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Remembering the Kanji, Vol. 2: A Systematic Guide to Reading Japanese Characters (Japanese Edition)

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Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (2008)
Binding: Perfect Paperback, 397 pages
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Following the first volume of Remembering the Kanji, the present work takes up the pronunciation of characters and provides students with helpful tools for memorizing them. Behind the notorious inconsistencies in the way the Japanese language has come to pronounce the characters it received from China lie several coherent patterns. Identifying these patterns and arranging them in logical order can reduce dramatically the amount of time spent in the brute memorization of sounds unrelated to written forms. Many of the "primitive elements," or building blocks, used in the drawing of the characters also serve to indicate the "Chinese reading" that particular kanji use, chiefly in compound terms. By learning one of the kanji that uses such a "signal primitive," one can learn the entire group at the same time. In this way, Remembering the Kanji 2 lays out the varieties of phonetic patterns and offers helpful hints for learning readings, which might otherwise appear completely random, in an efficient and rational way. A parallel system of pronouncing the kanji, their "Japanese readings," uses native Japanese words assigned to particular Chinese characters. Although these are more easily learned because of the association of the meaning to a single word, Heisig creates a kind of phonetic alphabet of single-syllable words, each connected to a simple Japanese word, and shows how they can be combined to help memorize particularly troublesome vocabulary. Unlike Volume 1, which proceeds step-by-step in a series of lessons, Volume 2 is organized in such as way that one can study individual chapters or use it as a reference for pronunciation problems as they arise. Individual frames cross-reference the kanji to alternate readings and to the frame in Volume 1 in which the meaning and writing of the kanji was first introduced.
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Remembering the Kanji, Vol. 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters

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Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 460 pages
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The aim of this book is to provide the student of Japanese with a simple method for correlating the writing and the meaning of Japanese characters in such a way as to make them both easy to remember. It is intended not only for the beginner, but also for the more advanced student looking for some relief from the constant frustration of how to write the kanji and some way to systematize what he or she already knows. The author begins with writing because—contrary to first impressions—it is in fact the simpler of the two. He abandons the traditional method of ordering the kanji according to their frequency of use and organizes them according to their component parts or “primitive elements.” Assigning each of these parts a distinct meaning with its own distinct image, the student is led to harness the powers of “imaginative memory” to learn the various combinations that result. In addition, each kanji is given its own key word to represent the meaning, or one of the principal meanings, of that character. These key words provide the setting for a particular kanji’s “story,” whose protagonists are the primitive elements. In this way, students are able to complete in a few short months a task that would otherwise take years. Armed with the same skills as Chinese or Korean students, who know the meaning and writing of the kanji but not their pronunciation in Japanese, they are now in a much better position to learn to read (which is treated in a separate volume). For further information and a sample of the contents, visit http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/publications/miscPublications/pdf/RK4/RK%201_sample.pdf.
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Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each (Manoa) (Japanese Edition) (part 1)

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Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 158 pages
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Following on the phenomenal success of Remembering the Kanji, the author has prepared a companion volume for learning the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries of modern Japanese. In six short lessons of about twenty minutes, each of the two systems of “kana” writing are introduced in such a way that the absolute beginner can acquire fluency in writing in a fraction of the time normally devoted to the task. Using the same basic self-taught method devised for learning the kanji, and in collaboration with Helmut Morsbach and Kazue Kurebayashi, the author breaks the shapes of the two syllabaries into their component parts and draws on what he calls “imaginative memory” to aid the student in reassembling them into images that fix the sound of each particular kana to its writing. Now in its third edition, Remembering the Kana has helped tens of thousands of students of Japanese master the Hiragana and Katakana in a short amount of time . . . and have fun in the process.
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Practical Japanese-English Dictionary

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Author: Noah S. Brannen
Publisher: Weatherhill (1998)
Binding: Paperback, 477 pages
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Perfect for the tourist in Japan or student of Japanese, this handy pocketsize dictionary contains over 8,000 entries, selected and compiled with an emphasis on usefulness and naturalness of expression. For those concerned about their less-than-perfect pronunciation, all entries appear in both Romanized Japanese and Japanese writing—thus the user need only point to be understood.
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Schaums Outline of Japanese Grammar Revised

