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Japanese the Manga Way
Learn real Japanese that real Japanese people read! Also comics.
by Michael Richey
If you’re self-teaching Japanese and just a little past the beginning phases, you may run into a conundrum. With a handful of vocabulary and grammar points in hand, you can eke forward in conversation and written word. But oftentimes, real life Japanese will throw you vocabulary and grammar not covered in the early stages of textbook study. Enter: Japanese the Manga Way by Wayne P. Lammers.
Japanese the Manga Way is the perfect tool to fill in knowledge gaps for beginning and intermediate Japanese learners. It’s 493 mini lessons designed to give you the detailed gist of grammar points using real Japanese that real Japanese people read. How is this done? Each mini lesson is illustrated by a panel of manga. Not fake manga cooked up by a textbook company to teach you grammar they want you to know. Real manga from real books and newspapers in Japan.
Thorough, Efficient Teaching
As stated above, Japanese the Manga Way is divided into 493 mini lessons, categorized in 32 chapters. Each lesson teaches one grammar point illustrated by one or more panels of manga. The lessons contain:
an explanation of the grammar point
a set up of the manga panel’s story
a translation and dissection of the manga panel’s Japanese
several follow-up bullet points that explain the linguistic or cultural specifics of the Japanese you may not know
That’s a lot of information packed into a half page!
The beauty of this book is its simplicity. Everything is bite size and concisely explained, with very little room for confusion. Author Lammers even goes as far as to break the entire Japanese language into 3 basic sentence types: verb, noun, and adjective sentences. From there he builds and builds, starting with the simplest Japanese and ending with the more complicated. The style and format is easily consumable and good for those who have been frustrated by the daunting task of Japanese study. Lammers is offering a learning environment in which you can learn step by step, brick by brick.
Another advantage of the book is the way each manga example reinforces the grammar point. Rather than having a cast of characters (Robert and Hiroshi!) who repeatedly give voice to each lesson, the real manga examples assign this task to a wide range of cameos from actual manga. One lesson may star Crayon Shin-chan, and the next may feature Captain Tsubasa. This gives your brain a chance to glue the Japanese you’ve learned to a specific character and situation, not unlike the way you may retain vivid memories of stories you’ve experienced or read in your own language.
Instead of the common “-u verb” and “-ru verb”(or the best godan and ichidan definitions) used to describe the two types of Japanese verbs, Lammers calls them “type 1″ and “type 2″. Instead of “plain form”, “polite form” and so on to describe the different politeness levels, Lammers uses “PL1″ through “PL4″, wherein “PL” stands for “politeness level”. There’s nothing incorrect about this lexicon, but some learners already familiar with certain terms may find it initially difficult to make the switch in their brains. This switch, however, is a small price to pay for all the knowledge gained by the end of the book.
The major drawback of this book is its use of romaji throughout. It was probably added to lower the bar of entry, which is understandable from a publishing standpoint. Easier access = easier sell. But from an academic standpoint, romaji is a major hindrance to Japanese learning and has no practical value in real world situations. Are you one of these people? You can learn hiragana right now.
In addition to this, there is no audio accompaniment with this textbook, so you’re on your own when it comes to pronunciation and listening. There’s no workbook as well, though the text itself has a lot of information. To get the most out of this text, you’ll want to create your own notes and drill the topics on your own without the help of a workbook. So, certainly not a deal breaker, and certainly not something that’s expected of a textbook to have, but these additions would have turned my favorite textbook into my favoritest favoritest textbook.
Expert Tips from an Expert Linguist
Wayne P. Lammers is a native Japanese speaker and linguist. What you get from Japanese the Manga Way is a different experience from traditional textbooks. It’s a crash course to be sure, but Lammers is expertly crashing you into the most pertinent information and explaining it in a way that is easy digestible. For those who want the most efficient path to beefing up their Japanese knowledge, this is a very good option.
It is worth mentioning that the manga used in this book’s examples is 80s and 90s slice of life manga. No robots or superheroes here. This is good news as you’ll be learning useful Japanese rather than, “You will never defeat me!” or “He’s summoning energy from the universe!”
Japanese the Manga Way is unique among textbooks and not to be missed for mid beginners and intermediates. If you keep running into grammar you don’t understand, this is the book for you. It dives deep into Japanese, stopping just short of high-intermediate and low-expert levels. Grab this book when you see it and pray that eventually there will be a second volume (without romaji).
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its leisure rather than business activity.
order custume make up.
geisha and then wing it.
start portfolio tonight or tomorrow.
as soon as you take the picture you are the model. modeling is costume makeup and jewelery.
pick a name to be each photoshoot untill you make it big.
name Eizabeth Heston XI.
you are a pixie
tinker bell/cousin to the fairy
torso all the way
legs a lot
harder above knee
cello at hand
janorotluvx manga toruhu no sleepiness the goodness of tawaiian.
screen to the east
you married hand is dangerous
a murderous play toy
a doll..the geisha RENI.
a thought it was a geisha invitation.
a fable storybook teller, a fortune book teller I mean P.O.D.
winter princess princess of the mountains.
princess warrior king tut...meaning queen of eygpt.
bookcover artist, magazine editor and writer of max millennium yearly.
the Kay Kristen Zahedeya-Nararawa model exposure and it sucks bit its time for you...erm biopolar to come to light. character interview.
and I am Puma Model.
the peasants photography
the rags to bitches
the empire forbinding sitting.
the bored but causual beauty.
the hentai model mia.
the sailor moon
and the japanese idol.
and the mint cosplay
a movie (how about a book a script) about two cute supper heros that come down from heaven to date...see each other and translate life.
write in english translate to chinese and then re edit.
each book will be about 2 each to understand the trails of the gods as spoken in modern chick lit language.
as it related to greek mythology.
a love story or romance between poisodoin and venus.
pop culture fiction
these are the records of holmer or odisuous or how they would live they were seemingly normal.
also try rewriting the bible since it is a book of fables.
english liturator (in the euro) rewritten in modern day chick literature.
contanstant poems, poems written in song like meg cabots size 12 isnt fat intro...a song or chapter introduction summary. example needed.
bunny hop hop
get it together, girl your different.
im a white person with a brazillian tan...like ranpha.
use black characters to symbolize my manga...it will envolve your hair more.
look up photography buddle like back drops props and clothes and actions.
By Christina Da Um Poor
A Memoirs Collection.
Which it may be better in life than death. Than to have someone recognize you for guilt. That we may say our fear hopes and dreams are only ours let us learn and join in marry baidment our hopes and dreams.
japanese is words written side ways.
go to places where there are plenty of people around.
never eat alone.
hangout in groups.
even though it ain't related. this is what I should study.
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