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Teach Yourself Beginner's Japanese (TYBL) [Paperback]

Helen Gilhooly
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26 Sep 2003 0340870362 978-0340870365 New Ed

Japanese has become increasingly popular as a language to learn in recent years, and a growing awareness of Japan has been created through industry, television, newspaper articles, Japanese events and exhibitions. 'Teach Yourself Beginner's Japanese' is the right course for you if you really want to learn Japanese but are daunted by the prospect of complicated grammar, classes and coursebooks. This book starts right from the beginning and explains everything in simple English. There are hints throughout to make learning easy and you can learn at your own pace with plenty of practice of each new point. It is a friendly introduction to the language which will help you to understand and speak Japanese sufficiently well to function effectively in basic everyday situations, both business and social. The course will also offer you an insight into Japanese culture and there is even an opportunity for you to learn some of the basics of reading Japanese if you want to.

The book is divided into two main parts. Units 1-12 introduce you to the basic structures and grammatical points you'll need in everyday situations. Units 14-20 deal with everyday situations such as shopping, eating out, travelling, meeting a Japanese business person and entertaining a Japanese person in your home. They give you the opportunity to put into practice and consolidate the language you have learnt in the first 12 units. Unit 13 is a special unit designed to give you the chance to find out something about reading Japanese. If you would rather miss this unit out and concentrate on speaking and listening, you can do so without it affecting your understanding of the other units. All the Japanese in other units is given in romanization.

By the end of the course you'll be able to communicate in a wide range of real-life situations and have all the practical information you need to enjoy your next trip to Japan.

Two accompanying cassettes or CDs are available separately or in a pack with the book.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; New Ed edition (26 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340870362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340870365
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Helen Gilhooly has lived and worked in Japan and has extensive experience of teaching Japanese and writing materials for learners of all ages. She has an MA and PGCE in Japanese and is currently the Language College Director of Aldercar Community Language College in Derbyshire. She is also a teacher trainer of Japanese at Nottingham University.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make learing enjoyable 16 May 2003
By Ieuan Lewis VINE VOICE
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After reading the Teach Yourself; Japanese Script (by the same author) i felt right at home with this book. The style in which the book is presented is very informal and gives some insights into japanese culture that have kept me entertained while reading.
There is a supporting CD or tape but the version i had did not come with one. This would normally mean the end of the world but the book also puts the dialogue and activities for each section. There are some times, such as the pronounciation exercises, where it may have been better to have a CD but i have learned far more from this book and can talk adequatly even if my pronounciation is a little suspect!
If you are going to buy this book then i suggest you get the CDs/tapes and the Beginners Japanese Script book (also in the TY series).
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well balanced, easy course 30 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a well balanced and easy course. It combines good explanations with useful dialogues and the vocabulary lists at the start of each unit allow you to immediately understand what is being said. The book briefly touches upon written Japanese but it really only covers Katakana. You'll need another book if you want to learn Hiragana en Kanji as well (and you probably will).
The whole course is pleasantly written and can easily be studied without the cassettes. I would have given it five stars if it wasn't for the fact that a large amount of the vocabulary lists and some parts of the dialogue are missing from the tapes. I also couldn't understand why small parts of the vocabulary were given after the dialogue instead of adding them to the main vocabulary list.
These are minor objections however and out of the three courses I own (Hugo's Japanese in three months, BBC's Talk Japanese and TY Beginner's Japanese) this is certainly my favourite one.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, brilliant, smashing!! 4 July 2001
By A Customer
I had no previous knowledge of any Japanese before I bought this book, but now; after going through the book and cassette, I can converse in Japanese on many subjects. Thebook is quite easy to get to grips with and teaches grammar and vocabulary along side "dialogues" with frequent tests. The dialogues follow the "Yamaguchi" family. It is best used with the cassette and i found that this aids pronunciation. I went through the whole book, covering two chapters a week in a small time ach day. This book helps with Japanese grammar and vocab so that the reader can make their own sentences. Along the way is some information on Japan. A brilliant book if you are thinking of visiting Japan or feel like learning Japanese. It gives very good ground for further work in the language.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good explanations 31 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
The approach on the whole is good; various features of the Japanese language are explained clearly. Tape is pretty much useless without the book to hand, or without frequent recourse to the pause button, so using it on the move is not a valid option. The audio should be on CD, anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yey 9 Dec 2009
This book's great! I taught myself a few phrases but have forgotten them now but it was really easy and helpful to pick up! Should have kept going with teaching myself really! Was good condition and helpful and easy to follow!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nihongo no Narau 19 Nov 2009
I bought this book/cd pack on a whim, I have always wanted to learn Japanese but was always daunted by the prospect.
Luckily this book moves along at the perfect pace for me, I listen to the exercises on my ipod on the walk to work and practice what I have read often.
The book deals with romanised letters, letting you learn to speak first before briefly dealing with the Hiragana alphabet.
This is fine as an absolute begginer I am pleased to not have been overwhelmed right from the start.

I am only halfway through the book but can easily recall the knowledge I have learnt from the previous chapters and am even able to embelish on them and provide lots of information.

If you are new to the language and want to learn then I would suggest going for this book first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2 Oct 2009
Nice, large, clear font, which is exactly what you want when confronted with new words, a good companion to an audio CD series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 27 Aug 2009
Brilliant book - really good, consise info which is divided into chapters on various themes. I particularly tought the test your knowledge section at the end was an excellent way in getting you to remember information. The chapters are not that long either which means you dont have to devote a chunk of time making sure you finish it. You could work through this book without the audio accompaniment but I would advise prospective buyers to get both as the quizes at the end of each chapters link in with the audio and it also helps you to develop ennuniciation of the words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but . . .
Years of experience have taught me that there is no such thing as an ideal language textbook, but this is the nearest to it that I have ever found. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. John E. Knewstubb
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Published on 15 Sep 2010 by GaryB
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for serious learners of languages
I speak fluent Thai, English and Icelandic. My mother tongue is Spanish. I taught myself all of these languages, with the aid of books like this one. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Raúl Sáenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Well paced, well written, entertaining read
Learning Japanese can be quite daunting for the beginner. This book overcomes this excellently by gradually introducing new concepts using varied and realistic role-play examples. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by Mr. J. Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars try it
This is an easy to follow audio learner, but do not forget to order the accompanying book at the same time as it does make the course a little easier.
Published on 21 Sep 2009 by Mike Nicklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly teacher
I like the book. It gets down to the most useful phrasesm straight away. The author also has little exercises wich makes the learning more easy. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2009 by Mr. Diarmuid Lavelle
4.0 out of 5 stars AWESOMENESS!!!!
4/5 because its fairly better than most books / cd sets. Can get boring half way through the book. But easy learning.
Published on 12 Jan 2009 by E. Ha
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for complete beginners
I am completely new to the japanese language and this book has taken me from not being able to speak a word beside "konnichiwa" to having actual conversations with japanese... Read more
Published on 13 July 2008 by A Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you are buying the book not just the CD!
The reviews on this item are not specific to the CD and book on their own or the CD/book pack, so it is a bit confusing if your search lands you on the CD (without the book) page. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2008 by Dave
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