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Let's Study Japanese

This compact book clearly and simply provides the student with the fundamental words and phrases necessary for daily life in Japan.

Survival Japanese - How to Communicate Without Fuss or Fear - Instantly

Exactly the Japanese you need to make it in Japan.

Instant Japanese - Everything you need in 100 key words!

Here are 100 essential words that will get you what you want and where you want to go. This is the ideal book for travelers who need immediately applicable phrases.

Japanese Word-and-Phrase Book for Tourists

Perfect for visitors to Japan, this practical handbook provides useful Japanese words and phrases with translations in English, French, and German.

Japanese for Fun

This handbook with short, simple chapters outlining useful expressions will allow you to speak Japanese instantly. Also included is a dictionary of over 1800 entries. Available in a book/cassette package, it will assure correct pronunciation and increase listening comprehension.

Easy Japanese

This invaluable learning aid introduces the basic patterns and vocabulary of spoken Japanese.

Essential Japanese: An Introduction to the Standard Colloquial Language

Stressing mastery of the fundamentals, this book provides a complete introduction to modern, colloquial Japanese. This is the text for busy people who need to learn Japanese quickly and efficiently.

Japanese Made Easy

Based on material tried and proven for many years in the classroom, this book is designed to help beginning students build practical language skills quickly.

In Japan

This book is a simultaneous introduction to Japan, its people and its language. Focused on everyday conversation, readers learn to speak and read Japanese from the very start with authentic materials and photos of real people and places. Background materials cover history, art, literature and industry.

Colloquial Japanese With Important Construction and Grammar Notes

This unique approach to colloquial Japanese is based on the idea that a language is composed of basic patterns, similar to the way that a building is composed of bricks. Instead of introducing theoretical rules, it systematically presents the grammatical patterns used in speech.

Beginning Japanese - Part 1 Cassettes 16 cassettes, 20 lessons

This series of 16 tapes accompany the first volume of Beginning Japanese - parts 1 and 2 , including all the basic dialogues, drills, and supplementary material from the text.

Japanese: The Spoken Language series

The "Jorden philosophy" emphasizes the careful study of the fundamentals. Part 1 spans basic topics such as greetings, shopping, time, phone calls, and visits. Part 2 covers topics such as inns, offices, renting a house, department stores, and friends.

Speak Japanese Today

This book is the perfect start for those wishing to converse in Japanese. The 20 carefully structured lessons and two review chapters teach the simple, correct Japanese most useful for everyday use.

Watashi No Nihon book 2

(See also the review for book 3 for more information about this series of books)

The second book in the series, My Day at School takes students into a typical Japanese school to experience the life of a Japanese student. Colorful photos and lively illustrations introduce students to a variety of situations and settings that they might encounter in the course of a day at a Japanese school.

Watashi No Nihon book 3

Tuttle's Watashi no Nihon textbook series gives young learners a look at different aspects of Japanese life through colorful photos and creative activities. Topics are suited to young learners' interests while providing balanced, accurate insight into both contemporary and traditional Japan. ... read more

The Magical Power Of Suru - Japanese Verbs Made Easy

Verb conjugation can be a daunting obstacle in the path to mastery of the Japanese language. Learning to use "suru compound verbs," however, is an easy detour around this difficulty which exponentially increases vocabulary and makes the speaker sound more like a native. Suru, meaning ... read more

Japanese Words and Their Uses

Effective communication requires usage of Japanese vocabulary items, which often differ greatly from English. This book fills the gap, explaining 300 troublesome but essential words and phrases.

The Japanese Language

This introduction to the history and structure of Japanese offers a comprehensive, up-to-date summary of Japanese dialects, phonology, grammar, and vocabulary sources of the language.

The Japanese Language

This classic study examines the nature of the Japanese language. Discussed are the highly debated origins of the Japanese language, the dialects, jargon, men's and women's speech and role-based relationships.

