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4.0 out of 5 stars First-time Introduction to Japanese Sociolinguistics
Mangajin's "Basic Japanese" is not a course or exercise book, so don't expect to be taught how to write the Kanji or Kana. However, in 24 independent sections (independet because you can work through the book in any order) the reader is introduced to what can be expressed between the lines when speaking Japanese, therefore "Basic Japanese" shouldn't be...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kan you Kanji?
To be honest I cannot really review this product well because I do not seem to fall in to the category at which it is aimed. I picked it up thinking that it would introduce you to all the basics. However I was dismayed to discover that it uses a LOT of Kanji but never actually tells you what the Kanji actually represent. Which seems a bit backwards considering it does...
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4.0 out of 5 stars First-time Introduction to Japanese Sociolinguistics, 6 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Basic Japanese Through Comics: v. 1 (Paperback)
Mangajin's "Basic Japanese" is not a course or exercise book, so don't expect to be taught how to write the Kanji or Kana. However, in 24 independent sections (independet because you can work through the book in any order) the reader is introduced to what can be expressed between the lines when speaking Japanese, therefore "Basic Japanese" shouldn't be regarded as a language book but rather as an not so serious practical introduction to Japanese Sociolinguistics, i.e. appropriateness of speech styles...
Extracts of mangas (not whole manga stories) are used to show the difference of well-known phrases in their different usage. Sometimes this can become quite boring as all the mangas are taken out of their respective context, and the reader is expected to jump from one situation to another, which makes it difficult to remember all the different usages and their meaning.
The chapters are clearly organised with an English introduction, and so are most if the mangas as they feature romanized version as well as English translations of the dialogues.
1) Yoroshiku o-negai shimasu 2) Sumimasen 3) Feminine Speech 4) Gaijin Bloopers 5) Hiragana, Katakana and Manga 6) Ohayoo Gozaimasu & Omedetoo Gozaimasu 7) Creative Kanji Readings 8) Doomo, the all-purpose word 9) Doozo 10) Baka, the Basic Insult 11) Shitsurei 12) Iie, the "good" word 13) Yatta! the Exclamation 14) Saying Goodbye 15) The Concept of Komaru 16) Counters and Classifiers 17) Baby Talk 18) Informal Politeness 19) Introduction 20) "-sama" words 21) Hesitating woth anoo 22) The Wide World of desu 23) Hai (part one) 24) Hai (part two)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Book!, 1 Dec 2006
This review is from: Basic Japanese Through Comics: v. 1 (Paperback)
If you are a beginner Japanese student, it can be very hard to get a grip on the language.

By using Manga comics you will pick up some very useful phrases and learn how to use them.

Even if you don't want to learn serious japanese it's a fascinating look inside the culture.

You will definitely grasp the concept of 'politeness level'.... ha ha
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 30 Aug 2002
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This review is from: Basic Japanese Through Comics: v. 1 (Paperback)
I think it's quite a useful book for people who already know basic japanese as it explains things step by step and word by word. It helps you understand more by using comics for different situations. I really liked it cause it helps you get into real life japanese especially for a person like me where it's impossible to find something in japanese like books or videos (except for internet). I recommend it to people who already have a good basic japanese so that it can help them understand more what they have learnt and put it into practice thanks to the comics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kan you Kanji?, 4 July 2013
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This review is from: Basic Japanese Through Comics: v. 1 (Paperback)
To be honest I cannot really review this product well because I do not seem to fall in to the category at which it is aimed. I picked it up thinking that it would introduce you to all the basics. However I was dismayed to discover that it uses a LOT of Kanji but never actually tells you what the Kanji actually represent. Which seems a bit backwards considering it does teach you what sounds the Katakana and Hiragana stand for and even the stroke order required to be able to write them properly. As such I am able to read most of the manga without any difficulties however I become thoroughly unstuck whenever a Kanji appears (Which is very frequently!)
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