Mimimum Japanese

Minimum Japanese : English ver.

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A must-have portable conversation handbook for those of you visiting Japan, either for tourism or business. We have made drastic changes to our bestselling 7days 60minutes to create this new enriched version titled Minimum Japanese.

You can acquire more expressions with the same amount of time as the previous book. We also added QR codes so that you can listen to its pronunciation using your smartphones.

・3 extremely short basic sentence forms to convey your basic needs

・4 sentence forms to acquire information from your listener

・3 more sentence forms to solve your problems

・And last but not least, we look into ways of using adjectives and verbs to express your idea and to ask someone out for dinner.

The book is rich with useful information such as how to count numbers in Japanese, guide for pronouncing Japanese names and hints on English pronunciation used in Japan.

We also have an abundant vocabulary list of Japanese words for food and souvenirs which will be useful during your stay. Over 500 vocabularies have their own QR codes inside the book to help you with the pronunciation just by using your smartphone. Not only words such as “jidori (selfie) ” and “suihanki (rice cooker)” are there but Japanese pronunciation for words like “Instagram” will also be there for you to know how they are pronounced in Japanese.

Minimum Japanese is the ultimate studying method acquired by a long time pursuit of Japanese teachers, who have been teaching Japanese to short-term visitors, on how to acquire the most of Japanese conversation skills with the least amount of effort.

First, we take a look at 3 simple sentence forms. All sentences will use only one noun and short phrases such as “nantoka (please)”. In order to diversify this single expression, we added words such as “onegaishimasu (please)” and dekimasuka (can you?)”. In just 3 variations, you will be able to express your basic wish at hotels, restaurants and tourist sites. All phrases in the book are natural expressions which are used by native speakers. They are also in polite forms so you don’t need to worry about upsetting anyone.

 

We will also introduce you to other short sentence patterns and their 7 variations. Once you have learned this 10 or so phrases, all you need to do is to add nouns such as restroom, selfie, ramen (Japanese noodle) etc. Possible responses to your question will also be available in audio file formats.

Also in the revised version, Minimum Japanese, we look into several expressions using adjectives and verbs. This will enable you to express your opinion when you have eaten something or when you have seen a scenery or even ask someone out for dinner.

We believe that this book will give you all the necessary information whether you are  short-term visitor for tourism or business. If you can correctly understand all these expressions, you will be able to properly communicate with the Japanese people around you.

If you are interested in speaking Japanese, please use this book as your starting point. Once you have basic knowledge and would like to learn more, please try our entry level Japanese instruction book, Nihongo.


Authors

Kouta Aramaki 

BA in Japanese literature
I’m a freelance Japanese teacher and I’ve been teaching Japanese mainly in Tokyo since 1993.
I’ve also been making a website for Japanese learners, webjapanese.com since 1998.

Chie Tanaka

Working as a Japanese teacher since 2008.
Currently in charge of operation and publishing through the internet, while simultaneously teaching at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

Translator

Shoko Natori


1. Table of the Japanese syllabary

2. Table of the Japanese syllabary with Hiragana and katakana

3. Table of the Japanese syllabary with sounds

 あア
      a
 いイ
      i
 うウ
      u
 えエ
      e
 おオ
      o

 かカ
      ka
 きキ
      ki
 くク
      ku
 けケ
      ke
 こコ
      ko

 さサ
      sa
 しシ
      shi
 すス
      su
 せセ
      se
 そソ
      so

 たタ
      ta
 ちチ
      chi
 つツ
      tsu
 てテ
      te
 とト
      to

 なナ
      na
 にニ
      ni
 ぬヌ
      nu
 ねネ
      ne
 のノ
      no

 はハ
      ha
 ひヒ
      hi
 ふフ
      fu
 へヘ
      he
 ほホ
      ho

 まマ
      ma
 みミ
      mi
 むム
      mu
 めメ
      me
 もモ
      mo

 やヤ
      ya
 ゆユ
      yu
 よヨ
      yo

 らラ
      ra
 りリ
      ri
 るル
      ru
 れレ
      re
 ろロ
      ro

 わワ
      wa
 をヲ
      wo
 んン
      n

 がガ
      ga
 ぎギ
      gi
 ぐグ
      gu
 げゲ
      ge
 ごゴ
      go

 ざザ
      za
 じジ
      zi
 ずズ
      zu
 ぜゼ
      ze
 ぞゾ
      zo

 だダ
      da
 ぢヂ
      di
 づヅ
      du
 でデ
      de
 どド
      do

 ばバ
      ba
 びビ
      bi
 ぶブ
      bu
 べベ
      be
 ぼボ
      bo

 ぱパ
      pa
 ぴピ
      pi
 ぷプ
      pu
 ぺペ
      pe
 ぽポ
      po

きゃキャ
      kya
きゅキュ
      kyu
きょキョ
      kyo

ぎゃギャ
      gya
ぎゅギュ
      gyu
ぎょギョ
      gyo

しゃシャ
      sha
しゅシュ
      shu
しぇシェ
      she
しょショ
      sho

じゃジャ
      ja
じゅジュ
      ju
じょジョ
      jo

にゃニャ
      nya
にゅニュ
      nyu
にょニョ
      nyo

ひゃヒャ
      hya
ひゅヒュ
      hyu
ひょヒョ
      hyo

びゃビャ
      bya
びゅビュ
      byu
びょビョ
      byo

ぴゃピャ
      pya
ぴゅピュ
      pyu
ぴょピョ
      pyo

みゃミャ
      mya
みゅミュ
      myu
みょミョ
      myo

りゃリャ
      rya
りゅリュ
      ryu
りょリョ
      ryo


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👉 *Minimum Japanese Vocabulary List by categorical order has multilingual translations. > Japanese, English, Spaish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Indonesian language, Nepali, Simplified chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai, Myanmar; Burmese, Tagalog, Khmer; Cambodian, Mongolian, Hindi,
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