Kana De Manga
A Fun, Easy Way to Learn the ABCs of Japanese
Paperback ISBN: 4921205019
Introduces the hiragana and katakana syllabaries that form the Japanese kana script, with usage examples in words, diagrams teaching the proper stroke pattern, facts about Japanese culture, and manga illustrations accompanying each character.
Living Language iknow Japanese
Compact Disc ISBN: 1400009367
iKnow Japanese will turn your iPod into a pocket translator, allowing you to hear and see more than 1500 essential words, phrases and conversations. You simply upload the iKnow files to a video iPod, and you can listen to and see foreign language expressions and English translations. A convenient navigation menu allows you to quickly find the phrases you need, and there’s plenty of repetition to perfect your pronunciation. Whether you want to order dinner in a restaurant or ask for directions, iKnow Japanese enables you to learn the basics and communicate easily without looking like a tourist with a dictionary in hand! Key features: • You can see and hear all the essential words and phrases you need, including conversations • Topics include greetings and polite expressions, asking directions, meeting people, ordering in a restaurant, and more • Pocket-sized insert and installation instructions included Works on any video-compatible iPod Nano, Classic, Touch, and iPhone.
Making Sense of Japanese
What the Textbooks Don't Tell You
Paperback ISBN: 4770028024
Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy American's thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. Previously known as Gone Fishin', this book has brought Jay Rubin more feedback than any of his literary translations or scholarly tomes, "even if," he says, "you discount the hate mail from spin-casters and the stray gill-netter." To convey his conviction that "the Japanese language is not vague," Rubin has dared to explain how some of the most challenging Japanese grammatical forms work in terms of everyday English. Reached recently at a recuperative center in the hills north of Kyoto, Rubin declared, "I'm still pretty sure that Japanese is not vague. Or at least, it's not as vague as it used to be. Probably." The notorious "subjectless sentence" of Japanese comes under close scrutiny in Part One. A sentence can't be a sentence without a subject, so even in cases where the subject seems to be lost or hiding, the author provides the tools to help you find it. Some attention is paid as well to the rest of the sentence, known technically to grammarians as "the rest of the sentence." Part Two tackles a number of expressions that have baffled students of Japanese over the decades, and concludes with Rubin's patented technique of analyzing upside-down Japanese sentences right-side up, which, he claims, is "far more restful" than the traditional way, inside-out. "The scholar," according to the great Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume, is "one who specializes in making the comprehensible incomprehensible." Despite his best scholarly efforts, Rubin seems to have done just the opposite. Previously published in the Power Japanese series under the same title and originally as Gone Fishin' in the same series.
Speak Japanese Get Started Kit
Japanese Compact Disc ISBN: 0071628886
Experience the language learning method millions around the world have come to trust . Unlike most language learning systems, the Michel Thomas Method enables you to naturally and intuitively develop the building blocks for language comprehension. You can pick up Japanese quickly and easily through listening, speaking, and thinking through the language. Guided by a language instructor and native speakers, Speak Japanese Get Started Kit takes you through an interactive lesson with two other students. In less than two hours, you will have the ability to put together words and phrases together naturally and make your own sentences. .