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Japanese for Everyone: A Functional Approach to Daily Communications
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- Publisher: Japan Publications (USA) (August 1, 1990)
- ISBN: 0870408534
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 25 reviews.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
great book, but you need the tapes, which aren't available, February
As a third generation Japanese-American, my parents thought it'd be
good for me--in conjunction with my Monday through Friday public,
American schooling-- to supplement my education with some Saturday
Japanese classes as well. So every Saturday for two years, I went to
Japanese school. That was almost twenty years ago, and I hardly remember
Now that I'm older and appreciate the value of learning about my
heritage (including the language), I was driven to purchase this book.
Partly: a) as a refresher course and b) partly as new instruction.
After purchasing other books in the past, and some of those, "speak
Japanese" CD's. This is the only book I've found that includes romaji,
hiragana, katakana and some kanji. It's clearly laid-out, has a
fantastic dictionary and reference charts in the front and back of the
book. I think that persons interested in learning Japanese that have no
prior instruction would find it a great resource.
There is a MAJOR problem with this book being sold on ... though:
throughout the book, they make mention of "listening to the tapes".
Being that ... doesn't sell the tapes (in fact, no one does. I had to
special order them from the publisher directly in Japan), I've been
finding it very difficult to make it through the lessons.
I think that ... should somehow acquire the tapes to sell in
conjunction with the book, or you should hire someone who's fluent in
Japanese to help you!
All in all, it's a great book, and I'm looking forward to getting my
tapes from the publisher in about a month.
Shame on ... for not catching this problem!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
book.. reflects how Japanese works., January 31, 2002
Ok, first of all, you *must* learn hiragana & katakana to use this
book. I recommend getting James Heisig's book on learning both.
That said, this book jumps right into Japanese, and assumes you will
*work* to learn the language. Each chapter, assuming you do the
exercises will take several days. But they are well worth it.
One great thing this book does is use realistic Japanese
conversational structures. Most books use convoluted (to the japanese
ear) but educational (to the learner) sentences. This book always
presents a "typical" japanese construct (as well as the more educational
One disappointing thing with this book is that I have not been able
to locate the tapes that go with it. Other than that, this is a great
book to learn japanese with (tho you have to be willing to work hard!)
Avg. Customer Review:
Totally Awesome book!!!, October 19, 2004
Learning japanese is one of my life ambitions, and using this work is
really the way to go. I have been trying many other methods over the
years and this one really comes easy.
The totally lack of romanji is the first thing that caught my eye. By
chapter 6 all romanji is eliminated, even of the vocab. It is really
super important that people wanting to learn japanese get over this
The pace is a bit fast, but not overwhelming. If you don't catch the
word the first time that are plenty of opportunities later in other
chapters to get it again.
The "story" is really nice to have as a sort of tie-in theme for the
book. You follow Micheal and Babara Webb as they transfer to a company
in Japan. The graphics are cute and really take the edge off the complex
I do have some problems with the text, as amazing as it is. The main one
is not the lack of tapes, but the use of words in sentences that haven't
been introduced yet. I will be reading along and there will be a word in
kanji that doesn't have furigana and isn't anywhere in the bottom
(although this mainly happens when reading the scripts). I have been
using the dictionary in the back more times than I can count.
One other beef on the book is the sometimes they are have answers in the
back that they don't explain why a certain word is used over another.
In conclusion, this is defientely one of the best ways to learn
reading/writing Japanese. The amount of excerises is amazing, really
making each chapter about 10-15 hours long, no kinding aside. If you can
actually complete the book then reading young adult fiction/manga is
probably not a out of reach.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
text, but the vocab?, September 10, 2004
Having formally studied Spanish, French, and German before
undertaking a self-study of Japanese, I know what I like in a language
text, and this is it. The author presents concepts in a logical manner
with good explanations. He also transitions the student from romaji to
the kana (and kanji) at a reasonable pace.
I've been cramming this book at the somewhat harried rate of one chapter
per week in preparation for a trip to Japan. Each chapter requires about
10-12 hours of study. I'd recommend ten days to two weeks per chapter to
allow time for side-study of conversation (eg. with CDs such as Pimsleur)
and writing (kana and kanji). At this pace, you could complete the book
in about a year.
My only complaint (other than the oft-mentioned lack of audio tapes) is
that the author introduces vocabulary in a questionalbe order. Many
words of limited use are introduced before more common words.
Additionally, the author often will use a word in an example before or
without introducing it, but thankfully it's always in the short
dictionary at the end of the book. Hopefully, as I form a better
foundation of vocabulary, these issues will cease to matter.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
for serious students only, May 12, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
This is definitely not Japanese for everyone. If you are very serious
about learning Japanese and have lots of time and dedication, then this
may be the book for you. Each lesson is crammed with new concepts and
exercises and could take a week or more to work through. The book uses
Romanji (English alphabet) only in the first three lessons and expects
you to learn the Japanese phonetic scripts (hirogana and katakana) on
your own. While this is possible, it takes real effort. Moreover, it
slows down considerably the understanding of the structure of the
language. Unless you are dedicated to learning written Japanese, it
would be better to use a text that uses at least a mixture of English
and Japanese script.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
fast, December 8, 2002
Japanese for everyone is a very helpfull book for those who wanna
learn japanese. Because of the low use of romaji u can read the japanese
characters (katakana, hiragana and Kanji) in no-time. Answers to the
exercises are in the last few pages in the book. There is also an short
dictionary in it. Also, if you don't want to buy the tapes for listening
exercises you can read the tapes in the book to!
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