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  • Turtleback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading Co (17 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4889961151
  • ISBN-13: 978-4889961157
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARC BERNABE is a freelance translator and interpreter with a broad experience in translation of manga and animated cartoons, mainly from Japanese, but also from English and French into Spanish and Catalan.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr AI on 31 Oct. 2005
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This is a similar book in scope to the much better 'Japanese the Manga Way'. If you only want one book, buy that one. If you end up with this, you may not be dissapointed, its not all bad!
I found this book confusing from the outset. I'm learning Japanese, and am a beginner. The structure of this book (and the second book in the series) is a little random to me. It also contains information that doesn't match with what is taught in other courses, and by my Japanese language tutor (who is a native speaker). This is worrying, but I don't know enough to say if its a real problem or not: I assume it got through editing, so itsn't. It does mean that if you use this book along with other resources you may get confused, as I did.
The worst thing about the book is that you are left to do so much work yourself. He'll give one page of introduction and then expect you to have absorbed and be able to use the contents. No sense of practicing: of seing the same thing in different ways. Part of the problem here is that there aren't that many manga panels in the book; typically 2-4 per chapter.
The exercises in the book are also weak: they test reading comprehension rather than genuine language ability.
But all is not bad. The course does contain some interesting examples, and as well as manga he illustrates some points with photos of japanese objects and explanations. There are some nice adjective and verb tables in the book, and the layout of the translations from the manga panels is good (borrowed from the defunct Manga-jin magazine, just like 'Japanese the Manga Way').
Overall I found this book dissapointing because I was reading at the same time as Wayne Lammer's book, and it doesn't compare. On its own it is okay, and if you couldn't find the alternative, you wouldn't be too dissapointed, I guess.
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A great book to help you get started with your Japanese. It's easy to use and has simple yet effective explanations. The "learning trough manga" deal provides a new and fun way to learn Japanese better, and is useful not only for those interested in the Japanese comic books, but also for those who are not familiar with it, or just don't really care - everyone can benefit from this! Not only is it a more fun way of learning (having manga to illustrate the things you've just read), but it gives an insight to one of the most popular aspects in the Japanese culture. So go ahead - if you're just interested in trying it out to see what it's all about, or if you're a die-hard fan of the Japanese language and burn to get started, this is a great way to do so. Just remember; you have to work for it, as with all other things, but this is an easy way to get started, and as long as you're having fun with it, it shouldn't be a problem a all :) Good luck!
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I'm using this book in combination with the Japanese in Mangaland workbook. I wouldn't recommend working through this book without it; the workbook gives extensive exercises that will help drive the short explanations in the main book home.

I found this book mostly useful to use to clarify some things I had learnt on Tae Kim's Japanese Grammar site. After working my way through that site, I found there were some things I still didn't quite get. Japanese in Mangaland helped me view those items from a different angle and helped me understand them better.

I think for an absolute beginner the subject matter is quite difficult and you'll work through it much slower than another book, because so much is explained in such a short time. However, with the workbook this is doable and I do find the explanations clear and to the point.

So all in all I do recommend it, just not on its own.
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I am learning Japanese by taking classes of the language. Frankly speaking of you are a beginner than this is not the most appropriate book to buy in my humble understanding. The reason is that it deals with rather informal side of the language, to say that it deals with slang rather than the most appropriate forms to use is somewhat better way of saying it.
If you are a beginner than the Book 'Japanese for Busy People I' is the best choice (preferably the Kana version of the book). If you already know some of the language and consider yourself to have a good foundation its OK to but the book.
The only reason why I don't recomend it for beginners is that you guys may as well get mixed up and confused.
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140 of 149 people found the following review helpful
Wow, I'm finally learning some Japanese! 21 Feb. 2005
By Courtland J. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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I've never had much luck with Foreign Languages. I'm an intuitive writer to begin with, and so generally build my writing structure by "ear". What sounds like it could be spoken naturally is the way I construct a sentence. Because of this, I virtually wasted three years in High School French. The net result of which gave me very little knowledge of the language, save a few remembered words.

Now I've spent the last six years collecting anime (in both dubbed and subbed versions), and a little translated manga. An appreciation of the Japanese culture derived from watching and reading, inspired me to want to learn some of the language. Still, it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks without some sort of gimmick that makes it seem easy. I tried the special tapes and courses that were supposed to be so great, but for the most part, they were boring. I listened, heck, I even tried sleep-learning with the audio CD's, still when the track ended, and I hardly learned a thing.

