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Japanese For All Occasions: Mastering Speech Styles + CD

Japanese for All Occasions is an introduction to Japanese speech styles, or the ways in which Japanese speakers adjust their words depending on who they are talking to. In this unique volume, veteran teacher Taeko Kamiya shows how similar ideas are expressed in casual, polite, honorific, and humble styles.

The book is divided into two parts. The first gives an overview of the various parts of Japanese speech that play a role in creating speech styles - personal pronouns, names, honorific prefixes, copulas, adjectives, and verbs. It also touches on the role of sentence-ending particles in male and female speech.

The second part is made up of 19 lessons and deals with conversation. Here the author explains, with reference to example dialogues, exactly what goes on in each speech style, from verb conjugations to contractions and ellipses. Throughout the book, she clarifies sentence patterns that learners at the intermediate level are likely to encounter, with emphasis on those that come up in Level 4 (N4) of the new Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

This book comes with audio for all of the dialogues, and practice questions at the end of each lesson allow learners to test their understanding.

Written by Taeko Kamiya.


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