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Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics)

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Author: Jay Rubin
Publisher: Kodansha USA (2002)
Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
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Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy American's thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. Previously known as Gone Fishin', this book has brought Jay Rubin more feedback than any of his literary translations or scholarly tomes, "even if," he says, "you discount the hate mail from spin-casters and the stray gill-netter." To convey his conviction that "the Japanese language is not vague," Rubin has dared to explain how some of the most challenging Japanese grammatical forms work in terms of everyday English. Reached recently at a recuperative center in the hills north of Kyoto, Rubin declared, "I'm still pretty sure that Japanese is not vague. Or at least, it's not as vague as it used to be. Probably." The notorious "subjectless sentence" of Japanese comes under close scrutiny in Part One. A sentence can't be a sentence without a subject, so even in cases where the subject seems to be lost or hiding, the author provides the tools to help you find it. Some attention is paid as well to the rest of the sentence, known technically to grammarians as "the rest of the sentence." Part Two tackles a number of expressions that have baffled students of Japanese over the decades, and concludes with Rubin's patented technique of analyzing upside-down Japanese sentences right-side up, which, he claims, is "far more restful" than the traditional way, inside-out. "The scholar," according to the great Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume, is "one who specializes in making the comprehensible incomprehensible." Despite his best scholarly efforts, Rubin seems to have done just the opposite. Previously published in the Power Japanese series under the same title and originally as Gone Fishin' in the same series.
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Japanese All the Way (TM) Cassette/Book: Learn at Home and On the Go (All the Way Ser Level 1)

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Author: Living Language
Publisher: Living Language (1996)
Binding: Hardcover, pages
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Japanese Kana Workbook

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Author: P. G. O'Neill
Publisher: Weatherhill (1995)
Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
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Japanese for Professional

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Author: AJALT
Publisher: Kodansha USA (1998)
Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
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A new course in business Japanese from the authors of the bestselling Japanese for Busy People series. The Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT), renowned for its Japanese for Busy People series, has developed a comprehensive course for students who need to use Japanese in a business environment. Japanese for Professionals is a serious and detailed manual of the language of trade, commerce, and government, aimed at intermediate students who work with Japanese on a daily basis. Thirteen lessons introduce common business situations—first-time meetings, directing subordinates client negotiations with key sentences, and a dialogue to illustrate how Japanese is used in a business context. Precise definitions for all new vocabulary and lucid explanations of grammar, idioms, and cultural differences provide the reader with powerful communication tools for the office. Exercises and quizzes have been included to help students check their progress, and four lessons have been set aside for review. Busy professionals will find the bilingual glossaries a useful reference even after completing all the lessons in this clear and extremely helpful textbook. FEATURES: * Emphasis on how to communicate with Japanese colleagues and clients * All elements of working Japanese, from using the telephone to directing subordinates, presented in thirteen systematic and fully structured lessons * Focuses on authentic spoken Japanese through dialogues based on real-life business situations * 165 Essential Expressions classified into 50 business functions that can be used by all busy professionals * Detailed analysis in English of all phrases and expressions introduced in this text * Challenging exercises and quizzes that actually reinforce language acquisition * Four special chapters for comprehensive review and further practice * Three special chapters provide important background information about common Japanese business practices * Equally effective as part of a college course or for learners studying without formal tuition * Furigana (phonetic superscripts) added to all difficult kanji and two full bilingual glossaries
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Japanese for Everyone: A Functional Approach to Daily Communication

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Author: Susumu Nagara
Publisher: Japan Publications Trading (2008)
Binding: Paperback, 383 pages
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An attractive text using Japanese script from the beginning. Each chapter contains several "functions" of language, and grammar is discussed in context. Almost all drill and other activities are meaningful, with pictures or other contexts provided. There is enough material (with some supplementing) to use this one text for a four-year high school program. The text is written for adult learners in Japan, but can be easily adapted for use in high schools. The text starts with the -masu form but later adds practice at other levels of politeness. Each chapter also includes a short reading selection and a listening comprehension section. Needs supplementing, but well worth the time.
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Japan Made Easy

