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Japanese from Zero 1 Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals Volume 1

Last Updated: 2 Jan 2019 (Refresh Now)
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Ease of Use
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learn, easy to follow, japanese, language, easy to understand
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" ...  Grammar is explained in a simple, straightforward way.  ...  "
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" ...  The online help from the author that corresponds with this 1st book is incredibly helpful.  ...  "
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" ...  it is an easy study guide, esp.  ...  "
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" ...  it describes everything very well an makes is so much easier.  ...  "
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" ...  Fantastic approach to a complex language with emphasis on the semantics from the start.  ...  "
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" ...  Only about a quarter of the way through the book but so far it is very easy to follow and the paired with his youtube videos is quite excellent!  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to understand and very clearly laid out. ... I excited to go through it and the writing is friendly and easy to understand.  ...  "
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" ...  Japanese is very hard, but the JFZ teaching method makes it much easier to understand.  ...  "
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Video Playback
 50
youtube, lesson, george, japanese, author
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" ...  Plus, George's youtube videos are a great resource and help bring it all together.  ...  "
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" ...  I love his video series on youtube that goes along with the book.  ...  "
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" ...  George also has Youtube videos that correspond with every lesson, so students can read through the lesson, get a good grasp, then watch the video to get some more insight into the lesson and what is being taught.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s almost exactly like taking a class online when you use the book and watch the YouTube videos.  ...  "
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" ...  I remember stumbling on a website called YesJapan and enjoyed watching videos featuring George and Keiko. ... Every morning I read a chapter and watch his Youtube video on that chapter, it's been a great way to start the day. ... I'm really looking forward to working through the other books and videos.  ...  "
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" ...  Recommend watching the youtube videos and the website to help correct pronunciation.  ...  "
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" ...  I also love his video's on U tube.  ...  "
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" ...  I watch the videos first and then have fun going over everything else in the lesson afterward.  ...  "
For Kids
 25
teaching, learning japanese, japanese, george, books
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" ...  I am in my 50's and feel that the book is fine for teenagers or adults of any age.  ...  "
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" ...  For the pace this goes at - again great for someone working or going to school all day - the method of teaching them where it's mixed with the English letters is a godsend that I never even considered a potential method.  ...  "
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" ...  In addition to the book series the author, George, also started a YouTube series specifically for his books as well.  ...  "
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" ...  It's a progressive style teaching book.  ...  "
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" ...  plus the creator is on youtube and gives free lessons.  ...  "
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" ...  Some say they are more fit for children and are a bit to slow for their liking and prefer the book "Genki" but if feel this book does a great job in holding the students hand and directly gets the point across with little confusion.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm actually taking a Japanese class for adults once a week and we're using the Genki book.  ...  "
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" ...  My teen son has been homeschooled since eighth grade.  ...  "
For Fun
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book, learn, studying, lot of fun, language
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" ...  I always had the desire to learn another language, but wanted something fun.  ...  "
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" ...  Lots of fun.  ...  "
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" ...  it's fun, time consuming, and rewarding.  ...  "
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" ...  I know it won't be easy, but this book is written with a fun style that's hard to find in other books.  ...  "
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" ...  I am studying for fun and my goal is to learn a chapter a week.  ...  "
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" ...  I had a lot of fun studying from this book.  ...  "
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" ...  The author is a good instructor and this workbook is a fun and simple way to start learning Japanese.  ...  "
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" ...  すごい!, Japanese from Zero!, is making Learning Japanese Quick, and VERY fun.  ...  "
Marketplace
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japanese from zero, yesjapan, thank you george, book, across
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" ...  Thank you to the folks at Japanese from Zero on youtube and yesjapan.com.  ...  "
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" ...  Thank you George!  ...  "
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" ...  Thank you to everyone who was part of the creation of this book.  ...  "
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" ...  Thank you~ Will be ordering the other parts to this.  ...  "
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" ...  Thank you George, and everyone else at YesJapan!  ...  "
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" ...  Thanks George and Team.  ...  "
