Item description for Japanese for Busy People II: CDs (Japanese for Busy People Series) by AJALT...
These discs have been recorded in stereo under studio conditions by native speakers, male and female, with assigned roles. The Japanese is the normal speed or very slightly slower than that heard in daily conversation. Great care has been taken to present the most representative pronunciation of each individual word and to preserve the natural flow of spoken Japanese. In imitating the model speakers, the student should pay close attention to pronunciation, pitch and intonation. The dialogues, which are most frequently in question-and-answer form, have been recorded so that one person's voice comes from the left speaker and the other person's from the right speaker. If stereo playback equipment is used, the volume on one channel can be lowered, allowing the student to take the part of the muted voice. The student can alternately practice either questions or answers and test himself or herself on mastery of both roles. For each lesson, the following parts have been recorded: Opening Dialogue (or Text). Key Sentences and Exercises in the Practice section and Short Dialogue(s). Lessons 10 and 20 have only reading passages on disc.
To the Student While listening to the Opening Dialogue, the student should try to imagine the scene being enacted and follow the flow of the conversation. Then after practicing the new words in the vocabulary out loud, he or she should imitate in a clear voice the model speakers on the disc. The Key Sentences are important grammar points in the lesson, and should be mastered thoroughly before proceeding. The Exercises are recorded in their entirety. After learning the new words in this section, the student should use them in his or her oral practice. The supplementary Short Dialogues are similar to the Opening Dialogues. Once these have been mastered, words and patterns already learned can be put to use in expansion drills. Having completed the lesson, the student should return to the Opening Dialogue and listen to it again. It is at this time that taking the role of one of the model speakers can be most effective, and the student should practice until he or she can do this fluently. To the Teacher Since classroom time is limited, it is important to devote as much of it as possible to drilling students in the dialogues and exercises. The discs can best be employed to augment classroom work, either as preparation before class or as review. As a minimum, students should be expected to practice new vocabulary by listening to the disc while memorizing the meanings of the words. Optimally, they should master the Opening Dialogue, Key Sentences and related vocabulary as soon as possible during review of the lesson.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 7" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 1995
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770021364 ISBN13 9784770021366
Reviews - What do customers think about Japanese for Busy People II: CDs (Japanese for Busy People Series)?
Not as entertaining as the Level II workbook Jun 19, 2008
Japanese For Busy People is an odd series: It was not composed at once, but instead each piece came at a different time. And this is evident both in the main books and the workbooks.
While I really enjoyed the Workbook for level II, I must say this one is too dry, exercises are too short, and overall lacks the "story" that was present in Workbook II thanks to Mr. Biji. Our friend is still featured, but not as prominently as he should have.
On the other side, this book gets more serious than the previous and provides valuable cultural information, together with Kanji practice, a necessity for those going Heisig-Sensei's path.
Effective way to learn Japanese Jul 23, 2007
We used this in my high school as our Japanese textbook, and I loved its style and effectiveness. Great language book.
Japanese study guides Jan 5, 2007
These books, Japanese for busy people, are the best self-study books i have used. i have been studying Japanese for a long time and have used a lot of books and these are by far the best series!
Schoolbook Jan 3, 2007
This is not a very difficult book, which is both a good and a bad thing. Most people probably use this as a part of their class, and it is not too difficult to be used in self-study. Some grammar is introduced in a weird order - some very common (and not difficult) structures are introduced quite late. I liked "Shin Bunka Shokyuu Nihongo" a lot more, but wouldn't recommend it for self-study.
The kanji-reference in the end does not (if i remember correctly) include kanji learned in japanese for busy people 1 & 2, which IMO is a problem.
Even if it has its problems it's not too bad. Would recommend it for self-study, if it fits your level (past JLPT4, maybe studying for JLPT3).
No book... Nov 9, 2006
I thought the JFBP III book came with this package, however it was only two audio CD's. I am not completely through it, but most of it seems like listening practice, two Japanese speakers in a conversation.