Posts tagged: Japanese culture

Japanese Essential Edition by Living Language

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: full introductory conversational course; audio CDs let you listen to most every Japanese word, sentence & dialogue in the book; each unit builds up from vocabulary words to phrases to sentences to dialogues; deals with quite a bit of beginner Japanese grammar; appendix includes vocabulary glossary & lengthy grammar summary; […]

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Jimi’s Book of Japanese by Takahashi & Toka

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: designed for children but useful to adults as well; colorful presentation of all the kana in two small, thin volumes; every character printed large with written strokes counted and stroke direction indicated; strong way to visualize the basic syllabaries of the written language; sample vocabulary words using each character; a […]

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Human Japanese by Rak Software

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: explains the basics of Japanese the way an engaging teacher might; the explanations have a warm touch to them; lessons include interactive practice exercises; lengthy but insightful cultural notes about Japan & the Japanese; audio files allow you to click on and hear vocabulary words; built-in mini dictionary allows you […]

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Making Sense of Japanese by Jay Rubin

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: short & medium-length essays ease your concerns about the toughest aspects of Japanese grammar; puts conversational spoken & colloquial written Japanese in context through numerous insights; filled with the author’s personality and literary touches; makes some very tricky aspects of the language accessible Cons: more of a pleasure read than […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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