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Ultimate Japanese: Basic-Intermediate: Compact Disc Edition [Audio CD]

Hiroko Storm
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Nov. 7 2000 LL(R) Ultimate Basic-Intermed
Learn Japanese at home or on the go with the most complete, up-to-date program available!

Developed by the experts at Living Language, this deluxe course has everything you need to speak, understand, read, and write Japanese. Ultimate Japanese combines conversation with grammar and culture in an easy-to-follow, enjoyable, and effective format.

COMPREHENSIVE LESSON MANUAL with REFERENCE SECTIONS

40 lessons:
lively, authentic dialogues
vocabulary, grammar, and usage
cultural highlights
revised and updated with additional exercises, the latest in computers, the Internet, and more
        
Reference sections:
summary of Japanese accents and particles
business and social letter writing
Japanese-English / English-Japanese glossary

EIGHT COMPACT DISCS

First learn at home:
immerse yourself in Japanese -- listen and repeat with the all-Japanese recordings
follow along with the manual, which includes English translations
learn conversation, grammar, and culture

Then practice on the go:
review and expand upon what you've learned
an English-speaking instructor guides you through each lesson
no reading required with these Japanese/English recordings
learn in the car, at the gym, anywhere

INCLUDES:

Eight Compact discs
528-page textbook

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"The dialogues are wonderful and among the best I've seen in a language course."


ALEXANDRA LEAF, New York University

"I would not hesitate to use it as a primary text in any elementary or intermediate college-level class."
PROFESSOR VINCENZO GATTO, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y.

"The materials are of a high quality and are fun for the learner."
CYNTHIA RAMSEY, Ph.D., Basic Language Program, University of Southern California

"A really great package for those who don't have the money to spend two years in a foreign country!"
JUERGEN KEMPFF, Ph.D., Curriculum Director, University of California, Irvine


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Format:Audio CD
(By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One" (ISBN:1591133343))
Self-teaching texts often veer to one extreme or the other. Some simply present the learner with lists of words and phrases, which leave the student unable to form her own sentences. Others overwhelm the student in academic theory--an approach which makes language study seem a like a 50-mile forced march through the desert.
The Living Language "Ultimate" series strikes an appropriate balance between the academic knowledge that you will need to make long-term progress in the language, and the snippets of conversation that you need to get started.
In completing this course, author Hiroko Storm has followed the established Living Language formula. If you are new (or relatively new) to the Japanese language, then this course is a good place to start.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but romaji sucks Nov. 20 2003
By Jas Bro
Format:Audio CD
Contrary to what has been stated there are exercises (and solutions) at the end of each chapter, and if you keep in mind that this is not an exercise book they are in the right ratio.

This book has been very carefully structured, the CDs are excellent, the examples and exercises are well chosen and bank on material previously covered, the grammar is clear and to the point.

I personally don't understand how some found this book difficult. I respect their opinion, but Japanese is not just another European language.

In fact, if anything, the only problem with this book is the abuse of romaji. I can understand how the authors wanted to provide a gentle introduction for novices, but this is too much. Romaji is bad for you. I have a very visual memory and romaji means that I have to learn the same language twice. I think the book would greatly benefit from an alternative furigana edition. It would be the perfect book, and this fact is very frustrating.

I mean, let's face it. People who can't be asked or don't have the curiosity to learn kana before starting (or look up a table for the first unit or two) invariably don't make it past unit two anyway. Even more appalling is the fact that even the "advanced" volume still sticks to romaji! Who on earth is going to buy that?

If you buy this, make sure you download a kana table and learn it, buy a furigana drill book and a kanji book. If you're serious you'll be ok.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Oct. 8 2003
By Benoist
Format:Audio CD
This book pretends to teach you to "speak, read and write japanese fluently" but does not even use kanas or kanjis in most of the text. To avoid if you want to learn to read and write fluently !
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Format:Audio CD
(By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One" (ISBN:1591133343))
Self-teaching texts often veer to one extreme or the other. Some simply present the learner with lists of words and phrases, which leave the student unable to form her own sentences. Others overwhelm the student in academic theory--an approach which makes language study seem a like a 50-mile forced march through the desert.
The Living Language "Ultimate" series strikes an appropriate balance between the academic knowledge that you will need to make long-term progress in the language, and the snippets of conversation that you need to get started.
In completing this course, author Hiroko Storm has followed the established Living Language formula. If you are new (or relatively new) to the Japanese language, then this course is a good place to start.
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1.0 out of 5 stars in at the deep end May 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I searched Amazon for hours before settling on this one, so I suppose that it is the best. However, it dodn't work at all for me personally.
I _like_ learning languages. I am fluent in German, to the extent that I am occassionally taken for a native speaker, have very good french and good latin, but I just couldn't hack it with this book.
I can only imagine that it is due to the approach. Where other language courses start by giving you a few nouns and a few verbs & make them into stilted & unnatural sentences, this one throws you striaght into natural conversations - but they seemed just too complex for a beginner.
The course does look very good though, with a large, well laid out book & all of those CDs. I think that I might start with a Japanes for Dummies sort of book; then, when I have a little bit of knowledge, I could come back to this one.
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Format:Audio CD
The ultimate japanese book and cds are wonderful. There are 8cds that comes with this. It helps you to get the pronuctiations right. And also the manual gives a lot of detail about the jaapanese language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Japanese April 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
This book and the cd are great. They clearly explain how sentences and particles are used and give cultural highlights about japan. The cds help saying words and alot of helpful things.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good guide April 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
This book serves as a very solid textbook for learning the language. Each lesson is well-structured, starting with a conversation and then explaining different grammatical points and usage. It has been and will continue to be my primary guide for learning Japanese. The audio will be an important pronounciation tool for those of you who don't have a Japanese mother (as I do).
However, you must be your own teacher. There are no exercises, only limited testing (you can pass the tests without having mastered the material, such as vocab), and very little added fun. I don't mind the additional work of making my own exercises, but it's not for everyone. And I have lots of personal motivation to keep me going, which is absolutely necessary if you use this as your guide.
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