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Colloquial Japanese provides a step-by-step course in Japanese as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Japanese in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Key features include:
• progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
• structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar
• an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises
• realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios
• useful vocabulary lists throughout the text
• additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary and bilingual glossaries
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Japanese will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Japanese.
The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.
Paperback: 978-0-415-19478-5 (please note this does not include the audio)
CDs : 978-0-415-27911-6eBook: 978-0-203-98691-2 (please note this does not include the audio, available from www.tandfebooks.com)
MP3s: 978-0-415-47080-3 (available from www.tandfebooks.com)
Pack : 978-0-415-45391-2 (paperback and CDs)
Posted November 7, 2006
I can definitely recommend this book for beginners you will start learning Japanese script from the first chapter, which is crucial, most other beginner books do not teach the script system or introduces it very late into the course. Some grammatical parts are too lightly treated, but besides that, there are plenty enough reading passages and the exercises are very good I have to say. If you are new to the Subject-Object-Verb order, you might need supporting material on basic Japanese grammar, I studies Korean before Japanese so I had that advantage. The book only teaches you about 200 kanji symbols, the Chinese-derived script, so for a more complete treatment you would have to supplement with a book on Kanji or kanji cards. Overall this is a very good place to start.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.