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I've had a lot worse Japanese books, and this one wasn't on the "horrible" pile, but it wasn't on the "awesome" pile either. Thus the three out of five stars. It is, though, the only intermediate book I've really found in English, so I don't suppose it's all that bad...
This book is packed with great information, and gets right down to business from the start. Each chapter is centered around a short essay, with a list of vocabulary, Kanji, and grammar items (actually more like expressions, the book assumes you've learned most or all the basic grammar) to accompany the piece. The format is terse, giving the student a large amount of room with which to mold the book to their own method of study. While it's definitely suited for study as part of a Japanese languag ...more
Akira Miura is emeritus professor of Japanese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he taught all levels of Japanese as well as Japanese pedagogy for more than thirty years. A native of Tokyo and a graduate of the University of Tokyo, he received his Ed.D. from Columbia University. He is also the author of English Loanwords in Japanese, An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Pro ...moreMore about Akira Miura...