Japanese for Dummies

Japanese for Dummies

Book - 2013
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Author and Professor of Japanese Eriko Sato introduces the essentials of Japanese grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the Japanese language, before showing you Japanese in action. You'll also discover social customs, formalities, and manners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present. Includes vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary, and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. :, Wiley,, 2013.
Edition: 2nd Edition.
ISBN: 9781118130711
1118130715
Branch Call Number: 495.6834 Sato
Characteristics: xx, 382 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm +,1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)

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Jectoons
Jul 08, 2017

It's ok. The info seems to be all over the place, and I get that the point of these "for dummies" books is to offer some sort of crash course on various topics. I also get hat the effects of these crash courses are subjective depending on the person learning, and for me they don't work.

In my particular case, I think they should begin by giving you not only the Hiragana and Katakana, but the task of repeating them until you learn them, and then getting rid of all romaji in the rest of the book. (Yes, I know the author mentions that it's ok to not learn Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji and just use romaji, but I think that's just lazy learning. Then again, that's just me).

I also think that the author brings up kanji too early in the game and forces you to continually "cheat" by looking at the romaji "translations", never allowing you to learn unless you black them out (which I couldn't do because it's a library book. If I were to buy it, that might work, but I'm not interested now).

The information seems to be on point, even if it throws random things at you from the very beginning, along with complex, convoluted sentence structures that in my opinion hinder your learning. Again, not for me, but still I see how some people would benefit from it.

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Jul 08, 2017

Jectoons thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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