English Loanwords in Japanese: A Selection

This fascinating study discusses 850 English loanwords. Additionally, the reader is provided with sample sentences, tips on usage, and a list of Japanese loanwords in English.

Hotel Japanese - Practical Guide for the Hotel Industry.

Today there is a great demand for Japanese-speakers in hotels. Hotel Japanese gives specific advice and essential Japanese phrases that all hotel staff should know as well as Japanese phrases for specific positions. This book will help hotel workers understand and exceed the expectations of Japanese travellers.

Japanese Business Dictionary

Even those with no prior knowledge of Japanese can use this book to conduct clear and productive business discussions.

Making Out in Japanese

From the language used between friends to easy conversation in a pub, this book provides you with all the essential words and phrases.

Making out in Japanese - The Cassette

60-minute cassette, 24-page transcript.

All-new dialogues, recorded in both English and Japanese, will help improve pronunciation, listening comprehension, and fluency of the kind of Japanese people really speak.

More Making Out in Japanese

This book offers you even more handy Japanese phrases to start up a romance and handle bilingual marriage and children !

Kinki Japanese

Maido, maido, and welcome to the Kinki district of western Japan, which includes the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. The language on the streets in Kinki is Kansai-ben -- an earthier, more expressive dialect that works wonders in livening up Japanese conversations. Kinki Japanese is an ... read more

Nihongo Pera Pera: A User's Guide to Japanese Onomatopoeia

Learn all the entertaining expressions like "pera pera" and "don don" you need to speak Japanese like a native.

Basic Japanese Grammar

This valuable reference book comprehensively explains Japanese grammar - the nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and word order. Includes an index, a glossary defining English grammatical terms, and appendices reviewing Japanese pronunciation and sound patterns. All Japanese words are romanized.

The Complete Japanese Verb Guide

This reference guide to Japanese verbs will enable you to find any conjugation for hundreds of verbs, use the right preposition for each verb, write each verb in Japanese characters, and more.

An Introduction to Written Japanese

This self-contained course guides beginners through the essentials of written Japanese. Contains 16 graded reading exercises using a total of 680 kanji. All exercises are written in modern simplified script, and accompanied by a list of characters, a romanized version of the text, and grammatical notes.

Reading Japanese

Used by top-level universities around the world, this text is designed to meet the special needs of foreigners wishing to read Japanese before speaking the language.

Japanese-A Manual of Reading and Writing

Two volumes in one - the first section of the book introduces modern Japanese orthography, romanized Japanese with English translations. The second part contains the text lessons and drill sections in Japanese only. A complete character dictionary, with kanji lists and indexes, is available separately.

A Guide to Learning Hiragana and Katakana

Easily master the first steps to reading and writing Japanese.

Kanji Power

As a reference and study guide, this workbook covers both reading and writing Japanese. Over 200 of the most commonly used kanji are presented.

Kanji ABC - A Systematic Approach to Japanese Characters

Kanji ABC is a new, systematic strategy for studying and memorizing the 1945 jouyou kanji. Part one of the book introduces the radical elements of the kanji, and part two teaches how these elements are used as building blocks to create other characters. It is perfect for self-study or use with other teaching materials.

Noodle Words: An Introduction to Chinese and Japanese Characters

This book provides a delightful introduction to the scripts of China and Japan, and lists common radicals with examples.

Read Japanese Today

This concise and entertaining book introduces 300 basic characters through the pictures they represent.

Tuttle Kanji Cards

Flashcards are an excellent tool for learning Japanese characters. These cards teach the readings, meanings, vocabulary, and stroke order of the first 440 kanji. Additional information on radicals lets users tailor the kanji cards to their own studies.

A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

This best-selling reference guide helps students achieve mastery in reading and writing kanji. The 1850 characters designated by the Ministry of Education for general use are taught along with their readings and definitions.

A Guide to Writing Kanji and Kana volume 2

Both books softcover.

