Category: Phrase books

Japanese Street Slang, by Peter Constantine

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: exposés explain the use, context & local meaning of lots of Japanese slang; culturally relevant; slang words put into context with phrases and alternate options; everything flows within author’s informative musings; good introduction & index Cons: takes an experienced student or casual reader to get something out of this; some […]

Monday March 1st, 2010 in Phrase books | 2 Comments »

Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook by Nagamura & Tsuchiya

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: great range of phrases for travelers to Japan or Japanese language enthusiasts; audio CD reads phrases aloud to you; clean layout; easy to spot and read each phrase; good organization of topics, chapters & phrases; romaji and Japanese script for every phrase; 1800 phrases, quality print & paper Cons: vocabulary […]

Thursday February 4th, 2010 in Phrase books | Comments Off on Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook by Nagamura & Tsuchiya

Zakennayo! by Philip Cunningham

Score: 4 / 10 Pros: dialogues cover real (but rarely polite), believable social situations; the tone and commentary are often funny and over-the-top; has no shame in its coverage of the dirty, gritty aspects of Japanese; focus on conversation and vocab building; tackles a range of seedy topics; cultural notes explain the shady side of […]

Thursday January 28th, 2010 in Lesson Books, Phrase books | Comments Off on Zakennayo! by Philip Cunningham

Beyond Polite Japanese by Akihiko Yonekawa

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: lots of real, spoken Japanese words & phrases; kana, kanji & romaji examples of each phrase; good index lists all slang & colloquial terms covered in the book; terms chosen are great for anyone looking to expand understanding of informal, slang or even naughty Japanese; further explanations of why expressions […]

Thursday January 28th, 2010 in Dictionaries, Phrase books | Comments Off on Beyond Polite Japanese by Akihiko Yonekawa

Say It Right in Japanese: The Fastest Way to Correct Pronunciation by EPLS

Score: 4 / 10 Pros: a compact phrasebook for business travel or vacation; adequately organized; includes searchable table of contents and index; mentions a few relevant tips for each topic; includes an English-Japanese vocabulary glossary; if you appreciate the way the pronunciation key works, it can help your Japanese phrases sound better (but not better […]

Thursday January 28th, 2010 in Phrase books | Comments Off on Say It Right in Japanese: The Fastest Way to Correct Pronunciation by EPLS

Love, Hate and Everything in Between: Expressing Emotions in Japanese

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: truly covers the range from love to hate; includes both upstanding and gritty expressions; good index and table of contents help you find the emotion you want to express; examples present every expression in context; explanations kept short but focused; romaji alongside traditional kanji and kana script for every phrase […]

Tuesday January 26th, 2010 in Dictionaries, Phrase books | Comments Off on Love, Hate and Everything in Between: Expressing Emotions in Japanese

Everyday Japanese by Edward Schwarz & Reiko Ezawa

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: good range of topics and phrases; language and culture topics structured around travel and life in Japan; plenty of cultural notes linked to words and phrases as you learn them; all phrases written in romaji, kana and kanji versions; good organization of topics; good index; sample dialogs/conversations; decent pronunciation guide […]

Friday January 22nd, 2010 in Phrase books | Comments Off on Everyday Japanese by Edward Schwarz & Reiko Ezawa

Making Out in Japanese by Todd & Erika Geers

Score: 5 / 10 Pros: lots of everyday, “street” Japanese phrases about basic topics (not just seedier ones); good layout and use of space; topics chosen cover a variety of social situations; explanations usually succint and relevant to specific phrases; full Japanese script and romaji for each phrase; rumor has it you can hear these […]

Thursday January 7th, 2010 in Phrase books | Comments Off on Making Out in Japanese by Todd & Erika Geers