Then I saw a book coming out on "TheRightStuf" anime site, so I thought I'd check it out on Amazon. It hadn't been released yet, so I found this one instead. Pretty good reviews, so I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised with the results, after the first few lessons, I'm beginning to recall not only the spoken word, but the hiragana characters that write it in Japanese!

What's typical of most "gimmick" type books are that they focus only on the "gimmick", and beyond that are not very good. They are often not written by very knowledgeable people on the subject, just someone with a unique point of view. Often after a good start, they degrade into a boring reference. Those of you who've read those "...Dummies" books know what I mean. The real dummy is someone who thinks a reading a thousand-page book, is learning something the "easy" way! This book is not like that. While still a basic book on Japanese, it covers the subject very well. It manages to maintain interest with not only the manga "hook or gimmick", but with well-written, well-supported examples.

In addition, it gives the history of the Japanese language, how it's taught in Japan, and displays each phrase covered in five or more different equivalents. One of the most important but often missed in other texts is the literal English translation and the suggested proper translation. Too often, I've seen the suggested translation, and could not relate it back to the written Japanese characters, because the translated words are now out of order! Just that little detail helped me to start learning some written Japanese characters.

For a relatively small book, they go the extra mile. A guide for how to construct the written characters is included within the lessons. Each new lesson has interesting information on the Japanese culture as it relates to the language, and illustrated examples using manga. While I know you won't get a very comprehensive view of this complex language, I believe the foundation; will enable you to build on what you have. This will enable you to do well with more intermediate and advanced texts.

On the book itself, an exceptional bargain is to be had. The book is soft covered, but bound like hardbound books. The paper is smooth, likely acid free to last a long time without yellowing, much like the pages in an expensive college text. The graphics and print are easy to read with appropriate breaks and use of bolding, italics, and different fonts and sizes to accentuate the learning experience. I rarely see this quality of book in print these days. It was printed in Spain, they must have some very good print shops there.
50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Finally, conversational grammer explained! 6 Dec. 2005
By Susan - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been studying Japanese for several years, completing 3 years of Japanese in college and even studying and taking the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Tests). However, in most Japanese Language textbooks, you learn formal Japanese which is fine if you are going to be using it for business. If you want to watch Japanese TV programs, anime, read manga or talk to your Japanese friends, you are in for a rude awakening, because they don't speak the same Japanese you just learned out of a textbook.

Thank you, thank you for Japanese in Mangaland. Even though I've studied many Japanese textbooks, with this book I was finally able to learn some of the missing pieces of the puzzle of understanding "informal" or conversational Japanese. I don't mean rude or vulger slang that some other gimmicky books might teach you, but real Japanese that the everyday person might use.

However, I don't recommend this book as your primary text. Other textbooks like "Genki" or "Japanese for Busy People" have good exercises and audio tapes that go along with the text. Japanese in Mangaland is an excellent suppliment because of it's explanation of informal Japanese.

Get it, it is worth every penny.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A must have for anyone interested in learning japanese 13 May 2004
By Ane - Published on Amazon.com
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I love manga, and I wanted to read manga in japanese, because there's far less manga in any other language than there is in japanese. So I started looking for good self-study books, because I didn't have not the time, nor the money to go to japanese classes (I'm a university student, not much free time). I decided to buy this one, Japanese in Mangaland, and I'm glad I did. This book is fun, easy to study with, and it works! I really have learned the basics: verbs, grammar, expressions, 160 basic kanji (with 5 kanji compounds for each kanji, that's really useful!), particles... There is no need to know any japanese before studying this book: it starts from the real basics, how to read and write hiragana and katakana.

The good thing about this book is that if you study it, you don't learn the standard japanese spoken and learned in class, not too useful when you read manga: you learn real japanese, just the way they really speak and write, with real japanese manga example sentences. So, after studying this book, and using a good dictionary, you can even read and understand easy manga such as Shinchan. I was so happy when I saw that I was able to understand what they were saying...

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn japanese, or anyone looking for something new, amazingly interesting... I'm a japanophile now :)

Marc Bernabe, the author, lives and works both in Japan and in Spain, and he's well known and loved here because of his great job as a manga translator: thanks to him, we've read in spanish wonderful manga such as Karekano, Blame!, Saikano, Say hello to Black Jack, Crayon ShinChan and so on. He's translated and adapted "Remembering Kanji" (James W Heisig) to spanish, too.

