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Japanese Busy People #1 Kana Paperback – Feb 28 1996
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Association Japanese Language Teaching is a Kodansha author.
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However, one negative is the lack of vocabulary. The learner has to go online and lookup news articles. Go to http://188.8.131.52/~jems/hosokyoku/bangumi.html for articles with audio and fill in the blank quizzes.
Critics say this book tells you to memorize verb forms and adjectives but the patterns will be very obvious. As long as you are willing to put in the effort, this book will teach you everything you need to know to start.
The book does have some shortcomings. Other reviewers have pointed out that book does a poor job of explaining form constructions, instead, it directs one to memorize a list of verbs/adj/etc. I agree this is not the way to go. This deficiency is easily overcome by a class or tutor. My Sensei does a good job explaining how verb/adj/etc structures are formed... so the book's failure to do so is no big deal. If you are learning on your own... this could be a problem.
Having a teacher is a good idea in the beginning anyway as it will give you a chance to practice speaking and listening. I actually started using JFBP on my own because my class book (Japanese New College Text) is just awful.
1) Situational Functional Japanese I, II, III (the absolute best! But make sure you get the drill book AND the notes book)
2) Japanese: The Spoken Language 1, 2, 3. While this series is second best, it is absolutely the BEST in terms of grammar explanations. The weird roomaji system is frustrating, but it's worth it if you can digest the explanations.
3) Genki I, II. Rapidly surpassing Japanese for Busy People in terms of popularity. Simple to understand grammar exercises, great exercises, very useful vocabulary, immerses you in kana right off the board forcing you to abandon the harmful roomaji.
Okay, now why is JfBP so bad? Well, first of all, they get progressively better. So Book 2 is mediocre, and Book 3 is not too bad (#1 above is still better). But Book 1. Whew boy. First of all, it pretends Japanese is simple. Instead of actually _explaining_ things, it simply tells you to start memorizing everything under the sun.Read more ›
This review is of the Kana version of the book (note the different ISBN number).
Japanese has been increasingly popular over the last 2 decades. Initially, it was spurred by interest by business and trade... Remember the Japanese business fears of the 80's?
Nowadays, a second wave of interest in the Japanese language has been triggered by pop. culture. Children and young adults are being exposed to Japanese anime and popular culture resulting in a resurgence of interest in learning the language.
The AJALT wrote this series and there are actually 3 books in the series. Be careful though, this version is written in Kana... the Japanese alphabet with English notes and grammar tips....
There is a parallel version that is written in Romaji... Japanese in the English alphabet with phonetic pronounciation...
It is tempting to get the Romaji versions of the texts as you can save the time of learning Kana... However, I recommend this Kana version to anyone that is interested in learning the written as well as the spoken language. The Kana alphabet is easy to learn and just takes time... At the end of it, you will be MUCH better at Japanese than if you stick with the Romaji. In addition, the Romaji has some pronounciation slips and courses in Japanese are increasingly emphasizing the use of Kana only fromt he beginning.
The text's strengths focus around its well written and structured approach. Each chapter/lesson is written in small bites so that it can be easily digested.
This text makes self-study possible in that everything is really presented easily.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
While I am beginning to understand the rationale for how this textbook is designed, I still feel that it is too targeted to business users to be of true value to anyone not needing... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by zolo
This book covers the grammar very nicely and many people I've known to use it love it. However, it really depends who you are. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003
I watched my teenage daughter learn Japanese from this series over the past year, and I am amazed about how quickly she learned to speak elementary Japanese using these textbooks. Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by Debbie Lee Wesselmann
I love this series! This KANA version is designed to FORCE you to learn the correct pronunciation of japanese. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Pigumon
Reading some of the negative reviews about this motivated me to write. The first and foremost thing about learning a language is that there is no "instant method". Read morePublished on Dec 22 2002 by hyoi
There are two universal truths of acquiring a second language. First, there is no "quick method." It takes time and work. Second, self-study only gets you so far. Read morePublished on April 11 2002 by Zack Davisson
I first used the non-kana version which was actually my second text book but i quickly ditched it because i wanted to learn kana. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2001 by Alan W
well, i have to say i was pretty disappointed with this book. maybe i was naive to think that, as a beginner, i'd be able to learn japanese from a book. Read morePublished on July 30 2001 by Breanna Hunt
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