Study & Culture Books

Study & Culture Books

  • 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese
    13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese presents tested shortcuts for Japanese language acquisition. Identifying two groups of people who actively and effectively study Japanese to the point of fluency successful non-native learners and Japanese children Giles Murray has collected from both groups the most rewarding and universal techniques which can be put to immediate use by both beginner and advanced students of Japanese.This book is designed for people who have tried orthodox textbooks and failed, people who know a little Japanese but don't have the necessary time or motivation to make the transition to more serious textbooks, and people seeking to increase fluency using ability already acquired. It introduces new strategies for thinking, speaking and memorizing Japanese quickly, efficiently, and independently. Used in tandem with a mainstream textbook, these strategies will enable any student to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations, and to speak without hesitation in natural and fluent Japanese.With lively and entertaining commentaries, striking illustrations, two Japanese manga including a six-page extract from Osamu Tezuka's famous Blackjack series brain teasing puzzles, and genuinely useful example sentences, 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese offers a unique and exciting alternative to all students of Japanese. Featuring An original manga by Tezuka Osamu All new custom-written 16-page manga 3 mini-graphic novels Over 100 illustrations Dynamic quiz format Full glossaries. Published by Kodansha.
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    $22.00
  • 180 Common Expressions Used by Native Japanese Speakers in Regular Conversation
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials to help those who want to learn Japanese. Here is a new textbook for you to level up your Japanese. 180 Common Expressions Used by Native Japanse. The book will further improve your Japanese with frequently used expressions, along with explanations and similar expressions in English, which is good to deepen your understanding of the language. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD inside the book.
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    $25.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Four character idiom
    In Japanese, there are many phrases made up of four Chinese characters, which communicate interesting meanings and look aesthetically beautiful. Here's a calendar of "four letter Japanese words" (similar to the bizarre Japanese T-shirts J-List is famous for). A fun way to learn some Japanese if you've already got a base established. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Idiom Derived From Historical Events
    In Japanese, there are many phrases made up of four Chinese characters, which communicate interesting meanings and look aesthetically beautiful. Here's a calendar of "four letter Japanese words" (similar to the bizarre Japanese T-shirts J-List is famous for) taken from historical events. A fun way to learn some Japanese if you've already got a base established. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Japanese Common Sense
    Another interesting Japanese study calendar, great desktop presents useful Japanese phrases that are meant to increase your vocabulary and make your spoken and written Japanese more interesting. Plus it's just fun to learn these off the wall words. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • B's LOG Mar 2017
    The definitive magazine for all things fujoshi, B's Log is the first and best source of information for girl gamers and anyone who loves yaoi, BL, and otome games! In this issue: The new issue is filled with information on the newest girl centric anime and games, including Idolish Seven, Touken Ranbu, Utapuri, Idolish Seven, Vitamin Best XYZ, Link-a-Nation and more. The free omake stuff this month include a pull out artbook, a poster and more.
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    $10.00
  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 1st Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese first grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $2.85
  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 2nd Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese second grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $3.25
  • Bokutachi no Dagashi
    Take a trip down memory lane with this book featuring dagashi or cheap Japanese snacks. The book is divided into three sections including the history of dagashi and how the name was coined, an encyclopedia of all the long running dagashi snacks starting from the '50s up to the '70s and beyond, and last is the future of dagashi and where it's headed. Fans of the dagashi kashi anime will appreciate this book and even recognize some of the dagashi featured. 124 pages.
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    $18.50
  • Cat's Martial arts - Noraneko Ken
    What if cats could do martial arts? That's the question put by this great new photobook that became a sensation on Twitter, which features pictures of cats doing all the coolest karate, judo, and other movements. The photobook futures hundreds of pictures of cats and awesome fighting stances, ready to unleash a hadouken or two.
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    $19.50
  • Doraemon Bilingual Comic vol. 10
    Doraemon is possibly the most beloved character in all of manga and anime, the anime has been watched for generations and the manga loved by young and old alike. Here is a three volume set about the famous cat-shaped robot, republishing the first Doraemon comics from 1974, in a bilingual format, perfect for students of Japanese as well as fans of Doraemon. The original artwork is preserved in right-to-left format, with English written in the dialogue balloons and the Japanese written outside the panel. Sound effects have Japanese-English translation as well. These books are great for not only learning Japanese but make great reading, these comics are as funny today as they were 30 years ago and offer an interesting peek into Japanese culture. Volume 10 of the series is 160 pages, size is 4 3/4" x 7 1/4". (12 x 18.7 cm). Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $9.50
  • Doraemon Bilingual Comic vol. 4
    Doraemon is possibly the most beloved character in all of manga and anime, the anime has been watched for generations and the manga loved by young and old alike. Here is a three volume set about the famous cat-shaped robot, republishing the first Doraemon comics from 1974, in a bilingual format, perfect for students of Japanese as well as fans of Doraemon. The original artwork is preserved in right-to-left format, with English written in the dialogue balloons and the Japanese written outside the panel. Sound effects have Japanese-English translation as well. These books are great for not only learning Japanese but make great reading, these comics are as funny today as they were 30 years ago and offer an interesting peek into Japanese culture. Volume 4 of the series is 158 pages, size is 4 3/4" x 7 1/4". (12 x 18.7 cm).
