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This book contains everything you need to start speaking the Japanese language. It will show you how to say what you need to say in practical, conversational Japanese. You'll learn useful words and expressions, acquire the basics of Japanese grammar, and get pointers about the life and culture of Japan and the Japanese people. As you read and practice the simple lessons, you'll be able to use what you learn right way, and you will also build a foundation for more advanced study of this fascinating language.
While anyone can benefit from "Start Speaking Japanese Today," this book is intended especially for you if you
* are visiting Japan, whether for travel, business, or study
* work or do business with Japanese people
* want to talk with Japanese friends or relatives in their own language
* are interested in manga, anime, or other aspects of Japan's rich culture,
* just enjoy learning languages.
The words and sentence patterns presented in the book focus on everyday situations, from shopping and traveling to opening a bank account and visiting a Japanese home. Each short lesson begins with a simple sentence that can be used in such situations, and the rest of the lesson explains the grammar and vocabulary you need to say even more.
Short sample conversations are scattered through the text, and longer dialogues appear in the last ten lessons. Many of the lessons also contain pointers about aspects of Japanese that can cause problems for people learning the language.
The Appendices contain an introduction to the Japanese writing system, summaries of key grammatical points, and an outline of the audio accompaniment to the book. (You can download this audio for free from japanandstuff.com or gally.net.) And the Japanese-English and English-Japanese indices contain all of the vocabulary used in the book plus a topic index.
This book won't tell you everything about the Japanese language--no single book can do that--but it will help you start speaking Japanese today.