James Knowles's Reviews > Japanese for Busy People I: Romanized Version includes CD

Japanese for Busy People I by Association for Japanese-La...
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May 20, 2008

really liked it
Read in September, 2007

Pretty good textbook. It stays focused on useful material.

I've beens studying with a teacher from Japan Online School, which I would recommend checking out also. My teacher is the one who uses this text.

Note that this edition uses English (Roman) letters. Japanese is different enough to give people headaches without having to fight a new writing system. There's also an edition that throws you into headfirst into the new writing system.

I came to agree with a friend who's an expert in Japanese: use the English alphabet at first to get one's head around the grammar and vocabulary (while learning the Japanese alphabet (kana)). Then on Book II switch to the kana version. Yes, you'll slow down for a short time as you transition to kana only, but only a short time.

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