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4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly "an introduction to language"..., 11 April 2009
This review is from: Everyday Japanese: A Basic Introduction to the Japanese Language and Culture (Language - Japanese) (Paperback)
As another reviewer has pointed out, this book isn't exactly much more than a phrasebook, since there are no actual explanations on how the language works. The phrases offered are useful, but often sound typically stilted (for instance, two male friends on the phone use formal verb endings). Furthermore, the content is very outdated (it has not been updated since the original release in 1985) so some cultural points are not entirely relevant, require expansion or are altogether absent. Saying that, the book is interesting and useful for a tourist going to Japan, plus unlike other phrasebooks it is very well illustrated.
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