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Easy Japanese: A Direct Learning Approach for Immediate Communication (Tuttle Language Library)by Samuel E. Martin
Synopses & Reviews
This is a carefully structured, practical book for learning colloquial spoken Japanese.
Easy Japanese will have you speaking Japanese in no time at all. Each lesson presents a few of the most common features of the language in sentences which are short, easy, and immediately useful. The first thirteen lessons show you there is a lot that can be said with just a word or two. The later lessons introduce more variety and explain a few of the fine points. The sentences reflect how the Japanese language is really spoken. They are short but colloquial, abrupt but not rude. Each lesson contains first a number a number of Japanese phrases. After the phrases, there is some material for practice. These are short conversations mad up entirely of the phrases you have learned in the lesson (or in preceding lessons). Each of these conversations built around a rather simple situation. Finally there are some tips to help you learn the material and to tell you a few other things helpful in talking with Japanese natives.
After the lessons, there is a basic vocabulary of some common Japanese words and their English equivalents. The Japanese verbs are presented both in the polite present (–mas') and the plain resent (–u or –ru). At the end of the book there are indexes of Japanese hiragana and katakana.
Key highlights of this book are:
A simple introduction to everyday speech
The beginning student, tourist, traveler, businessperson-everyone interested in the Japanese language as it is spoken today-will find this book to be an invaluable learning aid. Thirty easy-to-follow lessons present the most common features of the language in short, simple and immediately useful sentences. Practice exercises, accompanied by a Japanese-English dictionary, enable the user to apply grammar and vocabulary, and emphasize colloquial Japanese conversation. Based on years of successful, proven linguistic methods, Easy Japanese is an eminently practical introduction to the language.
Easy Japanese is a carefully structured, practical approach to the colloquial language--this book's primary aim is to teach you how to speak it.
About the Author
Samuel E. Martin received his undergraduate and master's degree in Oriental languages from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in linguistics from Yale University. He is the author of several books, including A Reference Grammar of Japanese.
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