The description says this book Kana edition exposes the reader to Kana from the beginning that is misleading The book s introduction page 12 explains clearly that you must already know Hiragana and Katakana or be in the process of learning it to use this book.If you desire to learn Japanese and Kana, you will only be able to make use of this book after learning Kana This book will not teach you the sounds associated with the symbols, it just uses them So, before you learn the absolute minimum amount of Japanese the book describes, you need to be able to read it first.This may be obvious to people who speak Japanese and read both Kana and Romanized, but if you are a beginner, be aware you should probably buy the Romanized version and or learn Kana separately.Otherwise, sure, the book looks like it would be a great book but I cannot make any use of it at all unless I learn Kana. I have to confess I ve not yet worked my way through this book but based on the first half of it I think this is a very useful and interesting book to help you learn Japanese I was advised to buy the Kana version to really get to grips with the language it really does make your brain work You do have to be pretty well up on your hiragana and katakana but if you re serious about learning Japanese then using the romaji version seems pointless.The book has various exercises in it to test you on what you ve learned and bits of information about the topic you re studying, the formal and informal versions of things, and grammar stuff.My only real gripe is the CD it s so cold and quick some guy says something like Track One Target Dialogue then there s a rush of Japanese and suddenly it s Track Two etc I know the object is to get you used to hearing native Japanese people speaking their language but it s hard to listen carefully to either pronunciation or even what s being said when it s so quick It would be great to have a slightly slowed down version before the natural speed, just to really be able to listen carefully. A course for busy students who want to learn natural spoken Japanese This series is prepared by a working group of experienced Japanese language instructors who reviewed and tested the material in a classroom environment Japanese for Busy People is, as the title suggests, a concise course for busy students who want to learn natural spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time This worldwide bestselling series was prepared by a working group of experienced Japanese language instructors who reviewed and tested the material in an authentic This was the recommended course book for my Japanese class It was a really good book and comes with a CD as well At the end of the book, there are the charts with hiragana and katakana characters It is not appropriate for complete beginners as the book is written in katakana and hiragana.For a complete beginners book I would recommend the same edition, but written in EnglishJapanese for Busy People I Romanized Version 1 CD attached by AJALT Published by Kodansha USA 3rd third edition 2011 Paperback. I have been going through this book in a classroom setting Knowing only how to read a bit of katakana beforehand, I suggest this kana version as it will help in recognizing the katakana The book has english in the beginning and I find it easier during solo study than Genki 1 If you are familiar with the basics already though then probably Genk 1 is the better option As a working person only able to dedicate a few hours a week to study the basics, this book progressed at a good pace and after making it halfway through i m surprised at how much i ve learned I feel grammatical lessons are well presented, but does little in helping to learn new words besides the small few examples given. Tal como afirma otro comentario, este libro le da mil patadas al Minna no Nihongo Aunque tampoco es dif cil, ya que el Minna es un desastre estructural en s mismo adem s de ser car simo.Lo recomiendo absolutamente Hay que saber ingl s, s Pero es que siempre me ha resultado surrealista que la gente que quiera aprender un idioma como el japon s o el chino se queje de que no est en espa ol En esa tesitura, yo empezar a por aprender ingl s.Esta es la serie Kana esto es se emplean kanji, hiragana y katakana Tambi n est la versi n Romaji es decir escrito con letras occidentales, a como suena, vamos , pero opino lo mismo que respecto a lo de aprender chino o japon s sin saber ingl s lo de comprarte un libro escrito en el idioma tal como lo hablamos nosotros, es como pedir que un libro para aprender ingl s est escrito as Jalou,jaguar yu Mai neim is Piter Nais tu mit yu. Das Buch hat mir sehr geholfen eine gewisse Basis der Sprache zu erfassen Man lernt die grundlegende Grammatik Au erdem hat mir die Kana Version geholfen, das Schreiben der Kana zu festigen Die CD bungen waren auch sehr hilfreich.Allerdings st rte mich am Buch, dass die bungen zu den Grammatik Einleitungen manchmal erst einige Seiten sp ter kamen, da zuvor oder dazwischen andere bungen standen z.B werden einem die Adjektive vorgestellt, jedoch finden sich die bungen zu Negation und Vergangenheit erst in der bern chsten Lesson, dazwischen sind bungen zu anderen Thematiken Die Reihenfolge h tte hier anderes aufgebaut werden sollen.Die Leerzeilen f r die eigenen Antworts tze finde ich auch oft zu kurz geraten.Insgesamt ist das Buch aber gut geeignet f r den Beginn des Selbststudiums und um die Kana zu festigen. We use this textbook in my Japanese class and I love it As someone who learns by doing, this textbook is perfect for me because each lesson is full of exercises They usually go from simple substitute X word in the example to making your own sentences using what you ve learnt The grammar explanations themselves aren t the best though, so you when using for self study I would suggest to use another resources along it to get the full explanations The vocabulary itself can be very business oriented at times, which can make you feel that it s not the most useful if that s not the setting you are in, but the sentence structure themselves are meant for everyday situations For example, asking permission, stating desires, asking directions, etc. Finally finished to review This thing is chocker filled with written exercises, so than grammar points Zero kanji, you need to know hiragana and katakana going in Lots of vocabulary you might not need in the real world if youre picking it up casually id recomend japanese from zero , however, this book is often used in classes, and is good for mid level beginners Not very challenging though and lots of repetition I would prefer grammar and explanation than pages dedicated to practicing minor things, but likely good for most people I tried Genki, which many suggest for starters, and I have to say that I think that Japanese for busy people is a far superior resource for adult self learners Genki assumes you re some young ish student that is taking Japanese classes, and so many exercises assume you are in a classroom environment Very frustrating for a self learner Japanese for busy people solves that, and it also has a adult feel including the topics covered I recommend with no hesitation this book, but avoid at all costs the romanised version, you have to learn kanas if you want to learn Japanese.The only drawback of this series is that they don t introduce kanjis before the second volume, and even then it s a very limited amount But you can solve this by reading stuff with graded readers or using resources like Wanikani to learn kanjis.