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4.0 out of 5 stars There are very few negative qualities to this book., 12 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: Japanese Ultimate Advanced (Living Language Series) (Paperback)
This book is one of the better language books I have read and used. It is quite clear and interesting, and has proven to be very helpful. The book is divided up into twenty lessons, each with a similar format. It begins with a few pages of dialogue, after which some notes on the more difficult or interesting aspects of the dialogue are explained. I quite like that. Afterwards it focuses on grammar and then introduces a few kanji. The twenty lessons are first written in romaji, and then repeated afterwards in kana and kanji, complete with furigana for each compund (except for one - I wonder if that was an error). The only negative aspect to this book is its tendancy to over-rely on business and polite grammar as opposed to normal speech. It is difficult to find books that teach Japanese the way it is actually spoken. However, this book does include some plain speech and guidelines for usage, but generally it assumes that one will wish to use the -masu form of the verbs, watakushi instead of watashi or ore for 'I', and so on. Nevertheless, I am finding it to be quite useful, and would not have bought it if it wasn't.
One last note: the system of romaji is the Hepburn system, with only some minor variations, such as using n before b instead of m (ie, shinbun instead of shimbun for newspaper).
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