I recommend this book for the basics (grammar, verbs, vocabulary and so on) along with "Remembering Kanji" (James W. Heisig) for learning the writing and meaning of the 2000 basic kanji (if you already understand and know how to write the 2000 basic kanji, it will be far easier for you to understand any text, because everything written in japanese is filled with kanji!!!). For exercises and more practical japanese language learning, Minna no Nihongo is one of the best. Practical, perfect also for self-study, but as the textbook is only in japanese, don't forget to get the translation and grammatical explanation book too!

Japanese in Mangaland is the english version of a Spanish book, "Japones en Vinetas", (also by Marc Bernabe, of course) which has been such a success in Spain, that has just been released the 4th edition! And has just been released its second part too, "Japones en Vinetas 2", with lessons 31 to 60. Studying both books, you're ready for the Noken levels 4 and 3. I'm sure that you will soon have "Japanese in Mangaland 2" in english.

If you know spanish, it would be great to visit the author's website, [...] , it's very interesting. It speaks about japanese culture, books, movies... And sorry if there's any mistake, I'm just a student of english and japanese, my mother tongue are basque and spanish. But, after everything Marc Bernabe has done for all of us who love Japan in Spain, I had to review this book :) It has been so useful for me... You won't be dissapointed, I promise.

Japanese in Mangaland + Minna no Nihongo + Remembering Kanji = winning trio.
ganbatte, tomodachi!
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A fun, structured course and a great study aid 30 Sept. 2005
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
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Learning Japanese through the medium of manga is a no-brainer. Many Japanese learners first interest in the language originally stems from an interest in anime and manga, and want the ability to go beyond English-translated merchandise and be able to pick and choose from the massive ocean of material that is untranslated in Japan.

"Japanese in Mangaland: Basic Japanese Course using Manga" accepts this, and builds a solid learning system based on usage and mis-usage in Japanese comics. Originally written in Spanish for Spanish learners of Japanese, it was so successful that the book was re-formatted for English learners, and it works just as well.

The book follows the format of introducing a grammar point, then following it up with manga examples taken from real Japanese comics. A serious study aid, it begins with learning the kana, both hiragana and katakana as well as basic kanji, then begins vocabulary building with repetition and increasing difficulty. Each section then concludes with a quiz to test yourself on what you learned. There are also cultural lessons in each chapter that give the necessary background to understand some of the subtleties of Japanese.

This approach has been tried before in "Mangajin's Basic Japanese Through Comics," but that book lacked a structured approach to language learning and instead focused on "cool phrases" and was unsuitable for beginners. "Japanese in Mangaland" is much more of an actual study course.

The only drawbacks to "Japanese in Mangaland" is that the manga used are not particularly famous, and will probably be unfamiliar to Western audiences. It may not even be their idea of "manga,' as generally only one style is imported to the US. Also, although the emphasis is on kana, romaji is used throughout and it may have been more challenging to slowly eliminate it as the course progressed.

As with all language learning, this should not be your only course, as speaking and listening practice is irreplaceable. But, as a fun supplement, it is an excellent book that still managed to teach me a thing or two even after several years of Japanese study.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Best series of language books I own. 10 Mar. 2006
By Brett Pontarelli - Published on Amazon.com
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This series of language books is the best I own. I have university textbooks for both Italian and Japanese. As usual they are comprehensive, but dry and impossible to use for self study. I purchased the Japanese for Busy People books, but found them also to be dry and difficult for self study. But the Japanese in Mangaland series is amazingly entertaining. I have found that my motivation to study and comprehension of the language have both increased since buying these books.

The main reason this series succeeds where others fail is that it is truly geared toward the self studier. The grammar is presented in simple stages along with plenty of examples. Vocabulary in introduced slowly and in line with the grammar. But, the most compelling aspect is the examples are all drawn :) from manga. This gives a visual context in which to understand and remember the language principle's being presented.

I don't, however, give "Learning the Basics" a 5 star rating. It makes one mistake by using romaji for the entirety of the book. If as intended this is for the learner of Japanese who is motivated to read and understand manga then I believe there is really no place for allowing the student the crutch of romaji past the 3rd or 4th lesson. The series however redeems itself in parts 2 and 3 by using exclusively kana and kanji (except in a few places where typos have crept in).
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