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May 17th, 2004, 15:59
This was discussed in the other thread (http://www.ithinkimlost.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=11) and seemed such a fantastic opportunity to learn more!

Like most students of the language (in the States) I've been raised on the Kodansha dictionary and Tohsaku sensei's Yookoso! Contemporary Japanese (http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/foreignlang/japan/book3/) series, and have also developed a huge crush on Bleiler's 'Essential Japanese Grammar' - I found an original 1960s 1st Edition in our library and pretty much checked it out forever. *^_^* Jay Rubin's books have also been enormously helpful.

Someone mentioned that the 'Jordan books' were horrible - what are they like? What series are most helpful for quick reference, long-term study, grammar principles? What's interesting and what's out of date? *^_^*

May 19th, 2004, 23:20
Japanese for busy people is always recommended here. There's quite a few JETs with this book. I don't know if it's any good though.

May 24th, 2004, 10:36
If you are serious about learning Japanese or have taken some introductory courses, I highly recommend A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/4789004546/qid=1085361855/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-4988414-8788737?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)...since Amazon doesn't have pic of the book click HERE (http://www.seanspot.com/jbooks/lang/Basic-Grammar/Basic-Grammar.htm) for a view. I've heard this book is pretty well known and also goes by the name of "The Yellow Book"

May 24th, 2004, 15:12
I studied in Japan for a semester, mainly taking language and they taught us using "Minna no Nihongo" ( Everybody's Japanese Language), which was really good, and not expensive. It's rather similar to Japanese for busy people actually. I recommend it if you are in Japan already or aren't buying anything till you get there. I also highly recommend two other small books called "A basic dictionary of Japanese Sentence Patterns" and "A Dictionary of Japanese Particles." Both will help you save a lot of time and energy and can really help you understand more difficult subtleties of the language. I THINK those are the right names... it's something like that if you search Amazon it'll show up... they have the same author. Good luck and let me know if you need any help!!! skygoing@hotmail.com


July 9th, 2004, 06:19
I bought a new book today, and it looks really good. It's 250 Essential Kanji For Everyday Use, Vol. 1 from the Kanji Text Research Group, University of Tokyo. It's put out by Tuttle Language Library.

I've only flipped through it so far, but it seems useful. There is no romaji used, which will make me have to use my kana to see how stuff is pronounced. The chapters include stuff like going to the hospital, buying train tickets, reading train timetables, going to restaurants, reading campus notice boards, using ATMs, university majors, street addresses, finding the bathroom.. they really mean everyday use!

The kanji are each presented nice and clear, with an example of stroke order, the pictogram it's supposed to have been and how and might have gone from that to the kanji, etc. It looks good, it looks similar to how my first Japanese language teacher was teaching us kanji.

I'll probably edit this post later, after I've had it for a while and can say for sure if it's as good as it looks. :D

If you're interested, I think you can check it out at www.tuttlepublishing.com .. ISBN 0-8048-3558-6 Cover says it should be $19.95 US, cool, I bought it used for about $16 CAN and it looks almost new. :D