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Japanese Street Slang
Author Peter Constantine
Publisher Weatherhill
SeriesPeter Constantine
CategorySlang and unconventional Japanese
ISBN0834802503 [COPAC, Webcatplus, Wikipedia]

Review by Tom Gally

Covers slang for all the subjects your Japanese teacher will be too embarrassed to mention: sex, crime, drugs, etc. Many taboo words. Each headword followed by an essay on the word and similar vocabulary. Many sentence examples with idiomatic English translations. Romaji only. Both Japanese and English indexes. Recommended if you plan to become a heroin-addicted pimp who hangs out with a motorcycle gang.

Review by Ben Bullock

The explanations in English in this book are not very accurate. Some of them are wrong. Peter Constantine misses so much common slang out that one wonders whether he really knows what he is talking about.

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