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Japanese slanguage : a fun visual guide to Japanese terms and phrases / by Mike Ellis

This is a fun and easy way to learn conversational Japanese phrases.  Check out the "how to use this book" section and start speaking the words they way they are shown in English.

General Information

Resources include library materials, featuring books, ebooks, journals, and/or media in your elective that are listed in the Library Catalog; and Web resources, featuring recommended Web resources  selected and annotated by NEIT's Reference Librarians.

These resources are intended to be a starting point only and are not a comprehensive guide to all the resources available.  Always be sure to Ask a Librarian.


Library materials on the Japanese Language can be found in the Library under the classifications PL501 through PL699, with Japanese language textbooks for English speakers found in PL539.3 (listed in the Library Catalog under the subject heading Japanese language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English).

For more titles, search the Library Catalog using the subject terms listed above in bold.

♦  Japanese English visual bilingual dictionary / [senior editor, Angela Wilkes].
1st American ed. [1/20]
Ref. PL676 .J365 2011
[on order 2018
♦  Japanese for dummies / by Eriko Sato.
PL539 .S295 2013 
Introduces the essentials of Japanese grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the Japanese language, before showing you Japanese in action. You'll also discover social customs, formalities, and manners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present. Includes vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary, and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations. [1/20]
[on order 2018]
♦  Japanese hiragana & katakana for beginners : first steps to mastering the Japanese writing system : the method that's helped thousands in the U.S. and Japan learn Japanese successfully / Timothy G. Stout ; illustrated by Alexis Cowan.
PL528 .S677 2011
"Japanese has two basic writing systems, hiragana and katakana, in addition to the one that uses Chinese characters or kanji. This handy book teaches you a new mnemonics-based method to read and write the basic 92 hiragana and katakana characters -- a method that has helped thousands of learners worldwide. ... The CD-ROM allows you to print out your own flash cards (featuring the same mnemonic images taught in the book) to help you review and practice, even while you're on the go."--Back cover.   [1/20]
♦  Japanese slanguage : a fun visual guide to Japanese terms and phrases /
by Mike Ellis.
PL539 .E54 2010
With this fun visual guide, simply follow the illustrated prompts and read the English words out loud. Say hello: "Cone Knee Che Wah"; order cake at a restaurant: "Kay Key"; or ask for a hairdresser or a doctor: "Bee Oh She" or "EE She." [1/20]
♦  Kodansha's furigana English-Japanese dictionary : the essential dictionary for all students of Japanese  [1/20]
Ref. PL679 .K63 2012

Web Resources

Listed are selected web resources pertinent to your elective:
♦  Denshi Jisho
An online Japanese dictionary which also contains example of words used in context within sentences. [1/20]
♦  Fast Track: 100 Grammar Points
Basic Japanese grammar in short lessons. "Watered-down, understandable, bite-sized grammar lessons."   [1/20]
♦  Kanji Alive
Kanji alive, a web application ( designed to help Japanese language students of all levels learn to read and write kanji. [1/20]
♦  Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese
This is an online, free textbook which covers vocabulary, grammar, useful expressions, and informal (as well as formal) language skills. [1/20]

Last updated 2020.01/ CW