Item description for Japanese for Dummies [With CDROM] by Eriko Sato...
Japanese is a wonderful language, very different from European languages. It is also the gateway to the rich culture of the exciting and complex island nation of Japan. Some people get intimidated by the prospect of speaking Japanese—worried that it's just too complex and different—but these fears are unfounded. While you can devote a lifetime to the study of this or any language, picking up the basics of Japanese doesn't require any more than an interest and a willingness to try something new.
Japanese For Dummies has everything you need to get off the ground with speaking the language. Author and Professor of Japanese Eriko Sato starts you off with the essentials of grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the language, before showing you Japanese in action. You'll then explore vocabulary and expressions through dialogues taking place in situations such as:
Introductions and greetings
Eating and drink ing
Exploring the town
Talking on the telephone
Staying at a hotel
You'll also discover social customs, formalities, and manners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present. Whether you simply want to introduce yourself to the Japanese language, say a few words to a neighbor or coworker, or you're planning a major trip or study abroad in Japan, Japanese For Dummies will enable you to get the basics fast and work towards your own goal at your own pace. You'll also find out about:
How to use karaoke to help you learn Japanese
Movies that will introduce you to Japanese culture and language
Learning Japanese the “gourmet” way
When ignoring “no, thank you” shows good manners
Proper table manners
Proper body language
How to sound fluent
And much more!
With helpful vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary at the end, and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations, Japanese For Dummies assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese on your part—providing the perfect guide for a quick-but-thorough, lighthearted-but-not-lightweight introduction to the language.
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Studio: For Dummies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 7.38" Height: 0.96" Weight: 1.36 lbs.
Release Date Jun 7, 2002
Publisher For Dummies
ISBN 0764554298 ISBN13 9780764554292 UPC 785555107779
Availability 0 units.
More About Eriko Sato
Eriko Sato, PhD, is Director of the Teacher Certification Program for Japanese and the Pre-College Japanese Language Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Eriko Sato currently resides in Stony Brook, in the state of New York. Eriko Sato was born in 1962.
Reviews - What do customers think about Japanese for Dummies AUDIO+CD?
Nothing special Nov 16, 2007
This book has a lot of information, but very little teaching. I've seen too many books in this style and I don't like them. The problem that I have is that there is material presented, but no way to verify that you have learned what you have read. Chapter 2 discusses particles, question words, pronouns, verb conjugation, adjectives, nouns, numbers, and counting. These are explained through charts. Particles alone should take a few chapters to really comprehend. The rest of the book puts you in a situation and you have to memorize vocabulary. It then presents a short conversation between people. I can see myself speaking one of these sentences to a Japanese person and having them respond with something that I know nothing about.
I would have liked to have been taught a simple idea, given many examples of its usage, then ask me questions to show that I understood the idea. The one thing I can see myself using this book for in the future is to pick a topic I am interested in and memorize the vocabulary for that chapter. I'll look elsewhere for my Japanese learning.
Japanese for Dummies Oct 17, 2007
This is a well written and easy to understand book accompanied by an invaluable CD. It is so helpful even my 7 year of nephew is now very quickly learning the language. We are soon travelling to Japan and know that having had the benefit of this book we have a good chance of understanding the language whereas before we would have been lost in translation. Cant wait to try it out.
Japanese for Dummies doesn't live up to other Dummies books. Feb 27, 2007
If you are serious about learning Japanese, stay away from this book. First, it only uses "romanji", which is rarely used by Japanese people. You can learn the basic Japanese alphabets with a few weeks daily study. What would you think of someone studying English using only Japanese letters? It doesnt make much sense. Romaji should be used to ease you in to the Japanese alphabet, not substitute it. This book encourages that bad habit. Second, it has no concept of "level appropriate" and throws out all kinds of idiosyncratic vocab. You are learning the word for "fresh shrimp" before going over elemtary vocab. I live in Japan, and I quickly discarded this book as soon as I discovered alternatives which actually help you learn Japanese and understand Japanese culture (like the book "Genki").
Japanese for Dummies AUDIO+CD Feb 8, 2007
The book gives a very open and care-free attitude, and gives the reader a good incite to the japanese language. It gives full explainations of why things are said the way they are said. Also the tables make it easy to analyse the topics' teachings and learn them with relative ease. How ever it only gives romanji spellings, no hiragana or katakana nor does it explain how to pronounciate some of the wording. For example : 'tabemasu ka', should be pronounced 'tabemaska'. So , conclusion; good but could be improved in some ways
Nice, but... Nov 15, 2006
Well, here is what I have to say about this book. Being one of those common 14-year-old anime fans that I am, I decided I really wanted to learn Nihongo (Japanese). So, yes, this is a review from a complete beginner in the Japanese language. I have not yet finished the book, but so far I understand quite a bit more about Japanese sentence structure and customs. But, my problem is that I am not a very speedy learner, and this book does not help you much with memorization of words, suffixes, etc., but instead seems to be a bit straightforward, or something like that. So I have been stuck on chapter 2 for quite a while just trying to fully absorb and understand everything about the grammar basics and such. However, overall, this book should help any beginner in some way if they really stick to it!