(英文版) 状況別の日本語会話表現集 - Japanese for All Occasions: Mastering Speech Styles from Casual to Honorific (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/4/1
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Japanese for All Occasions is an introduction to Japanese speech styles, or the ways in which Japanese speakers adjust their words depending on who they are talking to. In this unique volume, veteran teacher Taeko Kamiya shows how similar ideas are expressed in casual, polite, honorific, and humble styles.
The book is divided into two parts. The first gives an overview of the various parts of Japanese speech that play a role in creating speech styles---personal pronouns, names, honorific prefixes, copulas, adjectives, and verbs. It also touches on the role of sentence-ending particles in male and female speech.
The second part is made up of 19 lessons and deals with conversation. Here the author explains, with reference to example dialogues, exactly what goes on in each speech style, from verb conjugations to contractions and ellipses. Throughout the book, she clarifies sentence patterns that learners at the intermediate level are likely to encounter, with emphasis on the ones that come up in Level 4 (N4) of the new Japanese Language Proficiency Test. The book comes with audio for all the example sentences and dialogues, and practice questions at the end of each lesson allow learners to test their understanding.1 Cd Attached
Taeko Kamiya (1929–2005) received her BA in English literature from Doshisha Women’s College and MAs from the University of San Francisco (in education) and Monterey Institute of International Studies (in linguistics). She taught Japanese for 25 years at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Her previous publications include The Handbook of Japanese Verbs, The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs, and Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication.商品の説明をすべて表示する
The book has a nice easy format of scripted situations (i.e. asking a taxi driver about landmarks) which are followed by explanations of the specific format of speech (casual or honorific) and then also some exercises are provided. Overall I've been using this book more as exercise material to read/listen and work with in conjunction with the Audio CD. The explanations are quite brief and it's best for someone that's already begun learning keigo and just wants more material to practise with.