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Learn to speak Japanese

Japanese language enrollment is up by 27.5 percent since 2006, making it the sixth most popular language studied on college campuses. Whether studying for school, business, or travel, Japanese For Dummies provides complete coverage of all Japanese language essentials including grammar, usage, and vocabulary.

Complete with free conversational audio tracks online, this handy book offers everything you need to learn the Japanese language to get ahead in class or on a trip to Japan. In no time, you'll make sense of the language well enough to communicate with native speakers!



Includes expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
Provides a refreshed mini-dictionary with even more essential vocabulary
Offers useful exercises and practice opportunities
Helps you learn to speak conversational Japanese with ease

Whether for work, school, or fun, Japanese For Dummies is the fast and easy way to add this language to your skillset!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 187 x 233 x 21mm | 542g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • 3rd Edition
  • 1119475406
  • 9781119475408
  • 226,812

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Speak conversational Japanese with ease Master basic grammar, vocab, and pronunciations Find FREE conversational audio tracks online

Get to know the Japanese language!

There's something special about Japanese language and culture. To get started unlocking the secrets, you don't need to spend hours memorizing vocab or copying out Japanese script. With this book, it's fun and easy to start speaking and reading Japanese! Whether you have your passport in hand for your adventure to Japan or you want to connect with a Japanese-speaking coworker, this book will help you jump into basic conversational Japanese in no time!

Inside... Japanese grammar basics Pronunciation guides "Talkin' the Talk" dialogues Fun games and activities Common, real-life phrases Beginner mistakes to avoid Tips for learning quickly Free online audio tracks
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Table of contents

