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Japanese, The Spoken Language by Eleanor Harz Jorden
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: academic, non-fiction, textbooks, own

I found this book (and the other two in the series) quite effective. The linguistic explanations are on the whole very accurate, and the drills and conversations were quite useful.

I do have to make two hedges. The first is that you will need some sort of additional text to deal with the written language; I would suggest either "Reading Japanese" or "Japanese: The Written Language" by the same authors, as those books are integrated with this one. The second is that this book might not be as effective for self-study learners; other reviewers have commented that it's less 'user-friendly'. It's certainly a dense textbook. However, it's a text designed for use in intensive courses, and it excels as such.

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