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A Handbook of Common Japanese Phrases (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics) [Paperback]

By Sanseido (Compiler) & John Brennan (Editor)
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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 19, 2002
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770027982  
EAN  9784770027986  

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Presents a collection of Japanese phrases.

Publishers Description
Words don't exist as independent units, to be inserted into grammatical slots by a speaker exercising absolute authority over their placement. Rather, they tend to come in neatly bound packages - in fixed phrases or entire sentences - ready to communicate an idea that cannot be expressed economically in any other way. For example, "I wouldn't do that if I were you" is basically a set expression, allowing for little change. If a student of English wanted to express the thought behind this phrase, but wasn't aware that a means of doing it already existed, he or she would be forced to resort to a great deal of circumlocution before the point was made.
This is exactly why common phrases are so important: they facilitate communication. Japanese, too, is rich in common phrases perfect for any number and variety of occasions. This handbook lists some 600 of them and explains when, where, and how to use them, providing alternatives for slightly varied circumstances and revealing their underlying psychology. While all this is done in an informative, practical manner, the book is also immensely entertaining and can be profitably read by anyone interested in Japanese etiquette and psychology. All in all, A Handbook of Common Japanese Phrases is a delight for students of Japanese at every level and anyone interested in how Japanese interact among themselves.
A Handbook of Common Japanese Phrases is based on Common Japanese Phrases and Common Japanese Business Phrases, previously published in the Power Japanese series.

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For when you are lost for words  Feb 22, 2005
This is an English translation of a Japanese book intended to instruct young Japanese in appropriate language use. There are two sections, the first covers a number of general-life situations while the second is focussed on business use.

It has a large number of very useful and certainly common phrases and includes guidelines on their appropriate use and delivery. Subtle differences between similar phrases are explained. These phrases are worthwhile remembering, however, there is greater variation in their use than this text might lead you to believe.

I have not had occasion to use all of these phrases nor can I claim to have heard all of them in use, but where the contents of the book overlaps with my own experience it is quite accurate. HOWEVER- the section on the protocol for offering prayers for the dead is just plain wrong- (or perhaps it would be better to say that it is greatly at odds with my own experiences in such settings) and that leaves me with some concern over what other errors might be lurking in here.
Helpfulf for advanced students or those living in Japan  Apr 22, 2004
This book gives a number of formulaic sentences for covering situations in the workplace or while entertaining, such as appropriate ways to congratulate someone for a promotion, express sympathy for a loss, commiserate while visiting someone in the hospital, apologize for a guest having to witness a domestic scene. Each sentence has a lenghty commentary describing its apporpriate use. This would be very helpful for an advanced student living in Japan. However, beginners can't use it very well.

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