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Japanese for Busy People 1: Romanized Version

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The Kana Workbook teaches the two basic Jap anese scripts, hiragana and katakana, which are essential for any student wishing to read Japa nese. Now, a decade after its first revision, the entire series has been redesigned, updated and consolidated to meet the needs of 21st-century students and businesspeople who want to learn natural, spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time. In addition to developing verbal fluency, by the time the student is one-third the way through Book I he will have mastered the two phonetic syllabaries of Japanese. Sound files are now available to download from the Kodansha USA web site for more convenient learning. AJALT was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists on Japan but who wish to communicate effectively in the language.

If you've started your career, the dialogues, being business-y, will be more relevant than classroom-oriented ones found in other textbooks. The thirty lessons are composed of dialogues, notes on grammar, and vocabulary, exercises and quizzes. Each chapter introduces target grammar and vocab gradually, so it's never dumped on you all at once. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. I did follow those guidelines, but I used the Assimil textbook which is a bit more haphazard in its introduction of grammar concepts.This edition is quite good for vocabulary (though much of it is business-based) but light on grammar.

Audio for the short conversations and phrases in the textbooks are available to download from the Kodansha USA web site. In the ten years since its publication, Japanese for Busy People has won acceptance worldwide as an effective, easy-to-understand textbook, either for classroom use or for independent study. I’ve been on a Japanese study journey for a while now but since I’ve taken up extra work at my job, I’ve been slacking. If I was to start again I'd probably go with Genki I and II along with the techniques described here: http://japaneselevelup.Practice conversations, listening, rudimentary comprehension, and grammar and vocabulary usage on each topic. Whereas Volume I of the Busy People series introduces the most basic patterns for constructing simple sentences in Japanese, Volume II aims to provide students with the foundational skills for forming more complex expressions that will enable them to further advance their command of the language.

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