Beyond Polite Japanese: A Dictionary of Japanese Slang and Colloquialisms

Beyond Polite Japanese: A Dictionary of Japanese Slang and Colloquialisms

by Akihiko Yonekawa
     
 

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The perfect guide to speaking real Japanese

Beyond Polite Japanese offers more than 500 words and phrases for those who want to take a step beyond Japanese textbooks and speak like a native without spending decades in the country. Many of the entries cover traditional slang, while other entries take up more contemporary usage. Slang-forming prefixes and suffixes

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The perfect guide to speaking real Japanese

Beyond Polite Japanese offers more than 500 words and phrases for those who want to take a step beyond Japanese textbooks and speak like a native without spending decades in the country. Many of the entries cover traditional slang, while other entries take up more contemporary usage. Slang-forming prefixes and suffixes are also presented, as well as phrases that are commonly slurred, proving elusive to the foreign ear. Literal meanings, notes on usage, and etymology are included for greater understanding.

Outgrowing polite Japanese is not easy, but with the help of Beyond Polite Japanese, it can be attained. The helpful guide is also a welcome break from the standard fare found in Japanese textbooks.

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"An indispensable reference ... as you switch on the TV to watch a cop show or a soap opera." -Asahi Evening News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784770027733
Publisher:
Kodansha International
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Pages:
173
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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AKIHIKO YONEKAWA is a professor at Baika Women's College in Osaka.

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