Posts tagged: Japanese for intermediate students

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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication by Taeko Kamiya

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: excellent sample Japanese sentences demonstrate how to form a variety of Japanese expressions; practice translation exercises for every sentence pattern; great index and phrase list makes expressions easy to find; expressions grouped into chapters by topic; extra examples of every sentence pattern; great explanations answer doubts but remain concise; appendix […]

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