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Posted February 20, 2010
Japanese in 10 minutes a day
This book is great for learning a new language quickly for traveling to another country.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I have this book in Italian and Spanish as well. The Italian one helped a lot when I went to Italy but to truly understand Italians speaking to you is hard unless you get a cd as well. I will be traveling to Japan so hopefully this book helps me as much as the Italian one did!
Posted August 21, 2009
Learn Japanese in 10 Minutes a Day
This book was sooo easy to understand, and it really helped me learn the language! After a couple of weeks, I was able to speak several sentences and describe myself and my surroundings. My Japanese teacher was very impressed and wanted to know where I learned all the Japanese! This book is PERFECT if you want to learn a language fast and easily! I would recommend any books from the Learn in 10 Minutes a Day series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2007
I would recommend this title as a beginning for people who want to actually learn the japanese language rather than just enough to get by on vacation. It is essentialy reminds me of a childrens book, with its japanses language activities, like crosswards and matching. It is a very good interduction to the language. Pages have topics such as Counting, money, colors,traffic signs, time and dates, clothing, food, shopping, ordering, etc (the basics). At the bottom of the page are words that you should learn and practice. I can honestly say that this book made my introduction to japanese very easy and enjoyable. This book didn't make japanese a bore to learn it actually made it fun, and the flashcards and stickers made it easy for me to review the information that I picked up in the book. If you are wanting to actually learn japanese this is a great starting point, but it is not the only book you will need, its a great into to the harder books out there (you know the ones where you can read the first page and be competely lost and confused).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2003
Don't buy this if you want to go to Japan!
As my wife and I began to plan for our impending trip to Japan we picked up this book from our favorite bookstore (B&N). Now that we have been here for a few months we realize that the conversational Japanese we were hoping to get a head start on can not be learned from this book. Much of the vocabulary is irrelevant and not useful in day to day events like going to the store. (Why, for instance, would you need to know how to talk about the rooms in your house?) The one positive is the Menu. This is actually quite helpful, and since it is sold separately it is worth the small price tag. As an alternative to 'Japanese in 10 Minutes a Day' may I suggest 'Collins Shubun's English-Japanese Dictionary.' A brief introduction as to how the language works, great text notes, and everyday phrases in the back have made this a book that has gotten daily use here in Japan. In addition to telling you the 'romanji' transliteration it shows you the Kanji as well (very helpful when showing an entry to a Japanese friend). 'Japanese for Busy People' is another good introduction to the language. A real gem, if you can find one, is the American Field Services Japanese textbook. You'll need a Japanese-English dictionary to go with it, but it is the best text I've yet seen. In conclusion 'Japanese in 10 Minutes a Day' is fun if you are bored and looking for something to do, but if you are planning to come to Japan do not hope to get very much help from this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2002
A GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN!!!!
this book, and actually the others in this series, are great first steps in language learning. The student can decide exactly what their personal language goals are, and choose how to pursue them. If you are just going to travel, and need a few lines to survive--COMPLEX GRAMMER ISNT NECESSARY!!! this book will be just enough for you... if you are serious about language fluency, a good foundation of vocabulary and sentence formation are provided with correct pronunciation. An invaluable foundation when progressing to formal classes or more complex books because the grammar wont be such a strange and mystifying experience!!! IT BECOMES FAMILIAR!!! Most importantly, you can begin expressing basic ideas from the start-- perfect if you are lucky enough to have opportunites for practice-- which are always better than any single book could be!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.