Item description for 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese by Giles Murray...
13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese presents tested shortcuts for Japanese language acquisition. Identifying two groups of people who actively and effectively study Japanese to the point of fluency-successful non-native learners and Japanese children-Giles Murray has collected from both groups the most rewarding and universal techniques which can be put to immediate use by both beginner and advanced students of Japanese. This book is designed for people who have tried orthodox textbooks and failed, people who know a little Japanese but don't have the necessary time or motivation to make the transition to more serious textbooks, and people seeking to increase fluency using ability already acquired. It introduces new strategies for thinking, speaking and memorizing Japanese quickly, efficiently and independently. Used in tandem with a mainstream textbook, these strategies will enable any student to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations, and to speak without hesitation in natural and fluent Japanese. With lively and entertaining commentaries, striking illustrations, two Japanese manga-including a six-page extract from Osamu Tezuka's famous Blackjack series-brainteasing puzzles, and genuinely useful example sentences, 13 Secrets offers a unique and exciting alternative to all students of Japanese. Featuring - An original manga by Tezuka Osamu - All new custom-written 16-page manga - 3 mini-graphic novels - Over 100 illustrations - Dynamic quiz format - Full glossaries
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 1999
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770023022 ISBN13 9784770023025
Availability 0 units.
More About Giles Murray
Senji Kuroi is the penname of Shunjiro Osabe, a novelist from Tokyo who graduated in economics from Tokyo University. He worked as a "salaryman" while writing novels and was an Akutagawa Ryunosuke Prize candidate in 1968. The following year he published Jikan (Time) and in 2001 won the Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize for his novel Life in the Cul-de-Sac, which is available in English translation. He also has won the Yomiuri Prize and the Noma Prize and currently serves as president of the Japan Writer's Association as well as a member of the selection committee for the Akutagawa Prize.
Reviews - What do customers think about 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese?
Good for elementary learners Mar 21, 2004
There is nothing in this book that an intermediate or higher student doesn't already know. If your new to Japanese, go for it otherwise don't waste your money.
Not for those new to the language Jan 21, 2004
This boook may be helpful to those who have had one or two years of college level japanese or are at an equivalent speaking level. If you are in the beginning of your studies and think that this book will help acquire fluency at a quicker pace then be warned. Most of the concepts were well beyond my own pitiful knowledge of the language which rests at about one semester equivalency. I think that the book may be helpful down the road, but at the incipient stages of learning only the first chapter or two can be used. This is definitely for more advanced speakers who can communicate fairly well and need that extra 'insiders' knowledge to boost them towards a native speakers level.
Not just useful for Students of Japanese Jun 24, 2003
Dont get me wrong, students of japanese are definately going to be the ones able to gain the most out of this book because it is specifically focused on learning the japanese language, and the many examples, quizes, and certain study tips are unique to Japan. But many of Murray's tips are useful for studying any language. Specifically im referring to the two chapters explaining stratagies for coping with not knowing the right word, or just plain not being able to remember it. As he notes, these are problems native speakers have too!!! they just know how to deal with it better.... While his examples are really great for japanese, the concept should be taught more often in other languages... GET OVER BEING AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES... and JUST TALK!!!!
The style of this book is relaxed enough that it can simply be read for entertainments sake because of the games, and stories within. I really like how Murray doesnt take himself too seriously in his writing, which makes the information just that much more accessible, and therefore useable. The advice on katakana words is priceless... i completely agree, thats its a mistake to conciously avoid hundreds to thousands of vocabulary items we already know, because we THINK its not REAL japanese... who made us the language police (unless you're in France, then its understandable). The reality is that if actual real live Japanese people can understand it... thats good enough.
He even made me think twice about a couple of my own study habits... personally, im not a fan of anime, manga, etc... if you like it, thats fine, its just not for me personally...but i will admit that Murray makes a great argument for reading manga as a study aid... actually made better in the chapter about sleezy romance novels.. but the point still applies... that it doesnt matter if we really like it... but that we can learn some useable japanese from the process. Great Book... definately worth a look if you're a student of any language, and a must own for beginning students of japanese.
Cheap tricks Feb 7, 2003
If you are interested in cheap tricks rather than substance, this is the book for you. There is no easy way to learn Japanese. There are easier ways, but no easy ways. Where is the beef? Not here.
Fresh and usable -- BUY THIS BOOK!! May 24, 2002
I've lived in Japan most of my life. Having worked in education, I've read and know about language books, particularly those on practical Japanese language. What's good about this 13 Secrets book is that it teaches you how to express yourself in Japanese with individuality and character. I've read a lot of books which just try to make a boring language robot out of you. This book covers all sorts of areas of language, like jokes (straight and sarcastic) and the language of exaggeration, so you can make your point in conversations. It also teaches all sorts of practical techniques to help you get by even if you don't exactly the right word. If you set your thought patterns right, then you can say pretty much whatever you want to say. This was a revelation.
The other thing that's good about this book are all the illustrations - especially the 'IF' manga. If you need to get a fresh perspective on Japanese and want to have fun talking to Japanese people then this book is great. Give it to people who are bored with Japanese or about to give up their studies and watch their language-acquisition juices start pumping all over again!