Introduction 1


About This Book 1


Foolish Assumptions 4


Icons Used in This Book 4


Beyond the Book 5


Where to Go from Here 5


Part 1: Getting Started with Japanese 7


Chapter 1: Japanese in a Nutshell 9


Discovering Basic Japanese Sounds and Script 9


Getting a Grip on Basic Grammar 10


Counting on Numbers 10


Speaking Japanese around the House 11


Using Japanese in Social Scenarios 12


Beginning (and ending) conversations 12


Getting to know you 12


Asking for directions 13


Making sense of money 13


Going shopping 13


Dining out and exploring entertainment opportunities 14


Doing business and using technology 14


Tackling Travel-Related Topics 15


Preparing for a trip 15


Getting around with local transportation 15


Securing a place to stay 16


Taking action during emergencies 16


Chapter 2: Checking Out the Japanese Sounds and Scripts 17


Pronouncing Basic Japanese Sounds 17


Vowels 18


Consonants 19


Sounding Fluent 20


Don't stress 20


Watch out for pitch and intonation 20


Get in rhythm 21


Keep your speed up 22


Introducing the Japanese Scripts 23


Kana 23


Kanji 27


Chapter 3: Warming Up with Japanese Grammar Basics 33


Using Appropriate Speech Styles 33


Forming Sentences 35


Ordering the words correctly 35


Marking nouns with particles 35


Telling the topic 39


Dropping understood words 39


Asking Questions 40


Yes/no questions 40


Content questions 41


Getting a Handle on Pronouns 42


Demonstrative pronouns 43


Personal pronouns 44


Working with Verbs 45


Understanding basic verb forms 46


Doing the conjugation thing 48


Speaking politely with -masu 51


Introducing the Verb Desu, to Be 52


Describing People and Things with Adjectives 54


Using Adverbs to Describe Your Actions 57


Creating adverbs from adjectives 57


Perusing pure adverbs 58


Turning to sentence-like adverbs 58


Spicing Up Your Japanese with Onomatopoeia 59


Expressing Moods and Attitudes 60


Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight 63


Ichi, Ni, San: Counting in Japanese 64


Numbers from 1 to 10 64


Numbers from 11 to 99 65


Numbers from 100 to 9,999 65


Numbers from 10,000 to 99,999 66


Numbers over 100,000 66


Expressing amount or quantity with counters 67


Indicating ordinal numbers with -me 70


Telling Time 70


Noting hours and minutes 71


Talking about time 73


It's a Date! Delving into the Calendar 74


Talking about the days of the week 74


Naming the months and counting them up 75


Counting the days 76


Counting the weeks 79


Reeling off the years 79


Specifying dates and times 79


Familiarizing Yourself with the Metric System 84


Chapter 5: Speaking Japanese at Home 87


Taking a Tour of Your Home 87


The kitchen 88


The dining room 89


The living room 90


The bedroom 91


The bathroom 91


The laundry room 92


The storage room 93


Home Is Where the Food Is 95


Getting cooking 96


Using two verbs at the table 96


Considering proper table manners 97


Enjoying foods of all kinds 97


Talking about foods you like and dislike 100


Engaging in Common Household Activities 101


Keeping your home clean 101


Performing a safety check 101


Talking about What You Do Regularly 102


Part 2: Japanese in Action 107


Chapter 6: Icebreakers and Conversation Starters 109


Beginning (and Ending) Conversations 109


Addressing friends and strangers 110


Greetings throughout the day 112


Saying goodbye 113


Initiating Small Talk 114


Breaking the ice with "excuse me" 115


Talking about where you're going 115


Discussing the weather 116


Making Introductions 117


Introducing yourself 118


Introducing your friends to each other 118


Asking people their names 120


Being polite with o- 120


Expressing Gratitude and Regret 120


Showing gratitude 120


Apologizing 121


Speaking about Speaking: The Verb Hanasu 121


Chapter 7: Getting to Know You 125


Chatting about Your Life 125


Your job 126


Your family 126


Existing and Possessing: The Verbs Iru and Aru 129


Specifying Where You Live with the Verb Sumu 132


Finding Out about Your New Friend 133


Asking people where they're from 133


Talking about your language skills 135


Living the Sporting Life 137


Using Your Artistic Talent 137


Making Music with Instruments 138


Playing Games 139


Using the Verb Suru (to Do) 140


Saying "I Can" 141


Chapter 8: Asking for Directions 145


Figuring Out Where Places Are Located 145


Asking "where" questions 145


Getting basic location/position answers 147


Pinpointing an exact location 150


Finding Your Way to Your Destination 153


Requesting travel instructions 153


Referring to landmarks 155


Providing actions with directions 156


Making directions flow 157


Chapter 9: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 161


Getting Money 161


Exchanging money 162


Opening a bank account 165


Making withdrawals from your account 167


Using an ATM 168


Spending Money 169


Ka-ching! Shelling out cash 169


Charge! Paying with plastic 171


Chapter 10: Shopping Made Easy 175


Naming Shops and Stores 175


Going Grocery Shopping 176


Going to a butcher 177


Purchasing fresh fish 177


Buying vegetables and fruit 178


Shopping at a Konbini (Convenience Store)! 179


Telling a Salesperson What You're Looking For 180


Exploring the Variety of a Department Store 182


Going Clothes Shopping 184


Considering the clothing and accessories you need 184


Examining the color 185


Trying something on 185


