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5.0 out of 5 stars
Extremely useful means for getting an overview of Japanese, 2 Jan. 2002
This book was recommended ( and actually bought for me ) by a Japanese friend who is a trained teacher of Japanese for English-speaking students. This was chosen for use as a first introduction to Japanese and I have found it most effective.The book presents the main patterns of Japanese sentences and represents them in terms of a number of formulae which aid memorising.
The book presents the basic structures of 50 key sentences. Offers examples of their usage as well as giving examples of informal ( conversational )usage which derive from the given examples.
The book has useful pointers to other resources for developing competence in the language.I expect ,in particular, to utilise other books by the same author.I whole-heartedly recommend this book for those requiring an entry-level text.