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Talk Japanese Course Book [Paperback]

Lynne Strugnell , Yukiko Isono
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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6 Feb 2006 0563520302 978-0563520306 1

Talk Japanese is the ideal course for absolute beginners. Designed for adults learning at home or in a class, it covers all the basic language you’ll need in everyday situations, so you can make the most of your visit from the moment you arrive!


Talk Japanese’s rewarding step-by-step approach makes progress rapid and is effective in teaching even the least confident of language learners. It makes the language more accessible by presenting it using the Roman alphabet, but you will also learn to recognise some common signs in the Japanese writing system. Packed with enjoyable activities, it’s fun too!


This 128-page book is also available to buy in a pack with two 60-minute audio CDs (9780563520313) to get the most out of your learning.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Active; 1 edition (6 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563520302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563520306
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough! 1 Jun 2009
After buying this book and cd, I was unsure whether it would be of a great standard and if it was going to cover topics that were worth using, but it turns out that it does. It covers greetings, nationality, metting friends, what to say when booking hotel etc. It really does cover every basic thing you would need to say when going on a visit to Japan.

This book and cd also contains activities to do which shows your progress and lets you know if you have really understood and remembered it as well as you think you did. At the end of each unit there is also a quiz and this really outs you to the test. I love this about the book and I feel that it is really helping me learn Japanese.

Overall, this is probably the best pack you could buy to learn. It it thorough, easy to learn, contains activities and includes how to write in Japanese also. Buy Buy Buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Active - Talk Japanese 16 Mar 2009
Excellent Package!
A simple step-by-step practical approach to learning Japanese. The book & CD's work very well together. Learn effectively and at your own speed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent language companion 15 Mar 2009
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I opted for this as it has 2 audio CD's and I have previously found success with the Talk Spanish course.
I listen to the audio in my car on the way to work and it has helped me pick up the basics almost subliminaly. The book goes into a bit more depth and the 2 work together well - espescially if you are disciplined enough to sith there with the book and listen to audio at the same time.
Some of the topics are a bit irrelevant and you are sometimes required to run before you can walk, but overall it is not too much of a problem.
Great value compared to the others and it is guaranteed to get you by.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal first guide... 18 Feb 2009
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I decided to start learning Japanese on a whim quite recently, and saw that this had been recommended. It's a quick and easy guide to get you started in the language, and gives some good basic advice.

What was lacking for me was any level of detail on the breakdown of the language and oftentimes the meaning of individual words wasn't sufficiently explained; but if you just need to know the basic phrases then this product is great. What is also good is that some of the phrases are voiced by male and female actors which makes getting the pronouncement a little easier.

The other thing I didn't notice in it was any real reference to politeness levels, and I think it errs on the side of formality.

Overall though, a good guide: I've had the CDs playing repeatedly, and it's definitely helped me start to pick out certain words used in Japanese films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prezzie 8 May 2014
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I bought this book for a young girl who is going to Japan. I read all the reviews and every one said it was a really good book for beginners and simple to understand. She was very pleased with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and easily accessible. 13 Mar 2014
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I'm finding this a useful addition to other courses and love the CDs which I listen to in the car.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Talk Japanese 25 Oct 2013
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It seems to be a nice additional learning tool:) It is bit less text than I had expected when I viewed it on Amazon, which is why I'd say I like, not love, it!
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