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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

DeMYSTiFieD makes learning Japanese a no-brainer!

Demystified Japanese provides you with a friendly, non-intimidating method that takes the confusion out of learning the language, walking you step by step through the fundamentals andmoving on to more advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with a self-test that allows you to track your progress, and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the book gives you instant feedback on new language skills.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction
PART 1 IDENTIFYING PEOPLE AND THINGS

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 ¿ 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 ¿ no

Using Numbers 1-10

Chapter 5

Expressing Existence and Location

The Verbs ¿¿¿ imasu and ¿¿¿¿ arimasu

Expressing What Exists

Expressing What You Have

Expressing the Location of People and Things

Using Numbers 11-99

TEST AFTER PART 1

PART 2 TALKING ABOUT ACTIONS

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

Colors

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

Te-Form

Listing Actions and Properties Using the Te-form

Requesting with Te-form + ¿¿¿ kudasai

Giving Directions

Te-Form + ¿¿ iru

Chapter 10

Asking for Permission

Permission and Prohibition

Obligation and Discretion

Permissibility and Minimal Requirement

Potential and Ability

Sports and Hobbies

TEST AFTER PART 2

PART 3 STATING FACTS

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¿¿Suru and ¿¿Naru to Indicate Change

Some Useful Particles

Things You Wear

TEST AFTER PART 3


PART 4 EXPRESSING IMPLICATION, ATTITUDE, AND PERSPECTIVE

Chapter 16

Expressing Implication

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Auxiliary Verbs that Follow the Te-form

Expressing Ones 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

Commands

Using the Volitional Form

Conditionals

More Terms for Occupations and Professions

Chapter 19 Changing the Perspective

Passive Constructions

Causative Constructions

Causative-Passive Constructions

Loanwords

Chapter 20 Using Honorifics

Japanese Honorifics

Honorific and Humble Verb Forms

Honorific/Polite Noun Forms

Honorific/Polite Adjective Forms

Honorific/Polite Question Words

TEST AFTER PART 4


FINAL EXAM


Appendix A: Sentence Predicates in Japanese

Appendix B: Verb Forms

Japanese-English Glossary

English-Japanese Glossary

Answer Key

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071477260
Author:
Sato, Eriko
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill
Subject:
Japanese language
Subject:
English
Subject:
Japanese
Subject:
Japanese language -- English.
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Japanese
Copyright:
Series:
Demystified
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.14x7.32x.95 in. 1.47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , DeMYSTiFieD makes learning Japanese a no-brainer!

Demystified Japanese provides you with a friendly, non-intimidating method that takes the confusion out of learning the language, walking you step by step through the fundamentals andmoving on to more advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with a self-test that allows you to track your progress, and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the book gives you instant feedback on new language skills.

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