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Learning Japanese is a challenge. And, as many students find out, memorizing sentence patterns, vocabulary, and lists of kanji doesn't necessarily make it easy to communicate with Japanese people. Barriers of culture and social etiquette can be just as difficult to overcome as problems of grammar. And until now, these aspects of learning to communicate with a new culture could only be learned first hand by trial and error.

Japanese Beyond Words was written to fill this gap, giving you the tools you need to effectively communicate in Japanese, with the Japanese. If you want to become truly competent in Japanese, you will need to know about:

what your clothes say about you

business cards, and why you should be nice to them

when and how to bow

shoes: they're on, they're off, they're on, they're off

what's expected of foreigners (that means you)

circumlocution without dizziness

pronunciation ("read my lips," just doesn't cut it)

how to say no without saying "no"

social uses of politeness . . . and rudeness

behavior at parties and other social gatherings

English in Japanese, and Japanese in English

the differences between men and women (you don't know as much as you think)

Long-time Japan resident Andrew Horvat presents these and many, many more topics through a wealth of experience, research, and anecdote. Entertaining, opinionated, as well as educational, Japanese Beyond Words will help you to walk, talk, slurp, and bow your way to cultural (as well as linguistic) fluency in Japanese.

A Tokyo-based writer and broadcaster for many years, Andrew Horvat has been a fellow at the National Foreign Language Center in Washington DC (1997), at Stanford University's Center for East Asian Studies (1994/95), and at Simon Fraser University's David Lam Centre for International Communication (1990). His research into the increased international use of the Japanese language was supported in 1994/95 by the Abe Shintaro Fund. He is a member of the Japan Foundation's advisory committee on the teaching of Japanese as a second language.

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Learn language secrets that are the key to natural speech and winning Japanese.

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An entertaining and educational guide for students, tourists, and people in business.

Synopsis:

Japanese Beyond Words How to Walk and Talk Like a Native Speaker Andrew Horvat Lively anecdotes and smart observations on over 70 often-overlooked areas of physical and situational communication in Japanese (gestures, bowing, humor, visiting, socializing, disagreeing). This material is rarely covered in classrooms, but is key to natural and effective communication. Japanese Beyond Words is the perfect classroom complement to standard texts, and can equally hold the interest of anyone interested language and culture.

About the Author

Andrew Horvat took his Master's degree in Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. During his distinguished career as a journalist specializing in East Asian affairs, he has been a reporter for the Associated Press, Asia Correspondent for Southam News, Tokyo Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and The Independent, and Tokyo Bureau Chief for American Public Radio.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781880656426
Author:
Horvat, Andrew
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
Japanese
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Japanese language
Subject:
Intercultural communication
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
National characteristics, Japanese
Subject:
General Foreign Language Study
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
89-4
Publication Date:
March 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 8.5 oz

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Learn language secrets that are the key to natural speech and winning Japanese.
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"Synopsis" by , Japanese Beyond Words How to Walk and Talk Like a Native Speaker Andrew Horvat Lively anecdotes and smart observations on over 70 often-overlooked areas of physical and situational communication in Japanese (gestures, bowing, humor, visiting, socializing, disagreeing). This material is rarely covered in classrooms, but is key to natural and effective communication. Japanese Beyond Words is the perfect classroom complement to standard texts, and can equally hold the interest of anyone interested language and culture.
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