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Japanese Demystified (Paperback)
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Say sayonara to your fears of speaking Japanese!

Interested in learning to speak Japanese but feel intimidated by the complex characters and pronunciations? No need to worry! Even if your only experience is ordering sushi, Japanese Demystified will have you saying konnichiwa to your new language skills in no time.

Beginning with a review of Japanese writing systems, basic pronunciation, and everyday expressions, this book covers key grammar fundamentals such as particles, nouns, verb forms, and honorifics. You'll build your Japanese vocabulary with essential words and phrases and quickly master this challenging language. Test yourself at the end of every chapter for reinforcement that you're fast on your way to speaking, writing, and understanding Japanese.

This fast and easy guide features:

  • Clear and straightforward explanations of Japanese grammar fundamentals
  • Numerous examples of simple and complex sentence structures
  • Japanese hiragana, katakana, and kanji with phonetic transliterations for all Japanese words
  • Helpful writing and speaking exercises that bring the Japanese language to life
  • Coverage of everyday topics as well as conversational expressions
  • Quizzes at the end of each chapter to reinforce new material

    Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for a more experienced student, Japanese Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this complex language.


    Product ID: 502418
    Category: Learn
    Supporting language: Japanese
    Platforms/media types: Printed Matter
    Table of contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • PART 1 IDENTIFYING PEOPLE AND THINGS
  • Chapter 1
  • Pronouncing and Writing Japanese Words
  • Basic Japanese Sounds and Romaji
  • The Japanese Writing Systems
  • Familiar Japanese Words
  • Chapter 2
  • Identifying People and ThingsReferring to People
  • Identifying People and Things
  • Using Demonstratives
  • Using Everyday Phrases
  • Chapter 3 Asking Questions
  • The Question Particle ¿ ka
  • Asking Who is it?
  • Asking What is it?
  • Asking Where is it?
  • The Japanese-Speaking World
  • Chapter 4 Describing People and Things
  • Some Useful Adjectives
  • Asking How is it?
  • Creating a Modifier Using a Noun and the Particle ¿ no
  • Using Numbers 1-10
  • Chapter 5
  • Expressing Existence and Location
  • The Verbs ¿¿¿ imasu and ¿¿¿¿ arimasu
  • Expressing What Exists
  • Expressing What You Have
  • Expressing the Location of People and Things
  • Using Numbers 11-99
  • TEST AFTER PART 1
  • PART 2 TALKING ABOUT ACTIONS
  • Chapter 6 Expressing Coming and Going
  • Japanese Verb Forms
  • Verbs of Coming and Going
  • Making Suggestions and Invitations
  • Some Useful Particles
  • Using Numbers 100-99,999
  • Chapter 7
  • Expressing What You Do
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Verbs of Activities
  • Verbs of Giving and Receiving
  • Colors
  • More About Using Numbers
  • Chapter 8 Talking About the Past
  • The Past Tense Forms in the Polite Style
  • Indefinite Pronouns and Negative Pronouns
  • Some Useful Particles
  • Talking about Experiences
  • Describing People and Things More Specifically
  • Some Absolute Time Expressions
  • Chapter 9
  • Using the Te-Form
  • Te-Form
  • Listing Actions and Properties Using the Te-form
  • Requesting with Te-form + ¿¿¿ kudasai
  • Giving Directions
  • Te-Form + ¿¿ iru
  • Chapter 10 Asking for Permission
  • Permission and Prohibition
  • Obligation and Discretion
  • Permissibility and Minimal Requirement
  • Potential and Ability
  • Sports and Hobbies
  • TEST AFTER PART 2
  • PART 3 STATING FACTS
  • Chapter 11 Stating Your Opinions
  • The Plain Forms of Verbs and Adjectives
  • Embedded Sentences
  • Embedded Questions
  • Expressing "Or"
  • Some Useful Modals
  • Asking Why
  • Chapter 12 Creating Adverbs and Adverbial
  • Clauses
  • Adverbs Derived from Adjectives
  • Mimetic Words
  • Adverbials for Time
  • Adverbials for Reasons and Causes
  • Adverbials for Contrast or Contradiction
  • Adverbials for Purposes
  • Adverbials for Manner
  • Chapter 13 Comparing People and Things
  • Comparing Two Items
  • Making Superlative Comparisons
  • Chapter 14 Creating Complex Phrases and Clauses
  • Auxiliary Verbs and Adjectives that Follow the Stem Form
  • Creating Complex Modifiers
  • Creating Sentence-Like Noun Modifiers
  • Chapter 15 Indicating Changes
  • Using the Verbs¿¿Suru and ¿¿Naru to Indicate Change
  • Some Useful Particles
  • Things You Wear
  • TEST AFTER PART 3
  • PART 4 EXPRESSING IMPLICATION, ATTITUDE, AND PERSPECTIVE
  • Chapter 16 Expressing Implication
  • Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
  • Auxiliary Verbs that Follow the Te-form
  • Expressing One’s Desire
  • Listing Actions and Properties
  • Chapter 17 Expressing Attitude
  • More Useful Modals
  • Useful Pragmatic Particles
  • Expressing Free Choice
  • Plants and Animals
  • Chapter 18 Considering and Planning Your Actions
  • Commands
  • Using the Volitional Form
  • Conditionals
  • More Terms for Occupations and Professions
  • Chapter 19 Changing the Perspective
  • Passive Constructions
  • Causative Constructions
  • Causative-Passive Constructions
  • Loanwords
  • Chapter 20 Using Honorifics
  • Japanese Honorifics
  • Honorific and Humble Verb Forms
  • Honorific/Polite Noun Forms
  • Honorific/Polite Adjective Forms
  • Honorific/Polite Question Words
  • TEST AFTER PART 4
  • FINAL EXAM
  • Appendix A: Sentence Predicates in Japanese
  • Appendix B: Verb Forms
  • Japanese-English Glossary
  • English-Japanese Glossary
  • Answer Key
  • Index