- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Learn From Zero; 3 edition (21 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976998130
- ISBN-13: 978-0976998136
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.9 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Japanese From Zero! 3: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals Paperback – 21 May 2015
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About the Author
George Trombley is a professional Japanese interpreter who over the past 16 years has interpreted for corporations such as Microsoft, IBM, NTT DoCoMo, Lucent Technologies, and in countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to Japanese, George has also co-authored the Korean From Zero! series and consulted on Chinese, French, and Spanish language books. Yukari Takenaka moved from Himeji, Japan to the United States, and taught Japanese for over 10 years while co-authoring custom lessons for students that eventually became the basis of the Japanese From Zero! book series. Prior to becoming an author, Yukari worked in Japan as a professional in the medical industry. She continues to write Japanese related materials to support her passion for teaching Japanese.
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Subject matter is again relevant and interesting.
Where the book is let down is the suddent introduction of words or uesage of words that have not yet appeared in the text. One phrase, for example, is casually thrown in some 8 chapters too early. In addition there are spelling mistakes in both English and more critically (considering the nature of the book) in Japanese too.
So a good product marred by some very clumsy editing, but still with the same effective style of presentation shared by the earlier books in the series.
Another minor criticism is some of the choice of vocabulary. I find it odd that "North Pole" and "Equator" were needed at this stage! However, it could be argue they were just contextual to the stories being presented.
It also makes use of the informal style in places that, in fairness, wasn't really covered so well in Book 2. This may require a serious revisit by readers.
I am giving it 4 stars but it only just scrapes the 4th one.
Incidentally I can recommend their website, although it's pay-by-month. If you can afford to pay for just a single month you will get valuable exposure to native Japanese speakers. I found that a very good resource to accompany this series.
Books 4 and 5 appear to be on hold, but do appear in electronic form on the site.
i own about a dozen different ones, but i would certainly recommend this one to get started with