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Kotowaza, Japanese Proverbs and Sayings Paperback – 24 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (24 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481904310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481904315
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A nice paperback from thejapanesepage.com / theJapanShop.com people. Good layout and text size and suitable for beginners and upper beginners. A free download is available which includes e-books and sound files.

Each of the 50 proverbs is given 2 pages, the first page shows the Kanji, English meaning, hiragana pronunciation, literal meaning and the “Similar to” meaning. The second page has an example sentence, underneath both there is a glossary with the Kanji, roumaji/romaji (?), e.g. “空港で kuukou de – at the airport”, and English meanings. I’m not always sure about the “Similar to” listing, but then I don’t know many proverbs, they may be more familiar to American readers.

The introduction states, “Japanese tend to use kotowaza often-more often than most English speakers. It would therefore be beneficial for you to pepper your vocabulary with these pithy pieces of wisdom.” I just like the book.
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