A systematic approach to writing Japanese in two large workbooks that teach all 1945 jouyou kanji. An ideal workbook for the hands-on learner.

Martin's Pocket Dictionary English-Japanese, Japanese-English

This pocket dictionary contains over 18000 entries, featuring virtually all the words and phrases commonly used in modern, spoken Japanese.

All-Romanized English-Japanese Dictionary

Containing over 14000 definitions, this practical pocket dictionary has proven invaluable for students of both Japanese and English.

Martin's Concise Japanese Dictionary Fully Romanized with Complete Kanji and Kana

Expert Samuel Martin's new kanji and kana dictionary contains 18000 entries, each with a concise English definition, romanized spelling, and the Japanese kanji and kana form of the word. Everyday vocabulary, simple phrases, and sentence patterns make it perfect for students or travellers. No other dictionary offers so much at a more affordable price.

Basic Japanese Conversation Dictionary English-Japanese, Japanese-English

This dictionary is directed towards those who are interested in speaking Japanese in a relatively short period of time. Students with almost no background in the language will be able to use it to converse in Japanese almost immediately.

Inoue's Japanese-English Dictionary

This compact dictionary's 33000 entries provide the student, tourist, or businessperson with a ready key to the language. All entries appear in Roman letters, the original Japanese, and give a concise English definition. Pocket sized and bound in a durable vinyl cover, it puts Japanese at your fingertips.

Tuttle's Watch-Pocket Dictionary (English-Japanese)

Compact enough to be slipped into the smallest pocket, this dictionary offers instant access to over 5000 of the most frequently used words in the Japanese language. Comes in its own durable little box.

A Japanese and English Dictionary with an English and Japanese Index

A long unavailable classic is back in print! This dictionary by the originator of the Hepburn system of romanization accurately defines over 20000 Japanese words.

Kanji and Kana

One of the most popular character handbook/dictionaries in print, this book has been designed to allow the student to achieve fluency more quickly than ever before.

The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary (2nd Revised Edition)

For decades, this has been THE standard reference book of Chinese characters in Japanese for scholars and serious students. No other dictionary compares in scope or quality.

Character Dictionary accompanying "Japanese - A Manual of Reading and Writing"

This character dictionary is intended to be used with the main text of Chaplin and Martin's Japanese - A Manual of Reading and Writing. The characters are listed by lesson in the order they appear in the text.

The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary

A complete update of a long-time, award-winning classic, this is a major revision of Andrew N. Nelson's best-selling Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary, first published by the Charles E. Tuttle Company in 1962. With the addition of over 1,200 ... read more

The Kanji Dictionary

This revision of the classic reference text, Japanese Character Dictionary, makes the Japanese written language more accessible than ever before.

The Kanji Dictionary is the only dictionary of its kind to employ a comprehensive compound index. Any compound, however complicated, may be found using ... read more

Tuttle Dictionary of Legal Terms English-Japanese, Japanese-English

This new dictionary of legal terms covers 6000 English, Japanese and Latin terms, all presented in English, romanized Japanese, and Japanese kanji and kana. Pocket sized, it is easy to carry and handy for desk-top use. Many helpful appendices on legal practices and services in Japan and the West.

Dictionary of Computer and Data-Processing Terms (English-Japanese, Japanese-English)

This dictionary is designed primarily to help English- and Japanese-speaking computer and data-processing professionals work with their counterparts.

Tuttle's Dictionary of Loanwords in Japanese

A complete reference to Japanese words of foreign origin. A much needed resource for a tricky aspect of the language.

"Even Monkeys Fall From Trees" And Other Japanese Proverbs

A knowledge of a country's proverbs is one of the best ways to understand the way its people think. Each of these 100 proverbs is given in Japanese script, romanized form, and with its literal English translation.

"This is a likeable book and it tells us much about Japan." --Edward G. Seidensticker (translator of "Tale of Genji" and many other works of Japanese literature).

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