Japanese for Busy People I: Romanized Version (Revised 3rd Edition)
Japanese for Busy People is the most popular Japanese languagetextbook series in the world. With over 20 components includingtexts, workbooks, CDs, videos and teacher's manuals, it is also oneof the most comprehensive. Now, a decade after its first revision,the entire series is being redesigned, updated and consolidated tomeet the needs of 21st-century students and businesspeople who wantto learn natural, spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in alimited amount of time.The book features not only a sleek, new design but also a unitstructure that groups thematically linked lessons together, makingit easier than ever to learn Japanese. Moreover, it now comes witha CD containing audio for the dialogues and listening exercisesfrom the text. The exercises in the book have also been thoroughlyrevised to incorporate more comprehension and production tasks.Many of these exercises are illustrated, making for a stimulatinglearning experience, and the purpose of each one is clearlystated.This first of three volumes introduces "survival Japanese" — theabsolute minimum amount of Japanese needed to live in Japan. Thus,the vocabulary and grammatical items it introduces are limited toabout a third of what is typically introduced in a first-yearcourse. In addition, the book features notes on Japanese cultureintended to expand the learner's understanding of Japan, itscustoms and people.Japanese for Busy People I is available in two formats: romanizedand kana. The Romanized Version uses romanized Japanese throughout,with kana in the Opening Dialogues of each lesson.The Kana Version — exposing students to hiragana and katakana fromthe very beginning — uses only kana.The content of the two books isotherwise exactly the same.The companion volume, Japanese for Busy People 1: The Workbook forthe Revised 3rd Edition contains a variety of illustrated exercisesfor mastering the basic sentence patterns presented in the maintext.