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  • 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)
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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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I've been trying to learn Japanese for about two months in my spare time but i don't get a lot of free time between being at college and working a full time job! This book has been a fantastic resource in that it slowly introduces the language in Romaji (english lettering) and slowly replaces it with Japanese characters. I've also found that i can remember words and phrases really well as they're repeated throughout the book, unlike others which teach you a phrase and never speak of it again! Not only does it teach you phrases but it also teaches you how to write the characters too through work pages which i've found so helpful! I've tried learning other languages before but i feel like i'm really getting it with Japanese... i actually understood some of dialogue on the anime i was watching the other day!
Such an awesome book... highly recommend.
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I first went through this book in 2014 in preparation for Japan. It adopts a unique style that slowly introduces the learner to the first Japanese writing style, hiragana. By the end of the book the learner should know Hiragana, the building blocks of Japanese grammar, markers, and how to conjugate basic verbs. There are some decent historical references and the book is well-designed.

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
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I purchased this book a couple of weeks ago and I am just about to begin Lesson 5. Firstly, I never expected to get as far as I have done with speaking and writing Japanese in such a short space of time. The book is very cleverly put together in my opinion, the way that you learn grammar and sentence structure early on helps build brilliant foundations. The book is also very neat in teaching you Hiragana, and then using that to teach you more vocabulary whilst you practice writing your characters. I would fully recommend this book and have found any questions that might pop up as I go along are almost always addressed in the youtube videos which are entertaining, helpful and motivational.
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This book is a very effective method of learning hiragana. You will learn how to speak, read and write in Japanese. I definitely recommend.
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Fantastic book. Great lessons explained in a way that makes it easy to understand. A definite help to learning Japanese. I'd definitely recommend it
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Really good book with cultural and grammar explanation. Really good audio assistence and tips for Hiragana writing with information about variations.
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Great book , fantastic teacher , Makes learning this language fun and interesting and can't wait to get started on book 2.
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Thank you so much and I can't wait to get a copy of the second book.
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