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Author: Tomiko Kuwahira , Keiko Chevray
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2011)
Binding: Paperback, 264 pages
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Table of contents 1: Copula. 2: Adjectives. 3: Adverbs. 4: Pronouns. 5: Numbers, Time, Dates, Counters. 6: Particles. 7: Conjunctions. 8: Verbs. 9: Conditional Clauses. 10: Interrogative Words. 11: Modification of a Noun. 12: Nominalization. 13: Modality. 14: Honorific Expressions. 15: Useful Expressions. Answers to Exercises. Index.
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Oxford Japanese Grammar And Verbs

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Author: Jonathan Bunt
Publisher: Oxford University Press (2002)
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
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Oxford Japanese Grammar and Verbs is designed for users at all levels as a learning tool or as a revision aid. It can be used to support any Japanese language course and is ideal for use with Oxford's Take off in Japanese and other audio language learning packs. The guide features: * Brand-new text providing clear and simple explanations * Comprehensive coverage of all the key points of Japanese grammar * Thousands of examples show how the language works * Clear and attractive layout for maximum accessibility * All grammatical terms explained in a glossary * Provides detailed tables of Japanese verbs in an easy-to-use format
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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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NTC's Dictionary of Korea's Business and Cultural Code Words

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Author: Boye Lafayette De Mente
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (2004)
Binding: Paperback, pages
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Although Koreans naturally share many cultural characteristics with the Chinese and the Japanese, they also have a unique character and personality that sets them apart from all other Asians. And although Korean attitudes and behavior may be influenced by the modern world, the Korean mindset is still very much shaped by ancient culture and traditions.In "NTC's Dictionary of Korea's Business and Cultural Code Words", Boye Lafayette De Mente explores the meanings and cultural context of the most important "code words" of the Korean language, terms whose significance goes well beyond their literal definitions. The reader is given insights into the character and personality of the Korean people, providing bridges for communicating and interacting with them.
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Goukaku Dekiru Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken N1

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Author: JLPT
Publisher: ALC Press Inc. (2010)
Binding: Paperback, pages
Summary:
日本国内・海外で7月と12月に行われる日本語能力試験。日本語の能力を客観的に測るテストとして、全世界で活用されています。 本書は、そのN1レベルの出題形式・レベルに合わせた例題を数多く解くことで、N1の出題形式に慣れ、本番で合格点を取るための実力を養成するための問題集です。収録した例題は実に358問。さらに、その上で、実戦形式の総復習問題にチャレンジすることで、自分の実力を客観的に知ることができる本です。 新しい日本語能力試験で出題形式が大きく変わる聴解試験対策には、付属のCDを2枚(総収録分数157分)が役立ちます。 また、各大問の初めには、問題形式やその解き方についての解説を付けました。別冊では解答と聴解試験スクリプトを完全収録しており、間違えた問題や聞き取れなかった問題を確認することができます。 7月あるいは12月の本番までに、本書のすべての問題を一通り解き、さらに間違えた問題を何度も復習しておけば、自信を持って本番に臨めるでしょう。 ●対象レベル:日本語上級以上 ●CD2枚付き CD収録分数:79分/78分 収録言語:日本語 ※本書は『新装版 合格できる 1級日本語能力試験』を2010年から実施される新しい日本語能力試験N1に合わせて、修正・加筆したものです。 
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Ultimate Japanese: Advanced (Living Language Ultimate Courses)

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Author: Suguru Akutsu
Publisher: Living Language (1998)
Binding: Paperback, 428 pages
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A Complete Lesson Book in Both Romaji and Kana Lively, up-to-date, authentic dialogues Clear explanations of grammar Cultural highlights, Business vocabulary and etiquette plus a two-way glossary Developed by the experts at Living Language, this book offers a highly effective combination of advanced conversational Japanese with grammar and culture. This sequel to the Basic - Intermediate Ultimate Japanese book covers the equivalent of two years of college-level study. # 20 lessons, each with a lively, authentic Japanese dialogue that takes you everywhere from a sushi bar to a hot springs resort to a Shinto shrine. # English translations and explanations of Japanese grammar and usage, vocabulary, and cultural notes. # Special sections on business vocabulary and etiquette. # Quizzes and review sections to check your progress. # An extensive two-way glossary. While this book stands on its own as a complete course and an invaluable reference, you'll find that using it with the recorded lessons is even more effective. Along with the recordings, Living Language Ultimate Japanese: Advanced cassette packages include this manual.
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