Learning Japanese I love this book It s clear, it s good to understand A basic knowledge of hiragana is presumed though You can work your way through it without the knowledge, but you are missing out on a lot of reading practice if you do. As someone who s circumstances have meant for the time being only self study japanese is possible, I was happy to have this book recommended to me by other students of the language.At first glance, this could be construed as a very scary book, particularly if you don t have a teacher over your shoulder.However, I definitely recommend taking the second and the third glance The script all being in kana from the off is actually a positive in my view, not a negative, because it forces your brain to recall the characters much quickly when you can associate them with words The book seems to assume that users will be comfortable with hiragana over katakana at the beginning also, since many of the katakana written words biiru, menyuu, etc are written with hiragana as furigana over the top to indicate pronunciation If you are serious about learning proper Japanese rather than just a holidaymaker s guide in romaji, then you re going to have to learn kana sooner or laterand the jump right in attitude of the book makes you do it sooner One minor drawback and the 4 star rating is because of this is that the book doesn t really do much in the way of teaching you the Kana Although there is a guide on the inside cover, all that is really said is you should learn these asap There is no instruction on stroke pattern or anything of that nature, which I have had to locate through other sources.There are a lot of detailed and complex grammar notes in both the introduction and the back cover of the book and although it s worth reading these at the start, I would recommend going back to them once you ve begun since they often make sense in context Particularly in terms of things like sentence construction and the very complicated use of particles.Kanji characters are introduced occasionally although this is not a major resource for Kanji learning as far as I can see However, the method obviously works, since the ones I ve come across so far I ve remembered, recognised and been able to use in written work On the whole I really like this as a self study guide Even without the cassettes which seem to be impossible to find for love nor money the book is a solid foundation for Japanese learning although if you can supplement your learning with additional listening study materials, then so much to the good. It is a very good buy as it is filled to the brim with info, and the price is rightIt will take most japanese learners from beginner to intermediate level with 2500 words and around 500 Kanji.I found it manages to teach in one book what others try to do in three.It is a little dense but stay with it and you will see improvement.I thoroughly recommend it to the serious learner One of the best books for self study A lot of the dialogue seems natural, and a Japanese friend of mine said the same, though they did comment some of the stuff sounded a little dated but I don t really see any problem with that as long as people can understand you and you can understand them.A lot of the exercise are actually engaging and I find myself wanting to do them.All in all a very good book, I ve gone through quite a few Japanese books over the years and in college and I still find myself coming back to this one whenever I want to brush up. It is an incredible book but I got to declare that it s really not for everyone I not saying its bad book on the contrary, it delves deeper into the Japanese language than other coursebooks and textbooks care to teach The major problem is that in its approach to be as authentic to native Japanese, the complete novice has to be able to catch on very quickly or be overwhelmed with the sink or swim approach.Japanese for everyone is textbook self study guide of the Japanese language that takes the eager novice from simple sentence constructions to elaborate grammar constructions that are mostly reserved to College level courses at leastwhen compared with this coursebook via the adventures of Michael and Barbara Webb, a Caucasian couple who are transferred to work in Japan In as little as 27 lessons and 333 pages, the author covers 120 points of the Japanese language and presents it as natively as possible the transliteration is gone by fourth chapter and the reader is then forced to use furigana kana readings of the Kanji characters for the rest of the book though really, the furigana disappears as soon as the second chapter The instructional content is minimal with most of the text consisting of native language scripts and comprehension exercises I am still going through the book but Kanji presented seems to limit itself to the1st and 2nd grade kanji characters 240 which are useful for students seeking to reinforce their kana or kanji knowledge August 2015 Update actually the book explicitly states that it features 540 Kanji and does not continue using furigana new characters will have their readings for a chapter or two then drops furigana afterwards.Although the book advertises itself in the book cover as designed for classroom use as well as self study it is really for the Japanese language student who can correctly answer quiz questions from someother self study courseor classroom textbook for the student in a formal language course having graduated from several of the living language courses, I bought exactly for its terse explanations and heavy use of kanji and furigana to reinforce I have learned and the re presentation of material that I did not understand from a particular author Like any great foreign language book, the native Japanese authors and publisher compiled a coursebook with everything that an eager student needs to know but is a very steep learning curve if this is the first book you decide to use it Conversational Japanese can be a very difficult language alone without trying become literate at the same time If you read enough reviews, some critics will favor one method over another but is my own opinion is to break up the language in speaking, reading, and writing then work your way from there Of course, Ihave usedand reviewed workbooks that concentrate on reading the kana the Japanese syllabary , which is mandatory to get the most out this book.Of course, there is the matter of the missing tapes this textbook was meant to used with cassette tapes featuring the Japanese dialogue but for whatever reason, it is sold separately and it occurs to no one to make and post.mp3s of them It is of little consequence really a transliteration is included in the back of the book Nevertheless, it is still an awesome book for the enthusiastic learner who may not be able to attend Japanese language school. Excellent Customer Service We provide solutions within hours to all customers contacting us % refunding is guarranteedUsed books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting notes, may not include CDs Having formally studied Spanish, French, and German before undertaking a self study of Japanese, I know what I like in a language text, and this is it The author presents concepts in a logical manner with good explanations He also transitions the student from romaji to the kana and kanji at a reasonable pace.I ve been cramming this book at the somewhat harried rate of one chapter per week in preparation for a trip to Japan Each chapter requires about 10 12 hours of study I d recommend ten days to two weeks per chapter to allow time for side study of conversation eg with CDs such as Pimsleur and writing kana and kanji At this pace, you could complete the book in about a year.My only complaint other than the oft mentioned lack of audio tapes is that the author introduces vocabulary in a questionalbe order Many words of limited use are introduced before common words Additionally, the author often will use a word in an example before or without introducing it, but thankfully it s always in the short dictionary at the end of the book Hopefully, as I form a better foundation of vocabulary, these issues will cease to matter. I read great reviews about this book and thought it would be wonderful, but I was disappointed It does not teach the language in a way that I find to work well for me For some people maybe it s great, but not me I don t feel it explains the structure of the language well enough, or starts simply enough I just don t like the approach it takes, and there definitely isn t enough explanation of how and why sentences and words are structured the way they are I appreciate that it focuses mostly on the kana instead of using only romaji but that isn t enough to make the book useful to me Some people may be able to learn episodically from examples that come from the story the book tells, but I want to learn from the ground up, starting with structure and theory so that the applications then make sense The way this book is put together does not suit my learning style, so I have found that it added frustration to the already challenging task of learning a new language I do not recommend it to anyone who has a systematic learning style like me. Excellent book written by a qualified Japanese person It provides an essential foundation for advanced study of the language This book will take you from nowhere to an intermediate level.