Eriko Sato, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Japan Center and the founding director of the Pre-College Japanese Language Program at The University of New York at Stony Brook. She is the author of Contemporary Japanese and Japanese For Dummies.
Japanese Demystifiedby Eriko Sato
Say sayonara to your fears of speaking Japanese!
Interested in learning to speak Japanese but feel intimidated by the complex characters and pronunciations? No need to worry! Even if your only experience is ordering sushi, Japanese Demystified will have you saying konnichiwa to your new language skills in no time./em>/em>/p>/strong>/em>
Say sayonara to your fears of speaking Japanese!
Interested in learning to speak Japanese but feel intimidated by the complex characters and pronunciations? No need to worry! Even if your only experience is ordering sushi, Japanese Demystified will have you saying konnichiwa to your new language skills in no time.
Beginning with a review of Japanese writing systems, basic pronunciation, and everyday expressions, this book covers key grammar fundamentals such as particles, nouns, verb forms, and honorifics. You'll build your Japanese vocabulary with essential words and phrases and quickly master this challenging language. Test yourself at the end of every chapter for reinforcement that you're fast on your way to speaking, writing, and understanding Japanese.
This fast and easy guide features:
- Clear and straightforward explanations of Japanese grammar fundamentals
- Numerous examples of simple and complex sentence structures
- Japanese hiragana, katakana, and kanji with phonetic transliterations for all Japanese words
- Helpful writing and speaking exercises that bring the Japanese language to life
- Coverage of everyday topics as well as conversational expressions
- Quizzes at the end of each chapter to reinforce new material
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for a more experienced student, Japanese Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this complex language.
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Overall I found this book to be very well written and informative, and for beginners I think this book would be a great asset to have. First, the amount of information you're given is wonderful. It covers a lot, but each chapter goes by surprisingly fast which I think would be nice for someone who doesn't have a lot of free time on their hands. Second, to my knowledge everything is very accurate. Though I'm in no way an expert at speaking Japanese, I did have some knowledge of the language prior to getting this book, and everything I've seen so far is correct. On the downside, and this is why I only give it four stars instead of five, I feel it went through learning Hiragana and Katakana a little too fast. It basically gives you charts of the Kana and then has you practice writing words by looking at the chart. It in no way helps you to memorize the characters, and it doesn't even cover proper stroke order. What I recommend is to also get the Let's Learn books by Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura which go very in depth with learning Kana. It may be more than you initially wanted to buy, but learning Hiragana and Katakana is a crucial part of learning the Japanese language (seeing as the use of Romaji in Japan is quite rare), and the Let's Learn books will make sure you thoroughly know and understand both. You might also want to buy flashcards which I found helped tremendously when I was trying to learn the Kana. I bought the Tuttle flashcards along with Japanese Demystified and the Let's Learn books, and I really liked the fact that they have vocabulary and example sentences along with all the Kana. But if you've already learned the Kana, Japanese Demystified should pose no problem for you in that department.
This book builds an excellent foundation in the Japanese language. But the thing is, you don't stop learning after you finish the book. Take advantage of the foundation this book has built for you. Right after finishing, I was able to go and begin reading Raw manga. Reading raw manga endlessly improved my comprehension rate, and increased my vocabulary a ton. This book does not cover radicals and kanji though. You would need 100 extra pages for that, or a separate textbook. But before going into kanji, this book is a MUST for any self-teaching students.
The content of the ebook doesn't matter, because the formatting makes the entire thing extremely difficult to read. If you change the font size in your settings it only changes the Roman characters and the kana and Kanji remain illegibly small and overlap with the Roman characters. The publisher default settings are set in this overlapping unreadable way. Very poorly designed. Worthless purchase. I wish I could get a refund.
priced at 105.00 and book is listed for 21.95 why such a difference and currently have one in my possession.
Its quite a bit of reading. Really difficult to get the pronunciation right but if you can use other sources this book can help a lot. I find myself wanting to try an actual conversation now.