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Ultimate Japanese Basic (Living Language Ultimate Basic-Intermediate Series (Bk Only)) Paperback – Large Print, 30 Sep 2004

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good for Beginner-Intermediate Learners 26 Jun. 2007
By M. Dugan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am admittedly new to learning Japanese (but not, however, new to foreign language study), and these may be caveats to readers of this review.
I have found this book to be very enlightening, and see that a lot of thought and effort have been put into making it. Its forty lessons, eight reviews, and 5 readings provide a wealth of material in considerable breadth and depth, and it presents the student with plenty of Japanese in a methodical, progressive teaching method. Both kana syllabaries are taught, as well as 174 kanji. There is even an interesting article near the end of each article presenting a little bit about Japanese culture.
This is not a college freshman Japanese textbook, and so it goes less into language theory and so forth than that to which college or university students may be accustomed. If there were more I would wish for, it would be more drill. A workbook may have been a good companion for this book.
I mistakenly ordered the text only (and had to order cassettes separately), and would recommend that more serious students considering purchasing this that they get the book and cassettes as a package.
It's a quality book. For as much as it has to offer, considering the reasonableness of its price, I think few who are interested in Japanese language and culture would be disappointed with it.
(From this onward is an amendment of my previous comments):
I still stand by what I wrote above. I may have neglected to note that I am studying Japanese independently, i.e., through self-study. With that qualification having been made, I point out that I have become marginally more aware of Japanese and its usage, nuances, etc., and thus would point out that the author seems to focus on colloquial spoken Japanese, as opposed to written form. I have no vested interest in selling this book, but I still have zero regrets for having purchased it. I hope those interested in Japanese find this review helpful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lot's of practice sentances. little kana. 26 July 2008
By Ruben Llibre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
excelent for setting up lot's of questions to review in whatever Spaced Repetition system you use. contains extremely little kana, almost everything is romanji-sized. that turned me down a lot.
im not sure it's structured for beginners at first.
4.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet....but could improve... 13 Dec. 2015
By R.A.Y. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Hi! I have been struggling with trying to learn Japanese for years. When you don't have anyone to speak to on a daily basis, it is more difficult but I keep trying! I was super stuck until I found this book. It is easy to follow and just made things clear to me. However, I have yet to find a book where the word order in English translation is the same as the Japanese words, e.g. hado o hidari ni magette kudasi should be translated in English to "corner at/left towards/turn/please" and then "Please turn left at the corner". Now it just says "Please turn left at the corner" under the translation. It gets confusing to someone struggling to learn the words and sentence structure in the correct format.

Let me know if you find that this book helps you and if you are struggling with the sentence structure, too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, but not total beginners 10 Dec. 2012
By Lyee - Published on Amazon.com
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I've learned a few other languages before attempting Japanese, and this book is remarkably good and clear (a dictionary would be very handy though). I would recommend this book for someone starting learning Japanese, but maybe not to someone who is new to learning a new language as it dives right into the meat of the basics, so to speak.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with lots of information 17 Mar. 2011
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
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I borrowed this book from the library and found it useful enough that I wanted to have my own copy! It is quite dense, so there is a lot of information in the book, which is useful for someone who intends to learn Japanese for quite a while.
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