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JAPANESE in 10 minutes a day® with CD-ROM (10 Minutes a Day) [Paperback]

By Kristine K. Kershul (Author), Shaun Doig (Consultant) & Yukari Doig (Consultant)
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Item description for JAPANESE in 10 minutes a day® with CD-ROM (10 Minutes a Day) by Kristine K. Kershul, Shaun Doig & Yukari Doig...

Traveling to Japan? Then learning the language is at the top of your list and this book/CD-ROM combo is the best way to prepare for your trip! A new interactive CD-ROM with computer activities and games add a playful new twist and learning Japanese is much more fun! With your new skills you'll be able to participate in this rich culture and you're ready for a trip of a lifetime!

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Traveling to Japan? Then learning the language is at the top of your list and JAPANESE i]in 10 minutes a day /i] sup]R /sup] with CD-ROM is the best way to prepare for your trip This complete program combines the ever-popular JAPANESE i]in 10 minutes a day /i] sup]R /sup] Book with a new interactive CD-ROM-it's the perfect blend of education and entertainment. Interactive activities such as Sticky Labels, Flash Cards and games add a playful twist to learning the language. With your new skills, you'll be able to shop the Ginza, see the sights and make reservations-all in Japanese Now you're ready for the trip of a lifetime Perfect for students, international executives and inspired travelers wishing to participate in this rich and ancient culture.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   132
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2008
Publisher   Bilingual Books, Inc. (WA)
Age  10
Series  10 Minutes A Day  
ISBN  1931873070  
ISBN13  9781931873079  

Availability  0 units.

More About Kristine K. Kershul, Shaun Doig & Yukari Doig

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kristine K. Kershul blends her experience as a teacher, world traveler and language scholar to create a playful, innovative way to learn and use a new language.
Teacher: As an expert linguist, Kristine spent ten years teaching German at universities in the United States and in Europe.
World Traveler: An adventurous spirit, Kristine has explored more than 100 countries, from Bhutan to Zimbabwe, and almost every exotic locale in between. She understands the problems that all travelers encounter, regardless of which country they are visiting. She knows first-hand how languages can open doors to new adventures, new friends and different cultures.
Language Scholar: Kristine completed her undergraduate and graduate studies while living in Heidelberg, Germany. She then received a second Master's Degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara and subsequently, did her Doctoral studies in Medieval German Languages and Literature. In addition to German she also speaks a number of other languages ranging from Arabic to Swahili.
A Colorful Background: Kristine's fascination for languages began as a child growing up in a tri-lingual household in Oregon, where Croatian, Danish and English were spoken.
Kristine's natural gift for languages opened doors outside the academic world. She worked as a bilingual travel guide in Europe and later, as a translator at the U.S. Embassy in Germany.
On A Personal Note: Kristine's passion for travel, foreign languages and new cultures continues to take her around the world. One never knows where she'll venture to next - Namibia, Kiribati or Guyana. Kristine is a licensed pilot, a certified diver and an avid downhill skier. She enjoys competitive horseback riding and playing the piano. She makes her home in both Seattle, Washington and in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kristine K. Kershul currently resides in Santa Barbara Seattle, in the state of California.

Kristine K. Kershul has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 10 Minutes a Day
  2. 10 Minutes a Day (R)
  3. Language Maps

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If you want to speak Japanese   Jul 27, 2008
I bought this, hoping to one day go to Japan and speak it well enough to function. I must say, if you're a visual person, this may expedite your journey to learning how to speak Japanese.

With full-color pictures and labels and such, the learning process can be quite enjoyable. Invite friends and family to participate as well. It was very similar to a child learning to talk if that helps at all... (-points at door- Doa.) Soon it'll become a frenzy, pointing and naming, boosting confidence at will.

Now I emphasize speak, knowing there are three different ways to write Japanese. If you're hoping to read/write Japanese, then this book would not aid you -- at all.

Since I happen to study, in school, Chinese, I haven't put as much study time into Japanese as I have for my class. Yet I found myself able to recognize more of my surroundings in Japanese more so than Chinese. This was a definite bonus if you're looking to learn this language for travel.

Although I do, now, enjoy the language of Japanese, my original goal was not met after completing the lessons. (To be able to read Raw Manga) In return, however, I did gain more of a love of languages in all, and have decided to purchase the Chinese version of the series.

To sum it up. This book is for people who look to speak it. In fact, I hate to say this, but it's not even for those who hope to listen to it. The book serves its purpose, therefore is highly recommended by me. It allows you to immerse yourself in the language, and you may even get some fun out of it.
Nice Supplemental Book  Jan 18, 2008
This was the first Japanese learning book I got for myself. It's in a workbook-fashion, with lots of pictures and stickers that you can put on things around the house. That's very nice and all but it didn't teach me how to learn Japanese. I started instead with the Berlitz Learn in 30 Days program and am doing better. I also supplement with another learning workbook, videos, podcasts and whatever else I can find.

Using this book as a supplement is fun, but don't count on it to learn a lot of Japanese.
OK Beginner Book  Jan 5, 2007
THIS BOOK IS GREAT!! It teaches a lot of vocabulary and includes puzzles, flash cards, sticky labels, etc. A good beginnger book.

