John W. Carlson is professor of philosophy at Creighton University. He is the author of Understanding Our Being: Introduction to Speculative Philosophy in the Perennial Tradition.
Japanese For Dummies has everything you need to get offthe ground with speaking the language. Author and Professor ofJapanese Eriko Sato starts you off with the essentials of grammarand pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the language,before showing you Japanese in action. You’ll then explorevocabulary and expressions through dialogues taking place insituations such as:Introductions and greetingsEating and drink ingShoppingExploring the townTalking on the telephoneAsking directionsGetting aroundStaying at a hotel
You’ll also discover social customs, formalities, andmanners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present.Whether you simply want to introduce yourself to the Japaneselanguage, say a few words to a neighbor or coworker, oryou’re planning a major trip or study abroad in Japan,Japanese For Dummies will enable you to get the basics fastand work towards your own goal at your own pace. You’ll alsofind out about:How to use karaoke to help you learn JapaneseMovies that will introduce you to Japanese culture andlanguageLearning Japanese the “gourmet” wayWhen ignoring “no, thank you” shows goodmannersProper table mannersProper body languageHow to sound fluentAnd much more!
With helpful vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary at the end,and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations,Japanese For Dummies assumes no prior knowledge of Japaneseon your part—providing the perfect guide for aquick-but-thorough, lighthearted-but-not-lightweight introductionto the language.