Japanese For Dummies

Japanese For Dummies : A Reference for the Rest of Us!

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Japanese is a wonderful language, very different from European languages. It is also the gateway to the rich culture of the exciting and complex island nation of Japan. Some people get intimidated by the prospect of speaking Japanese-worried that it's just too complex and different-but these fears are unfounded. While you can devote a lifetime to the study of this or any language, picking up the basics of Japanese doesn't require any more than an interest and a willingness to try something new. Japanese For Dummies has everything you need to get off the ground with speaking the language. Author and Professor of Japanese Eriko Sato starts you off with the essentials of grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the language, before showing you Japanese in action. You'll then explore vocabulary and expressions through dialogues taking place in situations such as:* Introductions and greetings* Eating and drink ing* Shopping* Exploring the town* Talking on the telephone* Asking directions* Getting around* Staying at a hotel You'll also discover social customs, formalities, and manners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present.
Whether you simply want to introduce yourself to the Japanese language, say a few words to a neighbor or coworker, or you're planning a major trip or study abroad in Japan, Japanese For Dummies will enable you to get the basics fast and work towards your own goal at your own pace. You'll also find out about:* How to use karaoke to help you learn Japanese* Movies that will introduce you to Japanese culture and language* Learning Japanese the "gourmet" way* When ignoring "no, thank you" shows good manners* Proper table manners* Proper body language* How to sound fluent* And much more! With helpful vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary at the end, and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations, Japanese For Dummies assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese on your part-providing the perfect guide for a quick-but-thorough, lighthearted-but-not-lightweight introduction to the language.
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 408 pages
  • 188 x 234 x 28mm | 680.39g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • illustrations
  • 0764554298
  • 9780764554292
  • 357,295

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Speak Japanese - the fun and easy way!Packed with clear explanations and real-world examplesYour friendly guide to understanding Japanese - quickly and easily!Whether you're a student, a traveler, or you just want to pick up basic Japanese, this unintimidating guide will help you start speaking the language in no time. Inside you'll find a wealth of fascinating cultural facts and handy references - including a Japanese-English mini-dictionary, lists of common expressions and verbs, and much more!All this on the bonus audio CDPick up Japanese the easy way -through actual conversationsFeatures dialogues by native Japanese speakersAllows you to hear Japanese as it's really spokenReinforces lessons from the bookGet smart! @www.dummies.comFind listings of all our booksCreate your own personalized book with Hungry Minds a la CarteSign up for daily eTips at www.dummiesdaily.com
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Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Getting Started. Chapter 1: You Already Know a Little Japanese. Chapter 2: The Nitty Gritty: Basic Japanese Grammar and Numbers. Chapter 3: Introductions and Greetings. Part II: Japanese in Action. Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk. Chapter 5: Eating and Drinking: Itadakimasu! Chapter 6: Shopping Around. Chapter 7: Exploring the Town. Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation. Chapter 9: Talking on the Telephone. Chapter 10: At the Office and Around the House. Part III: Japanese on the Go. Chapter 11: Money, Money, Money. Chapter 12: Asking Directions. Chapter 13: Staying at a Hotel. Chapter 14: Transportation. Chapter 15: Planning a Trip. Chapter 16: Handling an Emergency. Part IV: The Part of Tens. Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Pick Up Japanese Quickly. Chapter 18: Ten Things Never to Do in Japan. Chapter 19: Ten Favorite Japanese Expressions. Chapter 20: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Japanese. Part V: Appendixes. Appendix A: Verb Tables. Appendix B: Mini-Dictionary. Appendix C: Answer Key. Appendix D: On the CD. Index.
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About Eriko Sato

Eriko Sato, PhD, is Professor of Japanese at State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. Sato is a native Japanese speaker experienced in teaching Japanese and in translation.
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