on 13 June 2013
Good layout and text size and suitable for beginners and upper beginners. A free download is available which includes e-books and sound files.
If like me you’re daunted by any Grammar let alone Japanese, then this book would be a good start, short and to the point snippets with sample sentences.
The book also lists the “Top 10 Mistakes Beginners Make”, number 7 is one of my favourites, don’t try to “Impress your host mother by saying her baby is scary. Be careful with easily confused words like kowai (scary) and kawaii (cute)…” I don’t know that one could go either way! Also number 8 showing the proper usage of minna/mina, “Use minna (everyone) or mina-san (also means “everyone”), but minna-san is not used”.
I don’t think any of the explanations go over 2 pages and as the font size is large that’s still not a huge amount of information to take in. The listings use Kanji, hiragana/katakana, romaji and English and cover things like desu, question words, possessive, wa and ga, negative verbs, punctuation, polite Japanese and n desu, which is apparently used informally to explain something or to show emphasis, who knew :)
Anyway, anything along this line that doesn’t make your head explode is a good thing, and with 100 grammar points in plain English it’s a handy book to read fully or dip in and out of as needed.
on 17 December 2014
Very good value for money with the mp3 files, which yo download separately from the details in the book.
Does what it says, gives you a good overview and examples, including many useful phrases
Uses N4/N5 vocab and tends to use many of the same situations, so its more i plus 1 for the grammar rather than grammar building
(The input hypothesis. This states that learners progress in their knowledge of the language when they comprehend language input that is slightly more advanced than their current level. Krashen called this level of input "i+1", where "i" is the language input and "+1" is the next stage of language acquisition.)
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Took off a star because about 10 of the p3's do not match the words (ie the words say they are going to the park and the mp3 says they are going to Tokyo).
I put the lot in an anki deck, which was a bit time consuming but easy to do.