- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (1 May 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770020384
- ISBN-13: 978-4770020383
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.8 x 18 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,284,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese for Professionals Paperback – 1 May 1998
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About the Author
The Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT) has been recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Ministry of Education since 1977. It was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists on Japan but who wish to communicate effectively in Japanese. In 1992 the Association was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize.
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Twelve Situations with an opening dialogue, vocabulary, essential expressions (my favorite part for review), example dialogues, and practice (hardly use this at all for self-study). The focus is on speaking.
-Asking for Opinions, Asking Questions
-Expressing an Opinion
-Laying the Groundwork (a proposal--truncated without essential expressions!)
-After Five (another one without essential expressions)
-The Japanese Employment System (truncated chapter that could have used more content, especially the essential expressions)
The vocabulary and expressions are useful, explained well, and put into many different contexts so that you become familiar with them. It is a great book to have handy if you are an intermediate student headed into the business world, or an advanced one wanting to review. It would have been perfect if it had come with a CD!
If you do not have extensive experience in Japanese (understand how to read kanji, etc.) this book may be too advanced. Even still, it provides good vocabulary explanations, so you may be able to use it.
Content covers all the basics, such as formal introductions, as well as helpful ideas for document writing and the like.