THE BAD STUFF: Lacks almost any explanation of grammar. I highly reccommend this book to a beginner EXCEPT, try to get a grammar book to go with it, or else a site that teaches the basics. Go through that before working in this book and it will help.

ABOUT THE WRITING SYSTEM: I would say that it is probably best to learn the japanese writing while using this book, and practice transliterating (changing from one writing system to another) the romaji into kanji and kana. I would imagine though, if you were more interested in learning SPOKEN japanese than you could simply disregard the writing system.

OVERALL: Not a waste of money because you can make progress everyday and keep motivated, instead of just odd stuff here and there. It makes you feel like you're taking a class...where you're the teacher! Go as fast or slow as you want, and you'll always be able to go back to the previous lessons and study from them.

ADVICE: Have fun with it. Make tests for yourself, say the japanese names for things everytime you see something. Have someone place flash cards in unexpected places so whenever you open the refrigerator or hang up a coat, you learn a word. Enjoy, and good luck with Japanese!
Quite good  Oct 24, 2006
This was the first book I used to learn Japanese. The extensively illustrated text has exercises on nearly every page. It gave me a good grasp of the basic fundamentals IN ROMAJI. I disagree with those students that say you must learn the Kana at the same time. I started with Japanese in 10 Minutes a Day and learned lots of words and very basic sentence stricture. I still use the flash cards and the stickers are still up all over my house (no they haven't left any marks even on wood). Now I'm working with more advanced books and learning to read Japanese in Japanese writing. I don't think I could have done that without knowing some of the words first.

The best part about this book was that I felt that I was making progress every day.
Japanese in 10 Minutes a Day  Sep 22, 2006
This is the first Japanese-language book I had ever gotten; the same year as it's first printing, 1998. At this time, I couldn't find nearly as many resources as there are now for Japanese, so this was all I had! It was at the height of my interest in anime and video games that I really wanted to learn Japanese. This book, though it provided the foundation for my continuing interest in Japanese, entirely left out many important points. It wasn't until my later, more serious study of Japanese that I realized what was wrong with this book.
But, first of all, the good points. For one, it has a sensible layout. It starts with pronunciation and from there moves on to key question words, naming locations of objects, rooms of a house, and so on. Every lesson is short enough to not be overwhelmed by (taking about 10 minutes or so to complete and ponder over), and yet provides you with a lot of useful words and phrases. Each lesson builds off of the previous one, so you probably won't forget what you were supposed to have learned before, since it keeps reminding you of certain important phrases (especially the question words). There are many exercises asking you to write each word a few times so you retain it as well as exercises that ask you to answer questions or recall previously learned information. One of the better features of this book is that it comes with over 150 "sticky labels" that you can attach onto objects around your house. These labels will help you to associate the Japanese word with the concept involved (kagami = mirror, for example). There are also flash cards to cut out, a "PocketPal" guide with essential travel phrases, and a cut out "Menu" section listing Japanese words for common foods and drinks.
Now for the bad points. It's first mistake is in referring to the sound system of Japanese as an "alphabet". It isn't an alphabet, it's a syllabary. Syllabaries are based around sounds, not letters. English is written in the Roman alphabet, which contains letters (a, b, c, d, and so on). Japanese is written in hiragana and katakana, which contains sounds (the sounds a, i, u, e, o, ka, ki, ku, ke, ko, and so on). The book does self-admit using romaji to represent Japanese; romaji is the use of the Roman alphabet to represent Japanese words. For example, everytime you type Japanese words like "sushi" you are already using romaji. I don't really have so much of a problem with their use of romaji, which is typical for this type of beginner's text. I just find it odd that they don't mention anything about Japanese being syllable-based instead of letter-based, because this is very important. They mention nothing about the writing system, except that "Japanese is written in pictograms"! All of their pronunciation information is correct, however.
Another big problem is that particle words are not explained. The book mentions that: "Japanese has many particle words...Often particle words cannot be translated into English. When these particle words have no English equivalents, they will simply be marked (P)." Though this simplifies the matter of learning basic Japanese, which is what this book was designed for, I really wondered about what these mysterious "particle words" were at the time I first was using this book. It seems that Japanese in 10 Minutes a Day could've at least mentioned that "wa" is a particle word introducing the topic of the sentence, "e" indicates direction, and so forth. They are just short little components of sentences, but they are essential to understanding how Japanese grammar works. I later found that almost all of the "10 minutes a Day" series is structured in the same fashion as the Japanese one, with little consideration for the nuances of each language. With this in consideration, it isn't surprising that the particle words weren't explained better.
I remember a lot of the vocabulary and sentences from using this particular book, but I really didn't "get" Japanese after using it. It is a book designed for someone that really doesn't know very much about Japanese and doesn't really desire to know more than the essential words and phrases, approach it in a "fun" manner, and perhaps it may be helpful for a tourist needing to know some degree of Japanese to get by. While this would be an ideal book to get for a young person with an interest in Japanese (it is rather easy to get into and isn't complicated), it's definitely not for someone who is serious about Japanese.

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