Japanese: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 1

Japanese: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 1

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by Eriko Sato

ISBN-10: 0071477268

ISBN-13: 9780071477260

Pub. Date: 05/06/2008

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

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

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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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Pronouncing and Writing Japanese Words
Basic Japanese Sounds and Romaji
The Japanese Writing Systems
Familiar Japanese Words

Chapter 2
Identifying People and Things
Referring to People
Identifying People and Things
Using Demonstratives
Using Everyday Phrases

Chapter 3
Asking Questions
The Question Particle か ka
Asking Who is it?
Asking What is it?
Asking Where is it?
The Japanese-Speaking World

Chapter 4
Describing People and Things
Some Useful Adjectives
Asking How is it?
Creating a Modifier Using a Noun and the Particle の no
Using Numbers 1-10

Chapter 5
Expressing Existence and Location
The Verbs います imasu and あります arimasu
Expressing What Exists
Expressing What You Have
Expressing the Location of People and Things
Using Numbers 11-99



Chapter 6
Expressing Coming and Going
Japanese Verb Forms
Verbs of Coming and Going
Making Suggestions and Invitations
Some Useful Particles
Using Numbers 100-99,999

Chapter 7
Expressing What You Do
Verb Conjugation
Verbs of Activities
Verbs of Giving and Receiving
More About Using Numbers

Chapter 8
Talking About the Past
The Past Tense Forms in the Polite Style
Indefinite Pronouns and Negative Pronouns
Some Useful Particles
Talking about Experiences
Describing People and Things More Specifically
Some Absolute Time Expressions

Chapter 9
Using the Te-Form
Listing Actions and Properties Using the Te-form
Requesting with Te-form + 下さい kudasai
Giving Directions
Te-Form + いる iru

Chapter 10
Asking for Permission
Permission and Prohibition
Obligation and Discretion
Permissibility and Minimal Requirement
Potential and Ability
Sports and Hobbies

Chapter 11
Stating Your Opinions
The Plain Forms of Verbs and Adjectives
Embedded Sentences
Embedded Questions
Expressing "Or"
Some Useful Modals
Asking Why

Chapter 12
Creating Adverbs and Adverbial Clauses
Adverbs Derived from Adjectives
Mimetic Words
Adverbials for Time
Adverbials for Reasons and Causes
Adverbials for Contrast or Contradiction
Adverbials for Purposes
Adverbials for Manner
Chapter 13 Comparing People and Things
Comparing Two Items
Making Superlative Comparisons
Chapter 14 Creating Complex Phrases and Clauses
Auxiliary Verbs and Adjectives that Follow the Stem Form
Creating Complex Modifiers
Creating Sentence-Like Noun Modifiers
Chapter 15 Indicating Changes
Using the VerbsするSuru and なるNaru to Indicate Change
Some Useful Particles
Things You Wear


Chapter 16
Expressing Implication
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Auxiliary Verbs that Follow the Te-form
Expressing One’s Desire
Listing Actions and Properties
Chapter 17 Expressing Attitude
More Useful Modals
Useful Pragmatic Particles
Expressing Free Choice
Plants and Animals
Chapter 18 Considering and Planning Your Actions
Using the Volitional Form
More Terms for Occupations and Professions
Chapter 19 Changing the Perspective
Passive Constructions
Causative Constructions
Causative-Passive Constructions
Chapter 20 Using Honorifics
Japanese Honorifics
Honorific and Humble Verb Forms
Honorific/Polite Noun Forms
Honorific/Polite Adjective Forms
Honorific/Polite Question Words



Appendix A: Sentence Predicates in Japanese
Appendix B: Verb Forms
Japanese-English Glossary
English-Japanese Glossary
Answer Key

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Japanese: A Self-Teaching Guide 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RayOfSunshyne More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 15 days ago
priced at 105.00 and book is listed for 21.95 why such a difference and currently have one in my possession.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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