Japanese for dummies – Hiroko M. Chiba

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Japanese For Dummies, 3rd Edition.

We live in a wonderfully global and amazingly diverse society. Exchanging ideas, products, foods, and friendship across national and cultural boundaries is the key to making our lives richer and more meaningful and peaceful. Besides, traveling abroad is a lot of fun and an eye-opening experience. Grabbing your passport and setting off on an adventure is always exciting, but it’s even more special when you can communicate with people in a different country in their own language.

If Japanese is the language you want to learn, for whatever reason, Japanese For Dummies, 3rd Edition, can help. It provides substantial learning materials and some of the cultural background behind the language. Now, I’m not saying that you’ll be fluent overnight, but you will gain confidence, have fun, and continue to pick up more and more Japanese so that you can carry on a conversation with your Japanese-speaking co-worker, family member, friend, or neighbor.

About This Book.

Japanese For Dummies, 3rd Edition, can help you whether you want to get familiar with Japanese because you’re planning a trip to this island nation, because you deal with Japanese companies at work, because you want to understand Anime/Manga in Japanese, or because your new neighbor is Japanese and you want to be able to say good morning to him or her. (Try ohay? gozaimasu [oh-hah-yohh goh-zah-ee-mah-soo].) This book provides you with helpful and commonly used Japanese words and phrases on subjects as diverse as shopping, money, food, and sports in self-contained chapters and sections.

Simply turn to the topics that interest you the most, play the online audio examples, and start speaking! That’s right, you don’t have to go through this book in order. If I think you may want to know information that’s contained in a different chapter than the one you’re currently reading, I include a handy cross-reference so you can find the additional information when you’re ready for it.

I also use a few conventions in this book to help your reading go smoothly:

  • In many places throughout this book, Japanese terms appear in two forms: Japanese scripts (like what you would read if you were in Japan) and the Romanized forms of words (which appear in boldface so you can easily find them in the text). The official term for Romanized Japanese is romaji (rohh-mah-jee).
  • Pronunciations in parentheses and meanings or English equivalents in another pair of parentheses follow the Japanese terms. Note that meanings and English equivalents appear in italics.

About the Author.

Hiroko Chiba is a professor of Modern Languages (Japanese) at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She teaches all levels of Japanese language and Japanese culture and directs the Japanese language program there. Her professional life revolves around various interests related to language teaching and learning. Her research interests include language acquisition, cross-cultural studies of aesthetic perceptions, and Japanese science fiction anime. Her research has been published in both domestic and international venues. She has also served as the president for the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese. Hiroko loves teaching and enjoys offering action-packed classes every day. When she has free time, she is a devoted student of yoga and an admirer of kawaii (cute) products such as Hello Kitty and companion robots like Aibo. Hiroko received a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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