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Japanese for Busy People II: Workbook Tapes (Japanese for Busy People Series)

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How can the Japanese for Busy People series help you learn Japanese?
Japanese for Busy People is, as the title suggests, a concise course for 'busy' students who want to learn natural, spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time. Three main texts - Japanese for Busy People I, Japanese for Busy People II, and Japanese for Busy People Ill - with related workbooks, cassette tapes, ODs, teacher's manuals, and videos make up this fully integrated three-level series. At each level, enough vocabulary and grammar has been provided to enable the learner to communicate in uncomplicated adult language without having to memorize excessive amounts of vocabulary and language patterns that are not immediately useful. All components of the Japanese for Busy People series have been prepared under the guidance of a working group of experienced Japanese language instructors who reviewed and tested the material in an authentic classroom environment.
Japanese for Busy People II: The Workbook is the ideal resource for any student who wishes to improve speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Japanese. This collection of exercises and activities has been developed to provide practice for sentence patterns presented in both the Revised Edition and Kana Version of Japanese for Busy People Il. The workbook can be used both in the classroom as a supplement for introducing or reviewing lessons, and outside the classroom for homework and review. When coordinated with the exercises and quizzes in the main textbook, this workbook should enable learners to improve their command of basic Japanese in a relatively short time.'

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Item Specifications...

Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 6.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Audio Cassette
Release Date   Mar 15, 1995
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770021119  
ISBN13  9784770021113  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Japanese for Busy People II: Workbook Tapes (Japanese for Busy People Series)?

good for supplemental practice.  May 18, 2008
It's good to use after reading and working with the japanese for busy people II textbook. Its basically supplemental practice, this doesn't really teach much besides that.
Not enough kanji  Nov 12, 2007
Be warned that this workbook is mainly in hiragana with an almost complete lack of kanji. For some reason they don't use the kanji they teach in the level 2 study book in this workbook. It becomes extremely difficult to study intermediate Japanese entirely in hiragana, and the only all-hiragana writing used in Japan is for children.

To be fair, I did like the warm-up section that reviewed verb conjugations. Also, to give myself some credit, I lived in Japan for 3 years and passed JLPT level 3.
Very useful.  May 25, 2007
A great supplement to the Japanese for Busy People II -- good practice for self-motivated learners of Japanese. Each lesson (there's 20) is composed of three sections, Warming Up (preparation practice), Sentence Pattern and Practice (key learning objectives with plenty of practice in sentence patterns), and Challenge (a level above to give learners a chance to test their skills). There's fill-in charts and lots of cartoons. Note that Kanji with Furigana pronunciation guides have been provided only in some sections in Lessons 11-20. There's no additional vocabulary other than what's already provided with the main text --- a positive point, in my opinion. All lessons run parallel to the main text. I bought this workbook because I don't get much practice to speak Japanese. I've found that the sentence patterns from the workbook are less complicated than those from the text and repeating them has really helped to "cement" what I'd learned. There's audio tapes sold separately, but you need them only if you prefer extra listening practice.
Good Complement to the Workbook  Aug 24, 2005
To pronounce Japanese well, it is important to repeatedly hear a native speaker. These tapes re-enforce the workbook lessons.

JFBP is a great series that really benefits from the multiple components. e.g.

1 The book
2 The CDs for the book
3 The workbook
4 The tapes for the workbook
5 The video
Each component re-enforces the other.

While I really like this series, you will need to find a way to deal with two short comings.
1) They never tell you the rules for verb conjugation. They only tell you to memorize. You will need another resource for this.
2) There is a lot of vocabulary, but no drilling method provided. You will need to do some flashcard drilling to really remember these. Don't forget to review old lessons.

All and all a great series. However, Pimsleur is still my favorite. Pimsleur is only audio, so is quite limited compared to JFBP, but their educational method is superb.

Good luck with your studies.
Excellent Text Book  Jan 12, 2005
Our class used this text and it's companion workbook for college level Japanese I & II classes. It's a wonderful text book and very effective when used within the context of an organized language class.

I struggled with self-study for a long time, but with the help of this textbook, I had learned to read/write Hirigana, conjugate common verbs & adverbs, use basic particles properly, comprehend the spoken langage more effectively and communicate in simple, grammatically decent, sentences.

This set of books is not intended for self-study. I strongly urge individuals interested in the Japanese language for both travel, business and recreational purposes take classes for the following reasons:

1) Discipline - assignments and repetition are necessary to learning a foreign language effectively.
2) Accuracy - this book 'hammers the grammar'. If your English grammer skills are lax, you're going to need professional instruction.
3) Pronunciation - CD language programs are fine for travel, but nothing beats a real-life instructor a linguistic reality check!
4) Commaraderie - Classmates are crucial in foreign language study. Who else will tolerate your learning curve?
5) MOST IMPORTANT - the language skills you'll learn in a real class with a wonderful book such as this will help you to speak and comprehend the language at a much higher level.


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