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Japanese for Busy People I: Kana Version Text - Revised 3rd Edition [Paperback]

Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT)
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Jan. 15 2007 Japanese for Busy People (Book 1)
THE REVISED 3RD EDITION OF JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE In the 22 years since its publication, Japanese for Busy People has won acclaim worldwide as an effective, easy-to-understand textbook, either for classroom use or for independent study. Now, in its first revision in more than a decade, the series is being redesigned, updated, and consolidated to meet the needs of today's students and businesspeople who want to learn natural, spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time.

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THE ASSOCIATION FOR JAPANESE-LANGUAGE TEACHING (AJALT) was established to meet the practical needs of people who wish to communicate effectively in Japanese. In 1977 it was recognized as a nonprofit organization by Japan's Ministry of Education. In 1992 it was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best for Beginners! May 16 2007
If you're looking for a good book to learn Japanese language, you probably have too many choices flooding your mind and have no idea which one is for you, because every one of them seems good. So, why this one?

This book is very well organized. It contains 11 units to cover the most practical topics surviving in Japan, such as meeting people, shopping, getting around, dinning out, visiting a japanese home, responding inquiries at office, and socializing, etc. Each unit is consist of a culture note, a specific grammar syntax and usage, and a couple of lessons. Each lesson starts with a short dialogue to illustrate the common conversation of the unit's topic. It also provides a detail explanation on the sentence usage and the new vocabulary introduced in the dialogue. Few exercises are followed to help readers to get familiarized and practice what they have just learned. An audio CD is also accompanied with this book to demonstrate the conversation addressed in each dialogues. At the end of the book, it comes with the Appendixes, which provides a summary of all the particles, sentence patterns, adjectives, etc. in a list with examples and reference to the book's units & lessons. In addition, it has a mini-dictionary with english to japanese and japanese to english. This book also makes use of a lot of pictures to illustrate dialogues and exercises. It really helps the reader to have a more relax and interesting learning journey. After finishing this book, you should be able to have the following skills: (i) basic usage of nouns, verbs, adjectives, (b) basic conversation for essential everyday siturations, and (c) reading and writing hiragana & katakana.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book April 4 2014
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Very solid book for learning Japanese. So far it helps for reading and writing Katakana and Hiragana if you already know it. For me it's difficult to keep up in class since I don't have it memorized.

Would've given it full 5 stars except Amazon shipped this book and the condition of the book wasn't the best. It had noticeable bends that kind of bugged me. Still does, but it's OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice book Feb. 16 2014
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I'm recently learning Japanese language and this book helps with daily conversation and learning Hiragana. The language becomes easier if you carefully read this book and try your best to remember the vocabulary
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5.0 out of 5 stars It has lots of situation of the conversations Feb. 16 2010
if someone who knows Katakana , it will be helpful. it has a variety of examples and situations.

it is not that difficult to the beginner of learners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 23 2013
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Japanese for Busy People is an ever famous book series for learners of Japanese language. It's a must have for new learners of Japanese language.
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