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Author: James K. Seward
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (October 4, 2010)
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Easy Japanese, Second Edition by James K. Seward



Learn Japanese in 16 easy-to-follow lessons! Easy Japanese provides all the basics you need to speak and write Japanese. Designed with the true beginner in mind. Mr. Seward will make sure you don't make a fool of yourself when you attempt to speak Japanese. What I've found most useful with Easy Japanese is the way he explains the why's. Japanese is full of little quirks you simply need to know about. I was listening to how-to Japanese CD's and reading two how-to Japanese books at the same time. One of them is Easy Japanese.

Easy Japanese provides all the basics you need to speak and write Japanese. Youll find the lessons stimulating and effortless and organized into clearly defined sections for ease of use: useful everyday expressions; pattern sentences and how to use the grammar; cultural highlights and study recommendations.

Learn Japanese in 16 easy-to-follow lessons! Easy Japanese provides all the basics you need to speak and write Japanese.

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Author: James Seward.

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Learn Japanese in 16 easy-to-follow lessons!

Easy Japanese provides all the basics you need to speak and write Japanese. Designed with the true beginner in mind, this book provides full language explanations in English and focuses on essential Japanese for effective communication in everyday situations.

You'll find the lessons stimulating and effortless and organized into clearly defined sections for ease of use: useful everyday expressions; pattern sentences and how to use the grammar; cultural highlights and study recommendations. Once you get a bit comfortable, written Japanese--both kana and kanji--is introduced. You can put to use your new skills right from the start and allows you to progress at your own pace.

Includes:

16 easy-to-follow lessons Cultural “sidelights” and study recommendations A free audio download from the first chapter (lesson), The Importance of Good Pronunciation.

Topics include: The Importance of Good Pronunciation, Word Order, Particles Wa, Ga, Mo, Ka, Ne, and Yo, Singulars and Plurals, Desu and Arimasu, Yes and No, Nouns, Negatives of Desu and Arimasu, The ko, so, a, and do words, The uses of no, Names of nations, languages, and peoples, The two classes of adjectives, Kana, Conjugation of A Verbs, –masu, Periods of Time, Basic numbers, Desiderative -tai, Gerund + hoshii, “and”, Conjugation B verbs, Pronouns, Time, Irregular verbs, Adverbs, -nagara (while, although), Tsumori (intention), Kara, node, and naze ka to iu to (because), Noni, tame ni--In order to, Noni--Even though, Tokoro--Place, time, et al, Dokoro ka--Quite the contrary, -tari (-dari) suru--to do this and that, Ho ga ii...It is better to..., Numators, Passive Voice, The Causative and the Passive Causative, Kanji (the written characters), Particles, Conjunctions, To--meaning if or when or with, Phrases of location, Interjections, -kata, yo, oku, miru, -te (-de) miru, -yasui and -nikui, -so desu, Koto, (conditional verb) to suru or to omou, kamo shiremasen, -shidai, Must, Should, Commands, Instructions, and Requests, Permission, -ra suffixed to the plain past, The Comparative Degree, The Superlative Degree, The same as..,Nara

Reviews: 7
Gavirgas
The author clearly has a passion for the language and culture -- and he's been at it for quite some time. When you sit down to read Jack Seward's Easy Japanese, you really feel like he's sitting across the table from you, talking to you. And you should listen.

Mr. Seward will make sure you don't make a fool of yourself when you attempt to speak Japanese. There are little details -- but very important details -- he goes through before even beginning with the language.

What I've found most useful with Easy Japanese is the way he explains the why's. Japanese is full of little quirks you simply need to know about.

I was listening to how-to Japanese CD's and reading two how-to Japanese books at the same time. One of them is Easy Japanese. I took note how the other two would have me say this or say that and not explain why in the world that "u" is silent! Or why that "n" is it's own sylable. Easy Japanese does.

