- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Learn From Zero; 5th Edition edition (22 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976998122
- ISBN-13: 978-0976998129
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.8 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Methods to Learn Japanese with Integrated Workbook and Online Support Paperback – 22 Aug 2014
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About the Author
George Trombley is a professional Japanese interpreter who over the past 16 years has interpreted at corporations such as Microsoft, IBM, NTT DoCoMo, Lucent Technologies, and in countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
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Top Customer Reviews
Such an awesome book... highly recommend.
This style might not seem very good for people who learnt Hiragana and Katakana through rote learning, and then using one of the more traditional books. There is nothing wrong with that. But I think that this book does a good job of making Japanese accessible to people like me, who looked at Japanese as being something totally different to previous language learning.
There is a strong argument for learning Hiragana and Katakana and ditching Romaji (our alphabet) from the beginning. However, in addition to learning how to nail the Hiragana, vocabulary is also consolidated along the way. Nonetheless, whilst there are perks to this style, there are negatives. Specifically, no audio material.
That said, the author has made videos that accompany the chapters, and there is a website with quizzes. The videos are alright as I find the author quite funny. But he has one of those personalities and styles that will not sit well with all learners. On the whole - this is a unique Japanese textbook that worked for me.
I would recommend it for
- People who find new writing systems overcoming
- People who have the time to supplement this material with a tutor or a Japanese friend.
- For people who need their textbooks to be fun, friendly and nicely designed.
Not for people who
- Like traditional/serious looking textbooks
- People who are preparing for total immersion.
- People who find dudes who like anime and dorky culture irritating
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you really are starting from zero, this is probably a good book.
However, I personally found the system of teaching confusing: I think it tries to teach too many things at... Read more
I've been using this book alongside the JFZ online course, which is very useful for audio clips of everything you will be covering in the book. It is very reasonable too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Bingham
Very good book. Lessons are easy to understand and are very interactive. Teaches you useful phrases along with each lesson and also gives culture tips so you sound like an actual... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blake R.
Great starting point for learning, am about half way through and am already quite impressed in how much I've learnt over a short space of time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SD
I can't give enough praise to this book and it's authors!
I have tried to learn Japanese on and off over the years using various means. Read more