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Very useful when used in addition to serious text books.
on 28 May 2007
Most grammar books stick to what they do best, explaining the essential grammar, beyond this there comes a point where you need to learn how to manipulate the language. This is what 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese does, the author guides the reader how to think and get a feel for Japanese rather than to simply memorize more vocabulary and grammatical patterns.
For example Giles Murray encourages the reader to use substitute expressions if the first expression doesn't come to mind. The book is shorter than I expected however it doesn't overwhelm the reader unnecessary stuff that has probably already been covered in most grammar books. There are 13 short chapters, clear explanations drilling the essentials to fluent conversation in a clear and concise manner. Since reading this book, it has given me greater confidence in finding ways of expressing myself and thinking in Japanese.
This is a great book in itself which I highly recommend as additional material. Although the content of the book is slightly limited for the price it seems reasonable. This book provides great benefits but I still need to further material to improve my conversational skills so will be purchasing "How to Sound Intelligent in Japanese".