I haven't finished the book yet, so I can't tell you how complete it is, or what the final results are. But I can say now is that Easy Japanese belongs in your Japanese language toolbox without a doubt.
Anarus
Even today, Chapter 1 of this book is still crucial for new students of Japanese. Getting your pronunciation down right is key at the beginning of your journey into Japanese language study. As for the rest of the chapters, I would recommend the Genki textbook series instead. But Chapter 1 of this book, while short, I believe to be extremely important for beginners. And I have never seen the material in that chapter emphasised anywhere else like it is in this book.
Gavidor
After reading the reviews I wanted to add my two cents.
First of all, the majority of this book uses standard Japanese phrases and IS NOT out of date. Yes, there are a few crazy and/or out-of date phrases, but it's not anything you should be concerned about. Here is an example to make my point: If you learn to speak English in Great Britain, you will still be able to communicate in the USA. Sure, you might blurt out an unusual phrase such as "I am completely knackered!" but most people will find that charming.

Second, this book stands out as being different from most of the available courses on the market. This is a book written by a guy who actually learned Japanese, and is giving you advice on how you can learn it too. My advice is to at least check this book out. Because the style is different you will probably either like it or hate it.

Third, I agree that this is a poor book for beginners. I struggled with it and gave up the first time I read it because I had not yet mastered the basics. Also, this book does not have an audio component, so if you don't know how to speak "Romanji" you might stuggle to get the prononciations right.

As a side note, if you need to learn to speak basic Japanese as quickly as possible, the best method I found was the Pimsleur Comprehensive Series (listen and repeat). The down-side is that Pimsleur Comprehensive is very expensive and you won't learn to read or write.
Good luck studying!
Efmprof
This book is AWESOME and let me tell you why.

Like yourself, I am embarking on the crazy task of learning Japanese in its formal entirety. I just don't want to speak it, I want to be able to write it and read it fluently.

I'll let you in on a little secret, my English grammar knowledge is TERRIBLE!!! Couldn't teach it to a first grader. Once you start speaking particles and other sentence structure, I'm lost! How am I supposed to learn Japanese grammar if I don't even know my own language's?

This is the most useful book I've picked up so far. While most beginner Japanese texts try to hit on the same subjects and vocabulary, this book explains certain Japanese grammar and language quirks that beginner texts don't even mention. To boot, this book spells it out. I mean, REALLY spells it out. Elementary. Easy. It's a fast read too. The text is almost narrated which means it reads better and easier than the monotone textbook.

Other reviews are right. This isn't "beginner beginner" Japanese. With no background whatsoever of the language you be itching for something more meaty. However, if you've put 20 hours of study in already (not that much for Japanese)and know the basic kana, you'll be fine.

This book doesn't have any fancy pictures or gimmicks; it's just a good read and dead helpful- a true testament of a good book and and author.

Buy this book if you've just started. If you're starting from scratch, read it along with your other material.
Nakora
I will only say that after studying on my own for two years, and now completing my first year at school, it is this book I turn to for inspiration as well as condensed facts and grammatical sidelights. The key here is that Seward teaches Japanese out of pure ENJOYMENT, not a stale sense of 'I must learn it for the upcoming business meeting' which plagues all too many 'standard' beginning texts. In social situations, Seward's hilarious bunkei have provoked laughs and discussion amoung students and teachers alike - and some are surprisingly useful - "Get that stinky thing out of here quickly", for example (ever been near a Japanese kitchen when daikon is being boiled and you'll know what I mean!). This is a great textbook; a thorough introduction, a detailed review, and a funny ice breaker all in one. I own about thirty instructional texts on Japanese, and this is easily in the top five.
Blackbrand
While Easy Japanese has an interesting and breezy writing style, it is not a very accessible book for beginning language students. Mr. Seward provides a number of sentences to memorize and the student is then supposed to use these sentences as a template for further communications. I tried this approach and didn't find it particularly effective. The grammatical explanations can be rather technical and require a better than average knowledge of grammatical and linguistic terms.
On the positive side, Seward's writing is lively and interesting and he does a good job explaining a number of linguistic fine points.