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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Bilingual edition (6 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764572059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764572050
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.2 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Hundreds of useful phrases at your fingertips

Speak Japanese instantly!

Shopping. Ordering dinner. Chatting about the weather. Talking about your family. Dealing with emergencies. Whether you’re a traveler or student, this handy Japanese phrase book makes everyday communication a breeze!

Discover how to:

  • Get directions, shop, and eat out
  • Talk numbers, dates, time, and money
  • Chat about family and work
  • Discuss sports and the weather
  • Deal with problems and emergencies

About the Author

Eriko Sato is a lecturer of Japanese language at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she received her PhD degree in linguistics. She also is the Founding Director of the Pre–College Japanese Language Program as well as the Executive Director of the Japan Center at the same university. When she started her graduate work in 1988, she decided to devote her career to Japanese–language education and research. She studied Japanese and English linguistics and foreign languages, including Chinese, French, and Korean, to prepare herself to be a teacher and researcher who understands students linguistic backgrounds and difficulties. She has written many articles for linguistic and education journals, and she has written three books on Japanese language: a textbook for young children, a textbook for college students, and a manual for Japanese/English translators.


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Just looked at my copy before a meeting this week where it could have been handy and noticed that it goes from page 1 to 46 then back to 1 and then to 46 again and then 103 to the end. Sods law that the section I wanted wasn't there! I've no doubt the rest of the book is ok.
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Puts the sentences together for every situation you will come across on a visit to Japan
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I have read many teach yourself language guides, and have to say that this book is truly exceptional. It is small enough to be carried everywhere you go, so you can dip into it while you are waiting for a train or bus. The style is informal and friendly. At first the Japanese language can seem very strange, however after reading this book, you realise that the pronunciation of vowels and syllables is not that different to English. What really sets this book apart is the bracketed pronunciation guide for every word, so that you can practise how to say these words correctly. I particularly liked the informal and friendly style. Eriko Sato will say things like "no matter how much you love your shigoto (shee-go-to; job), your life can't be entirely healthy if it consists only of work. Set some time aside for rekurieshon (rek-koo-ree-ehh-shon; recreation). Expanding your interests will make you an even more interesting and attractive person."

So there we have it. A concise, erudite, comprehensive, language guide with enough phrases for most people to be able to get by in Japan, but also an entertaining and beautifully written book.
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Although similar to the larger Japanese for dummies book (which I have read and is a decent Japanese teaching book), this is not a phrasebook, it just includes lessons and learning of individual words, numbers, verb tables and explanations of Japanese language. I looked through the book briefly and sent it back. The title states phrases but in looking through the book I couldn't see any phrases.
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If you want a phrase book you can dip in to and find just a phrase for the right situation then this perhaps is not the book for you, although those phrases can be found. The fact that the phrase is given in Japanese first with the English afterwards does not make this the easiest to use, to my mind.
If you are to spend some time in Japan and want/need to understand the basic construction of the language without going in to the depths, then this probably IS the right book for you as it takes the time to explain the simpler constructs of the language.
This is a book that needs to be read, or even studied, rather than used to pick out phrases to get by day to day.
The author's knowledge is apparent throughout, but the presentation could be simplified to make it more accessible.
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Very helpful quick guide. Was very helpful in getting grips with the grammar as i am dyslexic and sometimes get a bit lost.
Very much Japanese more or less as it is spoken, my Japanese friends thought it was a hoot!
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This is really must have book if you want to learn some quick Japanese phrases. Mind you it would not give you an A in a school test, you need more for that. But it is very helpful for first steps in the language.
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i've not read much on this one as its more of the sort you take away on holiday with you, but none the less usefull
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