Talking about sizing 187


Deciding What You Want to Buy 189


Using demonstrative adjectives 190


Comparing two items 191


Comparing three or more items 193


You Gotta Pay to Play: Buying Your Merchandise 195


Identifying prices 195


Stating that you want to buy something 195


Paying for your purchase 196


Chapter 11: Going Out on the Town 201


Checking Out Entertaining Activities 201


Getting cultured at museums and galleries 202


Heading to the theater 203


Eating Out at Fast-Food and Sit-Down Restaurants 204


Ordering fast food 205


Making a reservation 207


Ordering in a restaurant 211


Chatting with the waiter or waitress 215


Paying for your meal 215


Drinking and dancing at bars and clubs 216


Singing at a karaoke box 218


Talking about Entertainment 220


Getting Your Friends to Go Out with You 221


Making a suggestion with "Why don't we?" 221


Saying "Let's go" and "Shall we go?" 222


Inviting Friends Over and Asking Them to Bring Something 224


Chapter 12: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunications 229


Using Japanese at Work 229


Making Sense of Your Office Environment 233


Checking out the supplies 233


Touring the rest of the building 234


Phoning Made Simple 235


Brushing up on phone-related vocab 235


Asking to speak with someone 236


Calling your client 238


Leaving a message 240


Having Meetings in the Workplace 244


Navigating Technology: Computer Basics,


Mobile Phones, and Social Media 245


Familiarizing yourself with basic technology terms 245


Sending email 246


Using mobile phones and social media 247


Part 3: Japanese on the Go 251


Chapter 13: Planning a Trip 253


Picking the Place for Your Trip 253


Dealing with Passports and Visas 257


Getting Help from a Travel Agency 258


Stating Your Opinions 259


Packing for Your Trip 261


Exploring Nature 262


Taking in the landscape 262


Changing with the seasons 263


Chapter 14: Making Your Way Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More 267


Getting On and Off with the Verbs Noru and Oriru 268


Asking about the Best Method of Transportation 269


Navigating the Airport 271


Now boarding: Making it to the plane 271


Going through immigration 272


Getting through customs 273


Leaving the airport 274


All Aboard: Hopping on a Train or Boat 275


Now entering the station: Riding the train 275


Setting sail: Cruising around by boat 278


Conquering Public Transportation 278


Riding a bus 278


Taking the subway 279


Hailing a taxi 279


Driving Around 281


Renting a car 282


Deciphering road signs 283


Chapter 15: Finding a Place to Stay 287


Picking the Right Accommodations for Your Needs 287


Narrowing Your Choice Further 290


Looking into room size and amenities 290


Comparing costs 292


Considering each possible scenario with nara 293


Making a Room Reservation 294


Checking In 295


Keeping Track of What's Yours during Your Stay 299


Using possessive pronouns 299


Using "uchi" possessively 300


Checking Out 301


Chapter 16: Handling Emergencies 303


Asking (or Shouting!) for Help 303


Seeking Medical Attention 305


Looking for a doctor 305


Going to a hospital 306


Navigating a Doctor's Visit 308


Referring to your body parts 308


Complaining about your pain 309


Describing your symptoms 311


Receiving a diagnosis 312


Getting treatment 313


Contacting the Police 314


Reporting an accident to the police 314


Reporting a crime 317


Reporting lost or stolen belongings 317


Getting Legal Help 319


Part 4: The Part of Tens 321


Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Pick Up Japanese Quickly 323


Use Digital Technologies 323


Cook or Eat Japanese Foods 324


Read Japanese Comic Books 324


Watch Japanese Anime, Films, and Sports 324


Do Karaoke 325


Spend Time with Japanese 325


Exchange Language Lessons 326


Get to Know a Monolingual Japanese 326


Travel to Japan 326


Be Positive, Curious, and Creative 327


Chapter 18: Ten Things Never to Say in Japanese 329


"San" after Your Own Name 329


Your Boss's or Teacher's First Name 330


"O-genki Desu Ka" to the Person You Saw Yesterday 330


"Sayonara" to Your Family 330


"Thank You" for a Compliment 331


"My Mom Is Pretty" to Outsiders 331


"Yes" Right after Being Offered Food 332


"Anata" When Talking to Someone 332


"Aishite Imasu" to Express Likes 332


"Do You Want Coffee?" 333


Chapter 19: Ten Favorite Japanese Expressions 335


Yatta! 335


Hont?? 336


Sasuga! 336


Mochiron! 336


?, Yokatta 337


Zenzen 337


Nani? 337


D?shiy?? 338


Yappari 338


?, Bikkurishita! 338


Chapter 20: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Japanese 339


Enryo Shinaide 339


Mottainai 340


O-saki Ni 340


Kanpai! 341


Ganbatte! 341


Shikata ga nai 341


Okage-sama De 342


Tsumaranai Mono Desu Ga 342


Yoroshiku 342


Taihen Desu Ne 343


Part 5: Appendixes 345


Appendix A: Japanese-English Mini-Dictionary 347


Appendix B: Verb Tables 371


Appendix C: Answer Key 381


Index 385
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About Hiroko M. Chiba

Hiroko Chiba is professor of Japanese at DePauw University, where she teaches all levels of Japanese language and directs the Japanese language program. Eriko Sato, PhD, teaches Japanese at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She authored the previous editions of Japanese For Dummies and Japanese Phrases For Dummies.
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