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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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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.
This audiobook is really useful! I use this as my guide whenever I have hard time undestanding someone or whenever I do not know how to explain my self in Japanese, This guide is all I need! I am new here in japan so this audiobook is totally what I need!
This audiobook is composed of translated words, phrases, expressions and conversations that we usually use. It is translated in English then in Japanese, It even explain proper way to pronounce them. Which is a good thing. I love it!