Posts tagged: Japanese reference materials

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 […]

Japanese Kanji Flashcards (White Rabbit Press)

Hodges’ & Okazaki’s Japanese Kanji Flashcards provide a systematic way to learn over 1000 kanji characters by studying hundreds of flashcards. Cards are color coded to three levels of proficiency as measured by the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (levels 4 through 2 – it counts down in difficulty). Although I have yet to write a […]

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Kanji Cards, Vol. 1-4 by Tuttle

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: includes all the basic information about kanji on each card; one card tests your knowledge of one character; composition on one side, meaning and reading on the other; reference numbers for each kanji link this resource to any dictionary or kanji reference guide; over 1000 characters throughout all four sets; […]

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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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