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.
Award-winning writer and filmmaker and host of the acclaimed Global Spirits series seen on PBS and Link TV, Phil Cousineau weaves stories, myths, parables, and quotes from famous travelers with practical suggestions and accounts of modern-day pilgrims to show that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. Connecting these voices is a series of meditations that suggest different ways to practice what pilgrims and poets have done for centuries, to see with the “eyes of the heart.” With more than 70 illustrations, this book is for the traveler who longs for something more than diversion and escape.
The Art of Pilgrimage shows that every journey can be sacred, soulful, and transformative if it is undertaken with a desire for spiritual risk and renewal. Whether traveling to Mecca or Memphis, Stonehendge or Cooperstown, one’s journey becomes meaningful when the traveler’s heart and imagination are open to experiencing the sacred.
Reviews of The Art of the Pilgrimage:
“If Joseph Campbell, the Dalai Lama, and Bill Moyers were to have collaborated on a book about journeys. . . I suspect it would look very much like The Art of Pilgrimage.” —Austin American Statesman
“Pilgrim, read this book. Whatever your longing, path, or destination, Phil Cousineau gives you the most valuable gear you could pack in your satchel – how to travel outward to the edges of the world while simultaneously journey to the depths of your soul.” —Anthony Lawlor, Foundation for Consciousness in Architecture
“Sorely needed in this dispirited and disenchanted world.” —Bill Moyers