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    $9.50
  • Doraemon Bilingual Comic vol. 5
    Doraemon is possibly the most beloved character in all of manga and anime, the anime has been watched for generations and the manga loved by young and old alike. Here is a three volume set about the famous cat-shaped robot, republishing the first Doraemon comics from 1974, in a bilingual format, perfect for students of Japanese as well as fans of Doraemon. The original artwork is preserved in right-to-left format, with English written in the dialogue balloons and the Japanese written outside the panel. Sound effects have Japanese-English translation as well. These books are great for not only learning Japanese but make great reading, these comics are as funny today as they were 30 years ago and offer an interesting peek into Japanese culture. Volume 5 of the series is 160 pages, size is 4 3/4" x 7 1/4". (12 x 18.7 cm).
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    $9.50
  • Doraemon Bilingual Comic vol. 8
    Doraemon is possibly the most beloved character in all of manga and anime, the anime has been watched for generations and the manga loved by young and old alike. Here is a three volume set about the famous cat-shaped robot, republishing the first Doraemon comics from 1974, in a bilingual format, perfect for students of Japanese as well as fans of Doraemon. The original artwork is preserved in right-to-left format, with English written in the dialogue balloons and the Japanese written outside the panel. Sound effects have Japanese-English translation as well. These books are great for not only learning Japanese but make great reading, these comics are as funny today as they were 30 years ago and offer an interesting peek into Japanese culture. Volume 8 of the series is 160 pages, size is 4 3/4" x 7 1/4". (12 x 18.7 cm). Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $9.50
  • Drinking Japan
    Japan is the home to one of the world's most diverse and exciting drinking cultures, offering all sorts of delicious tipples from the iconic sake and the increasingly popular shochu to some of the world's best whiskies. In Drinking Japan, author Chris Bunting gives a brief history of the most popular liquors in Japan, how they are made and which brands to drink and which to avoid. More than 120 of the country's best bars are featured in richly illustrated reviews, with menu tips, directions and language help.
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    $19.95
  • Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches To Go
    Everyday Bento Lunches to Go will teach you dozens of simple techniques anyone can master to make creative lunches for themselves and their families. The 50 bento meals in this book feature familiar foods that can be found in most grocery stores around the country, and the fun themes will appeal to children and adults alike. Follow the step-by-step instructions to recreate each bento box in your own kitchen, or pick and choose the versatile techniques from different parts of the book to make your own unique creations for a delicious every day treat.
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    $14.95
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Textbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Textbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition textbook, a complete approach to learning Japanese. Divided into ten chapters that continue where the last book left off, you get everything with this series: sample conversations, vocabulary, kanji, easy to understand explanation of grammar that's really outstanding. It comes with all the audio for the listening practice sections on an included MP3 CD-ROM. 380 pages.
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    $45.00
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Workbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition workbook, which accompanies the textbook and provides practice lessons for each chapter. Lessons include answering questions in Japanese, translating sentences and words used in that chapter, practicing kanji multiple times to get them down, practicing writing of polite (exalting and humble) Japanese and more. Comes with an MP3 CD of additional listening exercises for you to try too. 130 pages.
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    $20.00
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Workbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This is the workbook complementing textbook I. Each lesson follows what has been learned in the corresponding lesson in the textbook, with written exercises to test comprehension of grammar and vocabulary (approximately 6-8 pages of material per lesson). A separate kanji section is included, with space to practice writing kanji (or make copies so you can practice more), and questions to test kanji knowledge with meanings and readings of the kanji. A perfect complement to the textbook and an excellent way to practice and test what has been learned. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 136 pages, card cover perfect bound. A supplemental CD-Rom w/ MP3 lessons (not available from previous edition) is also included to help you on your way to Japanese language proficiency. The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $20.00
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn  Workbook
    A very handy workbook for the new Genki Plus kanji study system. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 178 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $16.00
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn TEXTBOOK
    A great new book from the creators of the Genki textbook series! This book will introduce you to the first 512 kanji you will need to know to start your way onto Japanese fluency, in an easy to understand illustration and mnemonic learning style. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 244 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $24.00
  • Ghost in the Shell 2 - Man Machine Interface Bilingual Manga
    A new edition and new translation of the sequel to the classic Ghost in the Shell manga, this is Man Machine Interface as you've never seen it before. Read along with the original Masamune Shirow text and brilliant action-packed manga imagery as he explores the ramifications of the cyberpunk genre first raised in the original GitS -- now with Japanese and English side by side so you can tackle some of the most challenging passages with ease. Presented in a sleek complete volume at B6 size and translated by Frederick Schodt, this is an essential addition to the complete collection of any Ghost in the Shell fan.
