takes you to a higher level of proficiency. So save your money and buy this one.

If you are an absolute beginner I would start with "Berlitz Essential Japanese" by Lynne Strugnell to get the basic vocabulary, the two kana workbooks "Let's Learn Hiragana", "Let's Learn Katakana" by Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura to learn the basic writing system (which is very easy to pick up), and then move on to "Japanese for Everyone."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sep 2004
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As a native-speaking Japanese teacher, I use this book in my courses for beginners. It beings the students right to the point, into realistic situations they will encounter in Japan, without dithering too much with "This-is-a-pen". One of the few drawbacks is that the book, with its wide scope, may seem a little scattered and confusing for the more "structured" learner. But such is life; it doesn't all come in neat, bite-sized sushi! Another possible stumbling stone is the book's rather hasty approach to reading comprehension. My students find it hard to cope with exercises written in kana only from Lesson 1. But this can be overcome by careful classroom instruction. This is definitely my favourite Japanese textbook.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 1996
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A superb book. Thebook itself is marvelous. It incorporates many things
including pictures, diagrams, charts, culture notes, and
many others that improve its overall effect. It contains many
excercises to involve you the reader. All of which are
answered completely in the back of the book. It also teaches you to read and write the three Japanese syllabaries
(hiragana, katakana, and kanji) by slowly introducing them
into the text. A great way for ANYONE to begin their mastery
of the Japanese language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yamerarenai on 2 Dec 2006
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As someone who's circumstances have meant for the time being only self-study japanese is possible, I was happy to have this book recommended to me by other students of the language.

At first glance, this could be construed as a very scary book, particularly if you don't have a teacher over your shoulder.

However, I definitely recommend taking the second and the third glance. The script all being in kana from the off is actually a positive in my view, not a negative, because it forces your brain to recall the characters much more quickly when you can associate them with words. The book seems to assume that users will be more comfortable with hiragana over katakana at the beginning also, since many of the katakana written words (biiru, menyuu, etc) are written with hiragana as "furigana" over the top to indicate pronunciation. If you are serious about learning proper Japanese rather than just a holidaymaker's guide in romaji, then you're going to have to learn kana sooner or later...and the "jump right in" attitude of the book makes you do it sooner!

(One minor drawback - and the 4 star rating is because of this - is that the book doesn't really do much in the way of teaching you the Kana. Although there is a guide on the inside cover, all that is really said is "you should learn these asap". There is no instruction on stroke pattern or anything of that nature, which I have had to locate through other sources.

There are a lot of detailed and complex grammar notes in both the introduction and the back cover of the book and although it's worth reading these at the start, I would recommend going back to them once you've begun since they often make more sense in context.
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