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Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook
with 3500-word two-way dictionary

Retail Price $8.99
Our Price $8.09
 
 

Lonely Planet - Japanese Phrasebook - Tread Lightly, Travel Responsibly
Lonely Planet phrasebooks give you a comprehensive mix of practical and social words and phrases in more than 120 languages. Chat with the locals and discover their culture - a guaranteed way to enrich your travel experience.

Order the freshest fugu, survive a karaoke session and know how deep to bow. Go beyond the shrines, sushi and subway and discover Japan through its language and people.

Inside the Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook:

Tools: pronunciation, a-z phrasebuilder, language difficulties, numbers and amounts, time and dates, money.
Practical: transport, border crossing, directions, accommodation, shopping, communications, banking, sightseeing, business, senior & disabled travellers, children.
Social: meeting people, interests, feelings & opinions, going out, romance, beliefs & cultural differences, sport, outdoors.
Food: eating out, self-catering, vegetarian & special meals, culinary reader.
Safe Travel: essentials, health.
Dictionary: English - Japanese, Japanese - English


Learn Japanese Fast!

Learning to speak Japanese can be quick and easy with our Japanese language courses and learning aids.  Whether you are looking for an all audio Japanese course like Pimsleur or a computer based Japanese course like Rosetta Stone, we have what’s right for you.  Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to learning Japanese.

Learn Japanese on the Go

Having a busy life shouldn’t keep you from learning Japanese.  We offer several Japanese language courses that will allow you to learn to speak Japanese while driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.  This means you can learn Japanese anywhere, anytime.  The ease with which you’ll learn Japanese is amazing. 

Can I Really Learn Japanese?

The answer is YES!  Learning Japanese is easier than ever with our full line of Japanese language courses and learning aids.  Learning Japanese is not as hard as you might think.  With all the available Japanese resources, you can learn while commuting, while watching TV or while sitting in front of the computer.  If you want to learn to speak Japanese, there is no excuse to not.  The world is at our fingertips and learning Japanese will help you better communicate with everyone.

Here are 5 Secrets to Learn Japanese Fast:

  1. Set a Goal - Decide how many minutes each day you are going to set aside for your Japanese studies.  Stick to this no matter what comes about.  Setting a goal to study each day will help you more quickly achieve your goal to learn Japanese fast.
  2. Set a Time - Know at what time you are going to study Japanese each day.  This is part of your goal setting but of equal importance to your success.  Your time might be first thing in the morning.  Or it might be on your evening commute home.  Whatever the time is, stick to it. 
  3. Take Notes - Buy yourself a notebook to use for your Japanese studies.  In your notebook take notes of the words or phrases that may be difficult for you to remember.  Spell them out.  Write their definition.  You’ll be surprised with how much this will help you in your goal to learn Japanese fast.
  4. Collect Japanese Articles and Pictures - Keep a folder and collect Japanese articles and pictures about the language and country you are learning about.  You might find an article about Japan.  Add those to your folder.  The internet is full of Japanese language newspapers.  Print off some articles to look over and see how many words you recognize.
  5. Have Fun! - There is no sense setting a goal to learn Japanese if you don’t have fun.  Use your new language skills to practice with native speakers.  And before you know it, you’ll be on your way to learning Japanese.  Good luck and have fun!

The JAPANESE Language:
Japanese is a language of uncertain origin. Japanese is spoken by more than 125 million people, most of whom live in Japan. There are also many speakers of Japanese in the Ryukyu Islands, Korea, Taiwan, parts of the United States, and Brazil. Japanese appears to be unrelated to any other language; however, some scholars see a kinship with the Korean tongue because the grammars of the two are very similar. Japanese exhibits a degree of agglutination. In an agglutinative language, different linguistic elements, each of which exists separately and has a fixed meaning, are often joined to form one word. Japanese lacks tones, but has a musical accent and usually stresses all syllables equally. In the 3rd and 4th cent. AD, the Japanese borrowed the Chinese writing system of ideographic characters. Since Chinese is not inflected and since Chinese writing is ideographic rather than phonetic, the Chinese characters do not completely fill the needs of the inflected Japanese language in the sphere of writing. In the 8th cent. AD, two phonetic syllabaries, or kana, were therefore devised for the recording of the Japanese language. They are used along with the ideographic characters (or kanji characters) to indicate the syllables that form suffixes and particles. The direction of writing is usually from top to bottom in vertical columns and from right to left. The Roman alphabet has also been used increasingly to transcribe Japanese. The large number of speakers and the high level of cultural, economic, and political development of the Japanese people make Japanese one of the leading languages of the world.


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