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" ...  Thank you so much to the authors!!  ...  "
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" ...  For some reason I thought it would be thinner (should have looked at the photos available in the review section).  ...  "
Setup
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way, book, videos, simple, lessons
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" ...  It has useful ,easy to understand dialogue and instructions.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple to follow  ...  "
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" ...  It is easy to follow.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm really happy with the way this book was made easy to follow.  ...  "
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" ...  It, along with the videos, are extremely easy to follow and teach in such a way that the lessons build upon one another and offer a steady and interesting progression in learning the Japanese language and, in book one, Hiragana, as well.  ...  "
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" ...  Very well written and easy to follow.  ...  "
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" ...  Grammar is explained in a simple, straightforward way.  ...  "
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" ...  Already can't wait to start the next installation in the series.  ...  "
Apps
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apps, japanese, books, language, george
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" ...  There are also YouTube videos to help with the learning process which are completely free.  ...  "
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" ...  Learning a new language can be a daunting task, and it was for me.  ...  "
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" ...  If you want to learn Hiragana/Katakana, there are tons of free apps and even some relatively cheap apps (I highly recommend the Dr. Moku series).  ...  "
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" ...  This is the best language learning book I have ever read.  ...  "
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" ...  However, I would appreciate having extra examples or additional explanation of nuances like that you would find on the website / youtube version. ... I definitely think you get a good deal for this as compared to other language learning programs (way better and cheaper than Rosetta Stone if that is on your mind).  ...  "
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" ...  With that being said, this book does not get to katakana or kanji, which some books choose to integrate earlier.  ...  "
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" ...  In my opinion this is the best way to start learning the language.  ...  "
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" ...  Combining this book with the extensive YouTube content that the author posts makes this a phenomenal learning system.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 10
japanese, years ago, learned, japanese from zero, zero book
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" ...  With these books, I’ve learned more in six months than I ever thought I would.  ...  "
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" ...  I've quit looking for other books now.  ...  "
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" ...  I have only had this book for 2 months and the amount of Japanese I already know is really impressive considering.  ...  "
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" ...  I’ve been studying Japanese for several years and have been to Japan a few times.  ...  "
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" ...  1 and it just - worked!  ...  "
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" ...  I found this out several years ago when I became friends with a lady from Japan. ... My Japanese has improved more in two years with this course than it did over the 25 years prior.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been self-studying Japanese for about two years now.  ...  "
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" ...  I've learned so much within the first couple pages.  ...  "
Build Quality
 8
considering, book, taught, easy to follow, dent
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" ...  This book made me feel like I built a foundation of the language and once I had that, new concepts were much easier to add on from there.  ...  "
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" ...  It is very easy to follow and going through the material doesn't seem like a grind.  ...  "
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" ...  Even for people just beyond the basics can utilize it as it can be great to review this material.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a unique and very clever way of introducing new material.  ...  "
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" ...  5 gold stars!  ...  "
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" ...  It could use a more lay flat binding.  ...  "
Software Platform
 7
hiragana, book, japanese, memrise, learning
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" ...  Love you and hope you have more updates and video for us :)  ...  "
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" ...  I especially like how it begins to substitute Hiragana characters in the text as you learn each set.  ...  "
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" ...  Apps and flash cards work better for me, but this was a great introduction!  ...  "
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" ...  However, I would appreciate having extra examples or additional explanation of nuances like that you would find on the website / youtube version.  ...  "
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" ...  Just by skimming the pages, I can tell that this language is going to “stick”.  ...  "
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" ...  If you want to learn Hiragana/Katakana, there are tons of free apps and even some relatively cheap apps (I highly recommend the Dr. Moku series).  ...  "
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" ...  I highly recommend getting a hard copy though since their site is comprised according to Google so you can't make an account without risk.  ...  "
Design
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like, style, look, cute, fun
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" ...  I must admit the number one thing I like about this book is the Cute Anime girl on the cover.  ...  "