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Author: Boye De Mente
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
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Japan Made Easy contains essential information, practical advice, and hundreds of dos and don'ts that help you get the most of your business or vacation trips to Japan. This book covers hundreds of the little things that often make the difference between a wonderful experience and a terrible one. Organized into chapters that focus on practical concerns for travelers to Japan, such as hotels, dining, and shopping, it is filled with practical information designed to smooth your way through routine as well as unexpected events. It is also a practical guide to key life customs in Japan and includes useful insights into the “whys” of typical Japanese behavior. Japan Made Easy pinpoints a wide range of the special pleasures of Japan--literally hundreds of things, large and small, that make living and traveling in today's Japan fascinating and satisfying--when you cross the cultural bridge. * Chapters focus on practical topics of specific interest to travelers to Japan. * Provides helpful information such as how to use chopsticks, reading important signs, and what to do if you're arrested. * Each chapter provides useful phrases or vocabulary. * Free 15-minute download features some useful phrases in Japanese from each chapter. Topics include: The Basics of Japan; Smelling the Chrysanthemums; Advance Planning; When to Go and What to Take; Reservations and Other Details; Playing It Safe; Dealing with Emergencies; Money Matters; Japan’s International Airports; Hotel Matters; Inn Matters; Communicating with the Japanese; Mastering Japan’s Maze; Reading Important Signs; Dining In and Out; Nighttime Entertainment; Transportation Treats and Trials; Using Telephones; Driving in Japan; Shopping Scenarios; Toilet Pointers; Gift-Giving Etiquette; In a Japanese Home; Mailing Things; Pronunciation Guide; The Pleasures of Japan; Useful Information Table of contents Part I The Basics of Japan 1. Smelling the Chrysanthemums 2. Advance Planning 3. When to Go and What to Take 4. Reservations and Other Details 5. Playing It Safe 6. Dealing with Emergencies 7. Money Matters 8. Japan’s International Airports 9. Hotel Matters 10. Inn Matters 11. Communicating with the Japanese 12. Mastering Japan’s Maze 13. Reading Important Signs 14. Dining In and Out 15. Nighttime Entertainment 16. Transportation Treats and Trials 17. Using Telephones 18. Driving in Japan 19. Shopping Scenarios 20. Toilet Pointers 21. Gift-Giving Etiquette 22. In a Japanese Home 23. Mailing Things 24. Pronunciation Guide Part II The Pleasures of Japan Part III Useful Information
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J-Talk: Conversation Across Cultures

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Author: Steve Ziolkowski, Linda Lee, Kensaku Yoshida
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr (Txt) (2007)
Binding: Hardcover, 76 pages
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Interactive Japanese: An Introductory Course, Book 1

Author: Takkako Tomoda,Brian May
Publisher: Kodansha International (JPN)
Binding: Paperback, 224pages
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A comprehensive, fully integrated introduction to all aspects of the Japanese language. Through over 60 commonly encountered situations, the text helps beginners acquire practical language skills, as well as discover more about Japan and its people. Tapes containing dialogues are sold separately.
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Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese: Answer Key

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Author: Kyoko Tokashiki, Yoko Sakane, Chikako Shinagawa, Yutaka Ohno, Eri Banno
Publisher: The Japan Times (2005)
Binding: Paperback, 71 pages
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Answer Key includes the answers to the practice exercises in the textbooks and workbooks, as well as the scripts for the listening comprehension practice in the workbook. *Answer Key has the same content as the booklet included in Teacher's Manual.
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Teach Yourself Instant Japanese

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Author: Elisabeth Smith
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2006)
Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
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Teach Yourself Instant Japanese is the answer if you have little patience and even less time to study. Even if you've failed in traditional language courses, you'll find success with this language guide. This easy course teaches only the Japanese words and phrases that really matter, so you can start speaking right away and conversing with confidence after only six weeks.
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