Posts tagged: Japanese reference books

Oxford Picture Dictionary English/Japanese

Score: 5 / 10 Pros: loads of Japanese language vocabulary sorted by topic; glossy, colorful pages full of pictures; each picture corresponds immediately to vocab words on the page; thematic arrangement into categories and subcategories works wonderfully; solid, well thought out choice of vocab words; questions & even activities on many pages; index reference page […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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Read Japanese Today by Walsh

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: talks you through simplified stories of how 400 kanji characters developed; gives stand-alone and compound pronunciation for each kanji; makes visual associations with old-to-new characters and real-world concepts behind them; good introduction covers history and composition of kanji; characters printed large but in line with rest of text paragraphs; links […]

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Essential Kanji by P.G. O’Neill

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: covers all the common use kanji and some proper name characters; includes reference numbers, on/kun, stroke count for each character; lists 2 sample compounds using each character; shows calligraphy, handwritten and variant versions of each kanji; author offers helpful tips in the introduction; three look-up indices; Chinese readings are great […]

Master the Basics: Japanese by Nobuo & Carol Akiyama

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: see pros for Barron’s Japanese Grammar; review exercises/tests for every unit; tests a bit conventional but well thought out Cons: see cons for Barron’s Japanese Grammar; Japanese text is now printed in black rather than stand-out dark red; more of a well-crafted grammar reference than a lesson guide Part of […]

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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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English in Japanese: A Selection of Useful Loanwords by Akira Miura

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: solid explanations of how loanwords are and are not used in Japanese; discussion culturally relevant to Japan; offers and explains why it offers what conventional dictionaries lack with respect to borrowed words in Japanese; covers 400+ loans; treats one of the most unique aspects of Japanese vocabulary (and the most […]

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Writing Letters in Japanese by Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: focuses on a specific subject – Japanese letter writing – and teaches it well; loads of sample letters and envelopes; pays attention to politeness and familiarity levels of Japanese; letters for many situations and request types; categorizes separate pieces of letters so that you can build your own Japanese letter […]

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