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" ...  I especially like the art style.  ...  "
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" ...  It looks like they nearly crush each other in there.  ...  "
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" ...  It's kinda fun and has the manga look.  ...  "
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" ...  Yukari Takenaka does the illustrations which are really cute and useful as vocabulary reinforcement.  ...  "
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" ...  I can't wait to finish this so I can get the next one!  ...  "
Comfort
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felt, way, learning, language, japan
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" ...  I had been trying to lean Japanese for a bit on my own but never felt I had a confident grasp on it as a whole.  ...  "
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" ...  Japanese from Zero Book 1 is easy to understand, and it is broken down in a way where I actually felt comfortable learning Japanese.  ...  "
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" ...  to being comfortable enough to converse with teens in Japan.  ...  "
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" ...  They have put thought into sounding natural and casual (for the right instances).  ...  "
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" ...  Easy clear to understand but doesn't hold your hand all the way through.  ...  "
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" ...  The "progressive" teaching really makes me feel like I'm learning and encourages me to keep it up.  ...  "
Overall performance
 6
book, speed, moves, goes, learn
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" ...  It helped me learn my hiragana fast and easy by repeatedly inputting it in the text nice and slow.  ...  "
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" ...  Neutral: Despite me explaining why the speed works for me, it may not work for everyone.  ...  "
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" ...  I still recommend this book if you want to learn fast.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 5
japanese, book, speaking, romaji, native
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" ...  If want to sound more formal ... But it sounds correct if you  ...  "
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" ...  George has made the process of reading and writing hiragana simple by introducing just a few sounds at a time and using them alongside romaji.  ...  "
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" ...  I could say real sentences that were conversationally correct and didn't make me sound like I was a foreign learner.  ...  "
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" ...  The truth is, listening and speaking is a skill that has to be developed over time.  ...  "
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" ...  However, I would recommend finding a reliable listening source(I use the application LingQ), and a kanji course such as Kodansha(I personally use), Hesig, or WaniKani along with this book.  ...  "
Pedometer
 5
learn, japanese, goes, book, teaches
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" ...  This is a great first step into Japanese.  ...  "
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" ...  JFZ 1 is a refreshingly manageable and even entertaining book that leads the learner by small steps to a good knowledge of the language and culture.  ...  "
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" ...  The book goes step by step with not rushing you to learn quickly it motivates you to go at your own pace.  ...  "
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" ...  It's easy to understand and it goes step by step on how to learn , pronounce, and write in japanese.  ...  "
Call quality
 5
speak, japanese, basic conversation, understood, sentences
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" ...  I lived in Okinawa for two years when I was in the military 15 years ago and was able to have a basic conversation.  ...  "
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" ...  I have learned so much and can hold a very basic conversation with people from Japan from this book alone.  ...  "
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" ...  It even has exercises that require a partner (which most people just do alone from what I hear).  ...  "
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" ...  Being able to speak in complete sentences instead of memorizing lists of words, but still feeling like I can't SPEAK because I know the word for window but I can't tell you to look out the window after two years kind of made me want to jump out the window.  ...  "
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" ...  Now I can speak with people in hello talk from Japan!!!  ...  "
For Travel
 4
japanese, planning, learning, japan, book
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" ...  Fast forward a few years to me and my husband planning a trip to Japan.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm planning to also supplement with a live class starting next month prior to a trip to japan but this is a great way to self study and I recommend to everyone starting from scratch!  ...  "
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" ...  I am learning basic Japanese for a trip to Japan.  ...  "
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" ...  Our daughter and I are having a great time learning Japanese for our future trip to Japan.  ...  "
Gaming
 3
games, site, online, help
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" ...  There's even games on the site you can do with the lessons.  ...  "
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" ...  The videos and games you can watch and play online help reinforce what you learn in the book.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm using this in addition to a Steam video game called "Learn Japanese To Survive - Hiragana Battle" for any sprite gamers out there.  ...  "
Price
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price, well, money, expensive, book
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" ...  It's definitely worth the money, especially when compared to Genki (which I have downloaded on a tablet) which is far more expensive but more confusing.  ...  "
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" ...  The printed book contains a “workbook” section that I feel is worth the price alone.  ...  "

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