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Making Sense of Japanese by Jay Rubin
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May 23, 09

Read in May, 2009

This was my second time through this gem. Great read -- a rarity among foreign-language instructional texts in that it's actually fun as well as instructive. I found Rubin's advice on understanding Japanese on its own terms invaluable. He discusses only what he's found to be "problem" aspects of the language for English learners, but he treats his topics in novel and illuminative ways. He also provides copious helpful examples, albeit at a vocabulary level somewhat higher than I was comfortable with. Definitely a great book for any native English speaker grappling with Japanese -- as long as you have a semester or two under your belt already.

I think he's making up the seppuku story, though.
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