Instant Japanese allows you to quickly and easily meet people, go shopping, ride the subway, ask for directions, order food and drinks, and much more! This thoroughly revised second edition of Boye Lafayette De Mente's classic, bestselling phrase book shows students and travelers how to maximize their communication skills. The idea is simple-learn 100 words and say 1,000 things. The trick is knowing which words to learn. This book presents a basic vocabulary that will be used over and over again. All of the phrases are given in both standard Roman and Japanese scripts. A brief guide to pronunciation helps you say the phrases correctly. And an easy-to-use, 250 word vocabulary list allows you to translate from Japanese to English and vice-versa. Grammatical and cultural notes are presented in clear, accessible language.
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Boye Lafayette De Mente has written over 20 books on living in Japan and learning Japanese. This new edition of Instant Japanese has been revised by Henk de Groot and Yasuko Tsuji of the Department of Asian Studies, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.Review:
"This is a great phrasebook geared towards tourists and business people traveling to Japan." —The Japanese Page
"This book was very handy during a 7 week trip to Tokyo. The progression of words is very useful when trying to acquire the language, but it's very difficult to try and find a particular word or phrase. The book included some good introductory material about pronunciation and structure that's also helpful for wrapping your head around Japanese. I would recommend this for someone who wants to make a concerted effort at learning some basic Japanese." —Goodreads
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