Item description for Japanese in MangaLand 3: Intermediate Level (Japanese in Mangaland (Numbered)) by Marc Bernabe...
Manga is well on its way to becoming the most popular comic form in the United States. According to USA Today, sales in 2004 reached $120 million, a 20% increase over 2003. At the same time, interest in learning Japanese is booming among secondary school students-and recent studies indicate that the reason students want to learn Japanese is to be able to understand their favorite anime and manga in its original language. Like the first two volumes in the Japanese in MangaLand series, this third volume combines the phenomenal popularity of manga with language instruction to make learning Japanese easier and a lot more fun than with traditional approaches. Japanese in MangaLand 3 picks up where volume 2 left off, with 15 lessons designed to help students consolidate and further expand their Japanese skills at the intermediate level. The book offers an intensive study of grammar and conversation combined with examples from manga that introduce "real life" spoken Japanese - not typical "textbook" language. The conversational lessons will help students communicate in various everyday situations in Japan, from ordering in a restaurant to speaking the Osaka dialect, from using the honorific language (keigo) to the casual, colloquial, idiomatic and vulgar expressions found in manga. Japanese in MangaLand 3 covers all the requirements of grammar, vocabulary and kanji of Level 3 (Intermediate) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, as well as offering many exercises, grammar and vocabulary reference appendixes (especially designed for Proficiency Test candidates) and many other features. And, in the fall of 2007, when high schools around the country begin offering Advance Placement courses in Japanese, these entertaining and user-friendly instructional materials will surely find an even wider audience.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 10.5" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Apr 7, 2006
Publisher Japan Publications Trading
ISBN 4889961879 ISBN13 9784889961874
Availability 0 units.
More About Marc Bernabe
MARC BERNABE is a Japanese-Spanish/Catalan translator and interpreter, working mainly on manga and anime translations. He also specializes in language and Japanese culture didactics for foreigners. He combines his professional and academic activities with the web page Nipoweb.com, of which he is founder, co-webmaster and regular contributor.
Reviews - What do customers think about Japanese in MangaLand 3: Intermediate Level (Japanese in Mangaland (Numbered))?
Finally! A course that focuses on the written word! Oct 3, 2007
This series is the best I've found after floundering off and on for years. I am a visual learner and the best way for me to learn is to read, but reading Japanese has always been presented as something difficult and fearful. Traditional courses put it off as long as possible and you are always taught "polite" language first. However, most of us who want to learn the language are used to hearing the extremely colloquial language found in our favorite anime and/or reading manga. This course does just the opposite. Polite language is not ignored, but colloquialisms that would only be taught to advanced students elsewhere are brought up right from the first.
More importantly, this course hits reading head on from the first page. While it's true that they hang on to romaji throughout the first book, it is eliminated in the two that follow. As the author warns in the preface to Vol. 2, it's time to strap on a headband and get to work after you've made it through the introductory first volume.
I'm now nearing the end of the second volume and ready to tackle the third in preparation for the JLPT in December. The author claims that you should be ready for the level 3 after Vol. 3, and I intend to put that to the test...literally.
Frankly, I would like to see this series repackaged for college use with more workbooks like that accompanying the first volume (and the answers only found in the teacher's edition!), it's that good and most college course books that I've seen are that BAD. (Don't even get me started on the dense, dry style and confusing romaji in "Japanese: The Spoken Language". It's horrible, and is yet one of the more commonly used series. *sigh*)
The format changes slightly after the first volume, with in depth work with those evil particles and verb conjugations. But to get to the heavy hitting work, you first must make it through the first volume.
My suggestion is to buy all 3 and the workbook for volume one and give yourself the goal of passing the level 3 JLPT (there are 4 levels with 4 being the easiest and 1 the hardest). With a definite goal and a once a year testing schedule with a definite date that YOU have no control over, it's much easier to buckle down and study.
It's working well for me, anyway. I've already noticed myself automatically reading the signs in pictures I took on vacation in Japan a few years ago..and not just the ones in English or kana!
Entertainment, as a way to learn Japanese Aug 21, 2006
I've found this book to be very useful. Especially for those who are obsessed by Manga, because it about normal colloquial speech and consider subject which are not treated by regular schoolbook.