Japanese For Dummies

Japanese For Dummies

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Learn to speak Japanese the fast and easy way Japanese is 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 start speaking the language. Author and Professor of Japanese Eriko Sato introduces the essentials of grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the language, before showing you Japanese in action. You'll also discover social customs, formalities, and manners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present.
* Includes vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary, and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations * 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 * CD lets you hear Japanese as it's really spoken and reinforces lessons from the book 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. CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 190 x 235 x 20mm | 582g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 1118130715
  • 9781118130711
  • 31,706

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The fast and easy way to learn to speak Japanese

Want to feel comfortable with conversational Japanese? Then thishands-on, friendly guide is the book for you. It's filled with theessential grammar, vocabulary, verb conjugations, andpronunciations you need to know to start speaking like anative.

Japanese 101 -- learn to recite the alphabet; pronouncewords and phrases; and meet, greet, and exchange pleasantries withother Japanese speakersIt's as easy as ichi, ni, san (1, 2, 3) -- hone yoursmall-talk skills and discover how to ask for directions, orderfood, and moreHappy trails -- take your Japanese on the road and find outhow to plan a trip, make arrangements for a place to stay, discusstransportation, and handle emergencies while you're awayTake care of business -- grasp the essential Japaneselanguage skills you need to talk on the phone and perform everydaytasks at the office

Audio CD Includes

35 real-life conversations that reinforce lessons from thebook

Japanese pronunciation, pitch, and intonation guide

Please see CD appendix for details.

Open the book and find:

How to pronounce Japanese soundsCommon words and phrases in Japanese scriptsJapanese grammar basicsA guide to addressing others respectfullyInformation on numbers, time, and measurementsPointers for describing everyday activities in JapaneseFun exercises to help you practice your Japanese skillsExpanded Japanese-English and English-Japanesedictionaries

Learn to:

Speak conversational Japanese with easeMaster basic grammar, verb conjugations, vocabulary, andpronunciationsIdentify kana and kanji

CD includes real-life conversations by native speakers
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Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started 7 Chapter 1: Japanese in a Nutshell 9 Chapter 2: Checking Out the Japanese Sounds and Scripts 17 Chapter 3: Warming Up with Japanese Grammar Basics 33 Chapter 4: Starting with Simple Expressions 61 Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight 77 Chapter 6: Speaking Japanese at Home 99 Part II: Japanese in Action 117 Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 119 Chapter 8: Asking for Directions 131 Chapter 9: Dining Out and Going to the Market147 Chapter 10: Shopping Made Easy 163 Chapter 11: Going Out on the Town 183 Chapter 12: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunications 199 Chapter 13: Recreation and the Great Outdoors 219 Part III: Japanese on the Go 233 Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 235 Chapter 15: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 245 Chapter 16: Making Your Way Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More 257 Chapter 17: Finding a Place to Stay 275 Chapter 18: Handling Emergencies 291 Part IV: The Part of Tens 309 Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Pick Up Japanese Quickly 311 Chapter 20: Ten Things Never to Say in Japanese 315 Chapter 21: Ten Favorite Japanese Expressions 319 Chapter 22: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Japanese 323 Part V: Appendixes 327 Appendix A: Mini-Dictionary 329 Appendix B: Verb Tables 349 Appendix C: On the CD 359 Appendix D: Answer Key 363 Index 365
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About Eriko Sato

Eriko Sato, PhD, is Director of the Teacher Certification Program for Japanese and the Pre-College Japanese Language Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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