This guide to speaking conversational Japanese uses many methods to make learning easier such as comic strips, dialogues and an MP3 Audio CD that allows beginners to hear the pronunciations of native speakers. Toyozato is the founder of a language school for English speakers in Okinawa, and he starts with tutorials on basic sentence structures that use Japanese cultural touchstones for more natural conversational skills. Exercises and reviews are included at the conclusion of each chapter as well. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Tuttle Pub
A sensible learning tool, this book enables beginners to learn a functional knowledge of spoken Japanese in just daysJapanese for Beginners is a straightforward learning guide which enables beginners to pick up a function knowledge of spoken Japanese very quickly and easily.
Specifically designed to teach spoken Japanese as it is used in daily life rather than in a formal setting, Japanese for Beginners
is perfect for a tourist or business person traveling to Japan or a student who wants to learn Japanese rapidly and effectively. Up-to-date and concise, it features the most well respected and proven approach available. Full lessons break down the more difficult aspects of the Japanese language such as pronunciation and grammar, while the MP3 and audio CD
allows for listening comprehension and practice. The writing element focuses on the easy-to-read Latin script (romanji
) rather than on the more difficult Japanese script (kanji and kana
), cutting down on the time it takes between starting the book and being able to speak Japanese.
Key features of Japanese for Beginners
- Practical Japanese phrases help you converse with ease.
- Comic strips (Japanese manga) and dialogues bring Japanese to life.
- Exercises help you to practice speaking and listening.
- MP3 audio CD features native Japanese speakers to help you pronounce Japanese like a pro.
Thousands of people need to communicate in Japanese for practical reasons, but don't have the time or opportunity to devote the many years it takes to study Japanese formally. By providing a firm grounding in Japanese sentence structure, using dialogues that reflect authentic Japanese culture and comic strips that emphasize conversations and humor, Tuttle Japanese for Beginners
will soon have you on your way to becoming conversational in Japanese. When you consider that the Japanese language is spoken by 125 million people worldwide, and Japan is the world's third largest economy, the advantages of speaking Japanese become clear!