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on 26 January 2009
I'm not sure the title of this book really does it justice, and I would suggest having a look at the preview to get a feel for what the book is like.

This book is structured vaguely like a thesaurus going through shades of feeling from slightly liking through to various kinds of love, to really hating, as well as some examples of sarcasm and irony. The example phrases are not just applicable to romantic relationships, but can be used to talk about family, friends, or even just general conversation.

The example sentences range from very formal sayings such as well-known and often-used Bible quotations, through to very informal conversational Japanese that is not often found in standard text books.

Quite how you assimilate all the information in here and put it to regular use is perhaps a bit trickier, as there are no practice exercises and no real lesson format.

This is not really a text book as such, more of a useful addition to learning the language at an Intermediate level onwards. The examples are given in Japanese and then Romaji, then the English translation. Some of the more idiomatic expressions are also given a literal translation, which is quite useful for understanding them.

Although the book states that it can be used for beginners, I think it will be of limited use for anyone on a short visit to Japan, or with just a passing interest in the language.
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