Taeko Kamiya is a internationally recognized linguist, teacher and author. She studied at Doshisha Women's College (Kyoto) before receiving Masters degrees from the University of San Francisco in education and from Monterey Institute of International Studies in linguistics. She taught Japanese for twenty-five years at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and has written several critically acclaimed books about the Japanese Language.
Speak Japanese Today: A Self-Study Course for Learning Everyday Spoken Japaneseby Taeko Kamiya
Beginning Japanese learners are often intimidated by the oddly shaped Japanese Characters (kanji and kana)/i>/i>
This self-study book is an perfect choice for learning Japanese quickly. Speak Japanese Today is ideal for students, business people and travelers. It offers the option to learn beginner Japanese in a short time without compromising on quality.
Beginning Japanese learners are often intimidated by the oddly shaped Japanese Characters (kanji and kana) and exotic-sounding pronunciations, but Speak Japanese Today breaks down the Japanese language and presents it to you in twenty short and concise lessons and two review chapters that are specially designed to be absorbed quickly and stay in your long-term memory. Only the most commonly spoken Japanese translations of key phrases are included, allowing you to maximize your time.
Included in this book are:
- Everyday key vocabulary.
- Real-life dialogs—taken from actual Japanese speakers!.
- Important and useful grammar points.
- Extensive review exercises.
- An expanded appendix including pronunciation charts and grammar rules.
- Japanese to English and English to Japanese indexes for quick word look-up and reference.
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Overall it seems like a good book; but if you are completly new to the Japanese language it may seem like you are diving into the language too fast. The character that they use in the chart at the beginning is not the Hirigana character- which they may have been better using when you're not even ten pages into the book. However, later on the Hirigana character for "o" is introduced while giving the meaning of good-morning. I also find that it would be hard to understand when you have both Hirigana and Katakana mixed togeter in the chart in the beginning. I think that Hiragana and Katakana should of been taught seprately instead of being combined. I also feel that periodically between new words being popped up and you having to repeat them over and over, that there should of been some sort of check up/review on the Hiragana (which is usually taught first). I think that because what if the reader had not memorized the chart as they were asked? We're all slackers at heart. It took me a good share of my time just to memorize the vowels and their stroke order. Then each day I would focus on another character in the Hiragana series until I could read each as a seprate sound; even if it did take me a minute or two to recall which character was which. I also think that the book should of followed a likewide order; Hiragana > Simple Hirigana written words > Periodic review > Katakana > Simple Katakana written words > Review > Introduction to Kanji > Review on Hiragana and Katakana > Combining the two > A more in detailed look at Kanji etc. I'm terribley sorry fir rambling on and on; but also keep in mind that I have my own views, that I've been studying Japanese for quite some time and an planning to go over there as an exchange student in few years to come, and that I have yet to see the pains of this world due to my age being twelve.
Im 12 and have loved japan for as long as i can remember i found this book an thought it was exstemly usefull. If you are learning like me i do highly recimnd getting it.i hope it helps you
I need to know if this is a good book. I speak a little japanese