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Unlike most Japanese language books that focus on formal and polite use, this introductory guide will help you to speak and understand Japanese as it is used in everyday life.
If you are studying, working or just travelling to Japan this book will help you to break down the language and culture into the real and everyday essentials. Use this guide to speak Japanese from da
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published May 3rd 2018
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Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is basic, introductory Japanese but with some wise direction about language acquisition that goes against the usual practice of repetition and memorization. It will get you started with some phrases to get you by for basic needs, and it’s a good jumping off point for those who want to continue. I especially liked the author’s personal stories that give you some insight into the Japanese culture.
I'd recommend this to anyone who's interested in the Japanese language and culture in general. I really like the structure of the book since it has little stories in between which add personality to the volume. It does really help to grasp basic concepts and for me, it brought a whole new light on Kanji study. Will be reading the second book.
I've been studying Japanese seriously for about a year now, and a free trial on Kindle Unlimited brought me to this book.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A practical sprint in spoken Japanese for those like me who is just starting to learn the language. The author shares some of his experience while living in Japan. Amusing and informative.
Helfren Filex
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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The very basic introductory lesson on japanese by the renowned Max Whittle. The book starts with learn like child, no stress, just absorb. Very real advice.

There are 2 level of japanese, polite and not. The degree of politeness changes the language used on everyday conversation with fundamental and politeness. Japanese will omit everything as much as possible.

There is no v sound in japanese, that's why the convenience store turns into konbini.

Nice book.
Jennifer Hahn
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, nonfiction
Lyssnade på denna som ljudbok. Det var en bra introduktion till olika ord och fraser. Jag tror dock att den hade fungerat bättre i kombination med textboken, för att både få höra och läsa själv. Framför allt kanji-delen fungerade dåligt i ljudboks-format.

Det som gav boken något extra var författarens egna berättelser om sitt liv i Japan, något som ger en liten inblick i den japanska kulturen.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By far the best introduction to Japanese I’ve found. Most books focus on formal Japanese with maybe a passing mention of the different levels of politeness that you may encounter, but this one consistently includes the two most common levels of politeness. Since different levels of politeness have different vocabulary and verb forms, it’s actually important to have some familiarity with them. Whittle also includes stories and observations from his own experience learning Japanese and living in J ...more
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