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Japanese For Dummies [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Eriko Sato
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Book Description

25 Jan 2008 For Dummies
Want to speak Japanese? Don’t have a lot of time? Japanese For Dummies Audio Set is designed to help you learn quickly and easily at home or on the road. From basic greetings and expressions to grammar and conversations, you’ll grasp the essentials and start communicating right away. This completely practical, portable learning system lets you set your own pace and skip around to explore topics that interest. Three one–hour CDs introduce the basics of Japanese, get you familiar with the languages structure, and prepare you to use the language in real–world situations. You can play them on any car or home stereo, copy them to your computer, and load the pre–converted files onto your mp3 to play them wherever and whenever you want. A 96–page compact guide helps you find your way around the CDs and handy Japanese/English dictionary for quick reference on the go. You’ll discover how to: Begin communicating in Japanese on a basic level Handle greetings and introductions Ask questions and understand the answers Build your vocabulary Talk about numbers, time, and the calendar Ask for directions Order a meal at a restaurant Understand Japanese parts of speech Form complete sentences and converse in Japanese If you’re ready to start speaking Japanese, Japanese For Dummies Audio Set is the most effective, convenient, and friendliest tool you can use.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Com/Pap edition (25 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470178132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470178133
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 hours of instruction on 3 CDs! The fun and easy way® to communicate effectively in a new language! Want to speak Japanese? Don′t have a lot of time? This practical audio set is designed to help you learn quickly and easily at home or on the road. From basic greetings and expressions to grammar and conversations, you′ll grasp the essentials and start communicating right away! Plus, you can follow along with the handy, 96–page portable guide – filled with the words and phrases you′ll hear on the CDs, plus a mini dictionary. Discover how to: Ask questions and understand answers Build your vocabulary Talk about numbers, time, and the calendar Ask for directions Get help at a hotel, the bank, or a store

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Eriko Sato, PhD, teaches Japanese in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad 6 July 2011
By Jagjit
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It's a good tool to use to grasp a good general understanding of the Japanese language. However there are no words that appear or anything, it's just 100% audio which is quite a disadvantage if you wanted to see the words appear.

Each lesson starts with the English word first such as "Good morning" and then the Japanese word follows "Ohayou Gozaimasu".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this about a month before going to Japan. Too late to learn anything I hear you say? No... not at all, by constantly listening to it on the way to work every day (2hrs each day), I was soon mastering the basics. Without this I'd have had some real trouble on my trip, with it I manged to master the basics, and grasp the pronunciation, so even though I might not have been able to recall the correct phrase when confronted with a real life situation, I could at least pronounce it correctly when I looked it up in the handy book.

The only fault I'd give the CDs is that it would be handy to have split the CD tracks by word/phrase, rather than section of the book to aid skipping back and forth in the car, but then that's more a limitation of my car stereo than a real flaw with the CD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for driving 8 Feb 2014
By Akira
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Bought this about a month ago with the intention of learning while driving. I already had some knowledge of the language but was looking to become more fluent.
The CD's have some useful information on verbs and adjectives but without following along with the book, the japanese speaker is too fast and i found the heavy american accent of the english speaker to really grate on me after a while.
May be better if you have the time to sit down with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Aug 2014
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It was exactly my expectation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for everyday conversation/getting around 15 July 2010
By Erik - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are traveling to Japan for a day, a week, or even a month or two, Japanese For Dummies will be perfect for you. The 3 audio CDs come with a booklet with all of the vocabulary, inlcuding little tips here and there. What I do is I make flash cards for the words, practice memorizing them, and then quiz myself with the audio CDs (which of course I rip and put on my computer and mp3 player). It's perfect because you can store the audio files on your mp3 player and quiz yourself anywhere anytime.

I will be in Japan for a little under a month, and after a week of practice, I can already introduce myself and hold a very simple conversation. There is no way you can learn the language in less than a month, let alone less than a year. That's why this product is so great. It comes with about 37 sections, each one building on the next.

CD1 has saying hello and goodbye, introducing yourself, important nouns to know, simple question words, an overview of numbers, etc
CD2 has adjectives, verbs, the creation of simple sentences
CD3 has specifics, like things you should know in the office, a restaurant, the bank, hotel, etc

I have tried the Berlitz Japanese in 30 days and a few other Audio/Books and they just did not compare. The others had very poor audio and a learning style I just couldn't deal with. The audio on Japanese for Dummies is extremely clear and easy to understand. In addition, Japanese For Dummies is more useful for learning by memorization, not so much understanding the grammar perfectly. However, If you put 3-4 weeks into this, an hour a day, you will be able to survive in the streets of Japan!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This dummy needed help! 16 July 2011
By David Waweru - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this for my 12 year old daughter and she loves it. It may not be as good as Rosetta Stone, but it sure is budget freindly. The CD's let you hear the words and the booklet was insightful.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but... 19 Jun 2008
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not very comprehensive. I've also read the Japanese for dummies book and some of the material is repeated here. The booklet says that the CD's contain mp3's of each lesson to save you from ripping the CD's yourself, but my copy had no mp3's. The booklet contains more detailed descriptions of what you're listening to on the audio, which makes it less of an audio program in my opinion. Some of the essential words that you must know include, apple, pig... ???

Overall I did learn a thing or two, and that is what counts even though I could have used a few more examples and better explanations of certain things.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product but no MP3 files 27 July 2014
By S. Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with several of the other reviews of theses CD's and the booklet--good quality and excllent lesson coordination between the booklet and the CD's. I have one major complaint: the booklet clearly states in the Introduction "The CDs also contain MP3 files of all the audio tracks, so you can use your computer to copy the files to your MP3 player and listen to the tracks wherever and whenever you want. We saved you the trouble of converting the files yourself!" There were no MP3 files on these CDs and I had to convert them (I used Switch by NCH) and then edit each title to add the Lesson number. Otherwise I would have rated this product 5 stars.
3.0 out of 5 stars Japanese for Dummies Audio Set OK 28 Dec 2012
By Jewel - Published on Amazon.com
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This may be purely personal, but this audio only works if it can be used concurrently with the book. The enunciation (pronunciation?) of the speaker is not clear enough without seeing whether he is saying "p," "t," "me," etc. It might be a good refresher for someone already familiar with the language. I have learned a few words, but am looking for something else to help with sentences.
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