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Japanese, The Spoken Language: Part 1 (Yale Language Series) ペーパーバック – 1987/9/10
This first book of Japanese: The Spoken Language initiates a course in modern spoken Japanese that teaches current usage through drills and functional exchanges. The series is entirely romanized. Accompanying audio and video materials are available
"As most readers will already know, Eleanor Jorden has spent a distinguished career campaigning to make language teaching a respected academic profession. Jorden does not indulge in empty theorizing: true to her pedagogical ideals, she gives concrete and practical working models where other might write methodological essays. Japanese: The Spoken Language (JSL) is the crowning achievement of this career. . . . More than two decades of thought and research went into the preparation of these materials, and the attention to detail shows. JSL, far and away the most consistent and rigorous language text I know of in any language, is already the most talked about work in the language teaching profession to appear in many years. . . . The text series is arguably the most important contribution to Japanese linguistics since Martin’s A Reference Grammar of Japanese appeared in 1975. At the very least, JSL offers more than a pedagogical model; it also contains analyses of the Japanese language to be found nowhere else. There is no other published source for most of Jorden’s ideas on grammar and sociolinguistics. The textbook is her forum for academic discourse, and she uses the medium with unmatched skill. . . . Demanding and rewarding."―S. Robert Ramsey, Modern Language Journal
"Far more than a mere revision of the earlier text. Jorden has introduced important modifications in her grammatical and sociolinguistic analysis as well as in the pedagogical approach. An impressive array of audio and video materials have been added to supplement the text. . . . Jorden makes a strong case for the romanization system used in her text. . . . Jorden takes great care to relate the language to the society and the culture where the language is spoken. . . . [She] is to be congratulated for the strong sociolinguistic emphasis of her text. All lessons have interesting observations and remarks about Japanese society and culture, but always related to some aspects of the language. . . . This is an excellent text. . . . Japanese: The Spoken Language provides an excellent and natural input which is made comprehensible through a variety of means. The sociolinguistic and cultural approach fosters high motivation and interest, therefore a low filter. Exercises, drills, reviews, grammatical explanations, etc., encourage and cause the acquisition of Japanese because they contribute to the comprehensible input and high motivation. . . . This text will be a valuable instrument for the increasing number of students of Japanese. Jorden and Noda should be congratulated for the tremendous amount of work, research, and thoughtfulness in the preparation of this text."―Bernard Saint-Jacques, Canadian Journal of Linguistics
"One of the most reliable classroom textbooks of Japanese for beginners. . . . JSL1 is a monumental work that enables students to gain oral communicative competence in Japanese."―Yoshiko Nakano, Language
- 出版社 : Yale University Press (1987/9/10)
- 発売日 : 1987/9/10
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 392ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0300038348
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300038347
- 寸法 : 25.81 x 17.17 x 2.29 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 31,434位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
My biggest complaint about the version I used was that it continued to use romaji throughout. The opportunity cost of not using Japanse characters in the readings is great, considering most students don't have many opportunities to read Japanese at the level they are studying. The other cost is that many students of Japanese when confronted with Japanese that looks like English continue to use English pronunciation with the Japanese they learn. I recommend that if you are to use this text, you also push yourself to learn kana and kanji as soon as you can, and to use those in reading and writing. Not only does this improve your Japanese literacy, but it will also have a positive impact on your pronunciation.
I’m not sold on the use of romanization. Many online references use hiragana, so putting off learning hiragana has made it much harder for me to cross-check any usage advice I suspect might be out of date. But it’s definitely not a dealbreaker.
The two real problems:
1) The writing: salient points are poorly organized and hidden in word salad. Most of my effort has not been in learning the grammar patterns but in disentangling and refactoring the descriptions of those patterns until I have something I can write in a notebook and actually understand.
2) The typesetting: In nearly every chapter, I found myself needing to repeatedly flip between three different pages.
In spite of these problems, I’ve trudged through to lesson 10 and I’m hoping after I finish I can look back over my notes and do the drills and actually learn something. From what I’ve read, this book’s focus on pitch accent is something crucial yet missing from the other popular books, and its focus on grammar (once you disentangle the exposition) seems like a good place to begin, if you have the patience.
One more thing: in the drills, one of the instructors (the american woman with a midwest accent) cannot pronounce the japanese “r” correctly. She makes the liquid “err” sound followed by the japanese “d” sound. So like for the name Mori, she says “Mordi”. The actual drills are spoken by native speakers, but I still don’t understand how the tape for a book praised for its laser focus on speaking can have such an egregious mispronunciation in it. It’s like a surgeon with a big mustard stain on their scrubs.