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on 30 June 1999
I discovered this book when it was used in a beginning Japanese language course at the local county college. I travel back and forth to Japan a lot and missed classes sometimes. I had the book with me most of the time, and almost everyone I talk to in Japan recognizes the book as a popular text for teaching Japanese to foreigners. What I like most about the book is that I didn't have any trouble keeping up with the occasional missed class, because the book is so self-explanatory. You can work through the lessons on your own and get almost as much out of it as you do from the class.
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on 1 May 2005
This book is fundamental for all those who are keen on learning Japanese. The title might seem confusing, but don't worry: this book does not concentrate only on business issues, but gives an introduction into Japanese culture more than anything else. Even though sometimes it includes vocabulary that isn't really necessary at this stage - things like "contractor", or "supplier" - it is a great book. It is not recommendable to buy this book without having first studied the first volume, on which this book is based on. Beware though that this second volume is much harder than the first one. It is all written in kana and it does therefore take much longer to read. Also, each of its 20 lessons introduces a lot of new vocabulary and new grammar rules, so it's not always easy to go through them. However, even though sometimes frustration can come up, the book manages to keep a feasable pace, without giving the reader an information overload.
I strongly recommend to buy also the Workbook in addition to this book, as they both complete each other in an excellent way.
Buy this book if you are serious in learning Japanese. There is no real alternative to it I believe.
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on 16 August 2008
Excellent Japanese language learning book. Amazon keeps prompting me to review this, otherwise I wouldn't have, as there's a new edition out now. The good thing about the new edition is that it comes with an audio CD. With this edition, only the workbook had a CD. The CD covers all the target dialogues and other dialogues. It's a bit dull compred with the likes of, say, Japanese101 Pod (highly recommended), but I think it's beneficial to listen over and over again to the dialogues nevertheless.

I really like the methodolody behind this course. It's a buisness Japanese course but is very much grammar-based. Very well thought-out and organised, and it deserves a lot of praise.

I wouldn't recommed tackling this text alone, but if you go to langauge classes with this as the text and study it alongside a great audio product like the lessons and lesson support from Japanese101 Pod, and a more 'fun', casual Japanese book like Japanese the Manga Way, you should be able to learn quite effectively.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 October 2009
Volume 1
Text: ISBN 4770018827
Text / Kana version: ISBN 4770018974
Cassette Tapes: ISBN 4770018835
Compact discs: ISBN 4770019092
Workbook: ISBN 4770019076
Workbook Cassette Tapes: ISBN 4770017693
Japanese Teacher's Manual: ISBN 4770019068
English Teacher's Manual: ISBN 4770018886

Volume 2
Text: ISBN 4770018843
Text / Kana version: ISBN 4770020511
Cassette Tapes: ISBN 4770021364
Compact discs: ISBN 4770020376
Workbook Cassette Tapes: ISBN 4770021119
Japanese Teacher's Manual: ISBN 4770020368

Volume 3
Text: ISBN 477001886X
Text / Kana version: ISBN 477002052X
Compact discs: ISBN 4770021372
Workbook: ISBN 4770023316
Workbook Cassette Tapes: ISBN 4770023588
Japanese Teacher's Manual: ISBN 4770023065
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on 21 February 2009
Japanese for Busy People 2 is absolutely ideal for anyone in their second or third year of Japanese. It is written completely in hiragana and slowly introduces kanji during each chapter. By the end of the book you should be able to fluently read hiragana, katakana and kanji together in fairly complicated sentences. The pace of this book is pretty fast too, which is really good for medium to intense study. It fits a lot into a little so its not for the faint hearted but for the truly dedicated this book is a gem.
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on 28 July 2014
A prompt delivery and books were in good condition although looking used. Wish this series could be had on kindle. Just not pleased that each book was charged a postage even tho they were on the same order. Comprehensive learning tool if you want to self learn but also excellent used with a teacher.
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on 10 March 2015
Excellent resource for starting intermediate Japanese course. Natural follow up to book 1
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on 24 September 2016
Excellent item.
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on 3 April 2013
It says on the front "The most efective course of spoken everyday Japanese". It is not spoken Japanese at all, it is written Japanese, and is of no use to me what-so-ever. I am trying to learn Japanese, if I can't speak it how am I supposed to to be able to write it?
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