How to pick up basic Japanese-fast Japanese is the fifth most studied language in the U.S., with over 40,000 college students enrolled in Japanese courses every year, and Japan ranks as the eighth most popular international destination for American travelers. Focusing on real-world language skills that people can put to use right away-from asking directions to talking numbers-this phrasebook is a must for travelers and students. Eriko Sato, PhD, is a native Japanese speaker and Professor of Japanese at SUNY Stony Brook.
Eriko Sato is a lecturer of Japanese language at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she received her PhD degree in linguistics. She also is the Founding Director of the Pre-College Japanese Language Program as well as the Executive Director of the Japan Center at the same university. When she started her graduate work in 1988, she decided to devote her career to Japanese-language education and research. She studied Japanese and English linguistics and foreign languages, including Chinese, French, and Korean, to prepare herself to be a teacher and researcher who understands students' linguistic backgrounds and difficulties. She has written many articles for linguistic and education journals, and she has written three books on Japanese language: a textbook for young children, a textbook for college students, and a manual for Japanese/English translators.
Introduction. Chapter 1: I Say It How? Speaking Japanese. Chapter 2: Grammar on a Diet: Just the Basics. Chapter 3: Numerical Gumbo: Counting of All Kinds. Chapter 4: Making New Friends and Enjoying Small Talk. Chapter 5: Enjoying a Drink and a Snack (or Meal). Chapter 6: Shop 'til You Drop. Chapter 7: Making Leisure a Top Priority. Chapter 8: When You Gotta Work. Chapter 9: I Get Around: Transportation. Chapter 10: Finding a Place to Lay Your Weary Head. Chapter 11: Dealing with Emergencies. Chapter 12: Ten Favorite Japanese Expressions. Chapter 13: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Like a Local. Index.