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Conversational Japanese in 7 Days

By bookshelf - Posted on 07 January 2009 - Update on 16 November 2010

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Author: Colin Lloyd, Etsuko Tsujita
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2004)
Binding: Paperback, 96 pages
This accessible minicourse provides all the communication skills needed to make the most of a foreign jaunt. In just one week--less time than it takes to get a passport--you can learn enough Japanese to conduct typical travelers' transactions with conversational confidence. Organized into seven units, one for each day of the week, these colorfully illustrated chapters feature: * Vocabulary and phrase lists for everyday situations such as dining, shopping, and asking for directions * Accessible grammar points and interactive practice exercises * An easy-to-navigate vocabulary list for on-the-spot reference * Dialogues and exercises performed by native speakers--now on CD * Updated information about ATMs and public phones abroad

Conversational Japanese in 7 days is a great book for a beginner, or someone brushing up on japanese. It has great pictures of japanese city-life, breathtaking photos of the natural scenary and a little on martial arts. However- it is not very complete and its dictionary is small! But, if your looking to just get-by in Japan, and not trying to "become a native" this book is for you!

As I am just picking up the Japanese language, I picked up what I figured would be a good beginner's guide, which is exactly what this is! I can say there is no way in heck that your going to learn everything this book has to offer in seven days (unless you're obsessive), but it offers a ton of beginning phrases, how to read basic road-signs (along with which bathroom your supposed to be in, which is helpful). It offers a lot of basic "hi, how are you? Excuse me. Where is ....?" phrases, and is filled with quite a few pictures to help illustrate what is being said.

It's a great book for beginners, and I am fairly pleased with it!