If you think learning a foreign language must necessarily rhyme with tiresome work, the first volume of Japanese with Ease is here to show you a different way.
The volume of 49 lessons is the first of the two-volume package: altogether there are 105 lessons in Japanese with Ease.
Providing you with Chinese characters and with Pinyin (the official transcription of Chinese characters), it will soon enable you to read and speak Mandarin Chinese.
Do you remember who you learnt to speak as a child?
Your learning of Chinese will be based on the same mechanisms, in two different phases:
- the passive phase where you simply listen and repeat, throughout the two volumes;
- the active phase starting with the second volume, when you will begin to create your own sentences.
In volume 1 of Chinese with Ease, the lively dialogues taken from everyday events in China will not only immerse you in Chinese culture, but will also familiarize you with modern Chinese vocabulary, phrases and sentences. You will only need half an hour of study each day.
In Japanese, you won’t have the same difficulties for pronunciation as in Chinese. Most Japanese sounds are a little shorter than they would be in English, so as if the vowels were clipped short.
The Japanese often say that when speaking English they to pretend they’re chewing on a mouthful of butter to make all the mushy sounds we have. Vice versa, then, as a matter of reverse logic, speaking Japanese requires us to enunciate and to pronounce vowels a little shorter.
Throughout the first 35 lessons, we will use both the standard romanization, also called Romaji.
Regularity and motivation are the keys to your success!
Want to learn to write Chinese as well? Writing Japanese with Ease is the book for you, explaining how to write the characters stroke-by-stroke.
The active phase of your study begins with this second volume of Japanese with Ease.
The 56 lessons will allow you to improve your Mandarin Chinese. You will not only widen your knowledge of the language but you will also be able to evaluate your progress, as you become increasingly able to make the best use of what you have learned.
Be confident and enjoy learning Chinese with the lively dialogues from day-to-day Chinese life.
As you were told in the first volume, when you have completed your study of Japanese with Ease, you will have reached a good level of Chinese, and command a wide vocabulary for use in all sorts of practical and useful phrases.
You will be in possession of the basic tools of Chinese, as summarized in the appendices at the end of the book. They will be a useful reference if you wish to pursue your learning and discovery of this beautiful language.
If you would like to learn how to write Chinese characters as well, Writing Japanese with Ease is available to help you. It gives a stroke-by-stroke explanation of all the characters introduced in the 105 lessons of Chinese with Ease.