Compiled by Japanologist/author Boyé Lafayette De Mente, "Speak Japanese Today" is designed for anyone who comes into contact with Japanese and wants to communicate with them in their own language.
The first portion of the book provides an introduction to the pronunciation of Japanese and an easy overview of the structure of the language. It also includes basic greetings, farewells, telling time, everyday expressions about the weather, giving directions, telling distances, counting, money, telephoning and much more.
"Speak Japanese Today" is unique in that it also provides vocabulary and sentences for airline pilots, stewardesses, Immigration officials, Customs officials, hotel staff, restaurant staff, bartenders, shop clerks, taxi drivers, tour guides, doctors, people hosting Japanese students, and more. With a little practice, a person can communicate as many as 500 key concepts using only a 100-word vocabulary. "Speak Japanese Today" contains more than 700 key words" which is close to the total number of words most people use in their own language in the course of a day.
All of the words and expressions in the book are given in Romanized Japanese along with an easy-to-master pronunciation phonetic system that uses standard English. Just pronounce the phonetics as if they were English, and the sounds come out "in Japanese!"