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Japanese Beyond Words: How to Walk and Talk Like a Native Speaker [Paperback]

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 2000
Publisher   Stone Bridge Press
ISBN  1880656426  
EAN  9781880656426  

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Learning Japanese is a challenge. And, as many students find out, memorizing sentence patterns, vocabulary, and lists of kanji doesn't necessarily make it easy to communicate with Japanese people. Barriers of culture and social etiquette can be just as difficult to overcome as problems of grammar. And until now, these aspects of learning to communicate with a new culture could only be learned first hand by trial and error.

Japanese Beyond Words was written to fill this gap, giving you the tools you need to effectively communicate in Japanese, with the Japanese. If you want to become truly competent in Japanese, you will need to know about:

what your clothes say about you
business cards, and why you should be nice to them
when and how to bow
shoes: they're on, they're off, they're on, they're off
what's expected of foreigners (that means you)
circumlocution without dizziness
pronunciation ("read my lips," just doesn't cut it)
how to say no without saying "no"
social uses of politeness . . . and rudeness
behavior at parties and other social gatherings
English in Japanese, and Japanese in English
the differences between men and women (you don't know as much as you think)

Long-time Japan resident Andrew Horvat presents these and many, many more topics through a wealth of experience, research, and anecdote. Entertaining, opinionated, as well as educational, Japanese Beyond Words will help you to walk, talk, slurp, and bow your way to cultural (as well as linguistic) fluency in Japanese.

A Tokyo-based writer and broadcaster for many years, Andrew Horvat has been a fellow at the National Foreign Language Center in Washington DC (1997), at Stanford University's Center for East Asian Studies (1994/95), and at Simon Fraser University's David Lam Centre for International Communication (1990). His research into the increased international use of the Japanese language was supported in 1994/95 by the Abe Shintaro Fund. He is a member of the Japan Foundation's advisory committee on the teaching of Japanese as a second language.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Andrew Horvat took his Master's degree in Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. During his distinguished career as a journalist specializing in East Asian affairs, he has been a reporter for the Associated Press, Asia Correspondent for Southam News, Tokyo Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and The Independent, and Tokyo Bureau Chief for American Public Radio.

Andrew Horvat was born in 1946.

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I wish I had read this earlier  Oct 6, 2005
I spent two years in Japan. At times I wondered what was going on. Other times I felt absolutely lost. This book helped me to understand those things that had confused me.

I think that Mr. Horvat was wise in writing this book. This book is very helpful to anyone who plans on going to Japan or has been there for an extended period of time.

I recommend this book highly!
Informative, Interesting ... and slightly misleading  Dec 30, 2004
I stumbled across this book at the bookstore, and it looked interesting so I bought it. I was pleased to read a book that was both educational and entertaining, and covers a topic that is unfortunately so-often neglected: practical, modern Japanese culture. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in either living in Japan or working with Japanese either at home or in Japan. This book should also be required reading for students of Japanese as well, regardless of language level. Even for people with experience in Japan (for whom most of the information is hopefully second nature by now) this book serves as a helpful reminder and warning to common cultural pitfalls that even experts can fall into.

There were only a few aspects of this book that disappointed me and kept me from giving it 5 stars. These points include:

-The title: whoever came up with title should be fired. Not only is it generic and uninspiring but it could give the reader the mistaken impression that it is a language textbook. By and large, it is NOT. This is a book on Japanese culture with a few language tidbits thrown in.

-The infatuation with Eleanor Jorden's works. Some people love them, others hate them ... count me in the latter category. From the perspective of pure linguistics, Jorden's might be superior books but from the perspective of language acquisition I cannot recommend them: particularly if you are studying on your own. Horvat partially redeemed himself in my eyes by praising Nagara Susumu's "Japanese for Everyone" which I think is an outstanding textbook.

-Anti-Hepburn attitude. I'm sorry, but romaji should be there for the aid of people who are NOT proficient in Japanese (those that ARE proficient really don't need romaji!) ... you'll never convince me that a person unfamiliar with Japanese will pronounce "Huzi" or "Mitubisi" close to how they should be pronounced!

-Length: as other reviewers have mentioned, this could have been two or three times as long. $15 for a book under 200 pages seems a bit steep.

But these are relatively minor points and should not keep you from buying this book. Horvat's work contains the type of hidden gems that can spell the difference between business and/or personal success ... and failure!
Great book. Only needed the first three words of the title.  May 6, 2004
If you read the title and expected the book to deliver on making you into a native Japanese, well, you'll be disappointed. Any claim like that should be taken with a grain of salt. I thought the book was great. The only thing it lacked was more content. This book could have been twice it's size. It may have also been better in an encyclopedic format for more ease of reading. It's written by a guy who knows what he's talking about, given his education, years and years of living and working in Japan, and his involvement in foreign language enducation politics.
I don't believe the book lives up to its title  Feb 4, 2003
I was assigned to read this several years ago as part of a Japanese culture class. Although the title looks promising, I did not find very much useful information in the book. Any of the insight into Japanese culture or language given in the book could was easily surpassed by the course's other reading requirements, including "Learning to Bow" and "The Accidental Office Lady," which were also far more entertaining.

I feel that the sub-title sums up the author's frequently arrogant tone of writing, inferring that this book will help one "Walk and Talk Like a Native Speaker." After reading the book I felt that that title was nothing more than a marketing strategy to entice students and others seeking an understanding of Japan into buying the book.

Unless this book is assigned as a reading requirement, I do not recommend getting it, especially for those considering the book because of its proud title.

Truly excellent: highly informative, and great reading too !  Dec 24, 2002
As a European or American, there is no doubt that the culture of Japan is one of the most difficult to penetrate and understand. Arabs, Indians, and even the peoples of Indochina, are still Indo-European and not so different from us in many ways, while the people of Africa were greatly influenced by European colonialism. Even the Chinese and Koreans, or the peoples of the South Pacific, are not to hard to understand. Japan, instead, is a totally different world. The world's second greatest economy, a nation and a people who have extremely intense economic and political relations with the West, whom we meet daily in our respective parts of the world as business travellers or flocks of tourists, probably remain the world's most traditional and least penetrable society. While political correctness is rampant in the West, Japan remains a culture of total political uncorrectness, a culture of pride and shame. The society is based on rituals, which are extremely hard for us to understand. In this wonderful masterpiece, Andrew Hórvat, an American-Hungarian who has lived in Japan for over thirty years and now heads the Japan office of The Asia Foundation, does a truly excellent job in letting us know more of this mysterious and fascinating society, which is sometimes perturbing to our eyes, but fantastically interesting to understand. The book is written in very lay terms, and requires no special prior knowledge of Japan nor an academic background. It is written in a very simple and fluid manner, without complications. Yet, it is dense with information and reflections of an academic nature. At the same time, it is filled with information about Japan's culture and society, and it is great reading for anyone wishing to know more of this subject. And you can bet, even if you are not interested in Japan, this book will make you change mind.

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