Japanese: Practical Japanese for Beginners

  • by Japanese Academy, Hiromi Zeid
  • Narrated by Satoko Smith
  • 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Introducing: Over 2000+ Japanese Phrases to Sound Like a Native Japanese (Including Pronunciation Tips & Detailed Exercises).
Would you like to try a different way of learning Japanese? Are you tired of the traditional methods teachers tell you to use? What if we told you there is a better, more care-free way of learning Japanese and expanding your vocabulary to unprecedented levels? Well, guess what? There is! One of the best ways to learn Japanese is by using practical conversation guides. You might feel like you don't know where to start. That's exactly why we created this book. Japanese Phrases + Pronunciation Guides = Faster Learning.
We know how difficult it may seem to learn a foreign language from scratch, let alone trying to put all that learning into practice. But what you might not realize is that it's fairly easy to fully incorporate the essentials of a language if you use pronunciation guides as a shortcut. Pronunciation guides allow you to virtually repeat out loud a certain 'pronunciation clue' and without realizing it, you will be speaking almost perfect Japanese. This will in time allow you to expand your vocabulary soon enough to travel to Japan, getting a much better grasp of the Japanese language before you do.
Practical conversation guides work because they eliminate the stress of forcing yourself to learn. Instead, when you repeat out loud the different sections we've prepared for you, you will learn Japanese with much less struggle! Your goal is to simply focus on a section at a time (they only a take few minutes to listen). Each chapter takes on multiple topics, including tips on how to build rapport with others, shopping, and asking for directions, just to name a new. We wanted these sections to be fun, interesting, and appealing, motivating you to keep on listening.

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Excellent Advanced Beginner Resource

Excellent resource, per description. However, it should be rated as "Advanced Beginner," or at least "Beginner Plus." One would want some beginning Japanese work before this audio presentation could be most effectively utilized.
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- Alyda

Great but don't buy the audiobook without the book

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I recommend the book but I can't recommend the audiobook without the book. The audiobook does not work as a standalone audio tutorial because the words are rarely repeated, they are not sounded out phonetically and there are no pauses for the listener to try and repeat the words. The audio is great and clear but it's at a conversational pace, though slower than native speakers generally speak. A beginner is going to have a hard time keeping up.

With that said, the book is exceedingly useful in that it gives the appropriate phrase depending on the context. e.g. what to say when you're leaving your house, leaving a friends house, leaving an office temporarily or leaving it at the end of the work day. It also gives cultural background that a lot other guides leave out. e.g. It tells you how to ask "How are you (doing)?" but then points out that Japanese generally don't ask that unless they haven't seen someone for a while.

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- Chika & Mike

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2017
  • Publisher: Japanese Academy