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    $30.00
  • Gude Neko -- Lazy Cat Collection
    You would be surprised at how cute these cats are, captured on film while doing what cats do best sleeping or lazing off. Enjoy adorable cat pictures with different types of breeds while sleeping or laying around with their smug faces. 80 pages of nothing but kawaii Japanese cats for you look at. The Japanese title consists of gude, meaning "lazy" and neko meaning "cat." Recommended for cat lovers.
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    $12.85
  • Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai
    Based on William Scott Wilson's definitive translation, adapted by scriptwriter and comic book/manga author Sean Wilson, and with lively drawings by well-known illustrator Chie Kutsuwada, this first-ever graphic treatment of what's considered the most influential of all samurai treatises is sure to delight manga fans, martial arts enthusiasts, and students of Japanese culture.Reminiscent of The Arabian Nights in structure, Hagakure is a collection of tales and anecdotes that offer instruction and insight into the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido - the Way of the Warrior. A young, upcoming samurai seeks the advice of an older, seasoned warrior who has become a Zen monk. The ambitious young samurai humbly begs to learn from the old master, who consents. So begins a series of eventful meetings.At each sitting. the master tells his young student tales of samurai past. Tales of famous warriors are recited, as well as ignoble gaffs. With brutal, unrelenting samurai justice, wrongs are righted and judgment is enacted. With each incident, the young novice learns what it means to be a samurai. Learns what courage and right thought are. Learns the harsh realities and subtle wisdom of his age.
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  • Hiragana Times Aug 2017 NO. 370
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #370 features an article about Kanji created by Japanese people, videos depicting local color are trending, Classical Japanese literature is wonderfully entertaining, discovering parallels with Japanese foods, plus an article about Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. It's great!
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    $6.00
  • Hiragana Times July 2017 NO. 369
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #369 features an article about the world's largest idol event in Tokyo, experience Sumo wrestling, get a feel for Japan's good old days at Kawaba Village, a system of understanding Kanji, slippers, plus strategies for learning Japanese. It's great!
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  • HIRAGANA Times Oct 2017
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #371 features an article about promoting the spirit of Ninja to the world, the future of the Japanese language and Yamato Kotoba, sightseeing spots still unknown to non-Japanese, a global campaign to promote appreciation of Sake, plus various Japanese study topics. It's great!
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  • Hiragana Times Sep 2017 NO. 371
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #371 features an article on a facility where you can experience VR, the beauty of "Wabi-Sabi" aesthetic, recreations of dishes from comics and animation, a group that combines Western and Japanese performance arts, plus various Japanese study topics. It's great!
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  • Intermediate KANJI BOOK vol.2
    For those learning intermediate Kanji, it could be quite difficult as there are so many characters that one might not know where to start. This book aims to teach you 1000 intermediate Kanji that are used in everyday life. It has everything you need to learn such as the On & Kun readings, order strokes, reading & writing exercises and more. After finishing this book, you will be able to read and write 1000 intermediate Kanji. A must have for those studying Japanese. This is volume 2. cat1a
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    $49.00
  • Japan Atlas   A Bilingual Guide
    This atlas, the only one of its kind to provide place-names in both English and Japanese, is an invaluable tool for foreign residents of Japan, and an indispensable, handy companion for travelers. The atlas features: 21 large-scale maps of the regions of Japan compiled using digital satellite images, including Greater Tokyo and the Kanto area, the Greater Osaka Area, and almost all of the officially registered Japanese cities, towns and villages. There have been major changes in recent years, following a government policy to have many cities, towns and villages merge. This atlas includes all the changes. 19 maps of major metropolitan areas, from Naha in Okinawa to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nagoya, Tsukuba, Sapporo, and many others. 7 maps featuring notable tourist and resort areas, including Fuji-Hakone-Izu, Nara, Kamakura, Nikko, etc.8 transportation maps, including road and intercity railway maps, Tokyo and Osaka subway and rail maps, and even major domestic airline routes. 7 thematic maps, indicating natural parks, world heritage, special historic spots, Ramsar convention entry areas, ceramic kiln areas, and more. You shouldn't visit Japan without it!
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  • JAPAN Bilingual Map
    Features a wall map of showing all of Japan, plus 8 insets and detailed maps of major districts, island groups, cities, and surrounding countries. A great quick reference to keep on the wall or carry on trips. There has been a drastic change in recent years, following a government policy to have many cities, towns and villages merge. This atlas includes all the changes.
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    $14.95
  • Japan's Cultural Code Words
    From a Western perspective, the Japanese have an incomprehensible Jekyll-and-Hyde persona-cure, quaint and seductive one moment and outright savage the next. The fastest way to understand the traditional Japanese mind-set is through their cultural code words - key terms pregnant with cultural meaning which reveal, define and even control, to some extent, the attitudes and behavior of the Japanese. These key terms encapsulate a system of behavior which often escapes a literal reading of the words or phrases, leaving non-Japanese none the wiser. In this book, experienced Japan had Boye Lafayette De Mente explains the current and historical nuances of 233 of the most important Japanese code words - arranged alphabetically from ageashi ("tripping on your own tongue") to zenrei ("breaking the molds of the past"). Together, these offer indispensable insights into the national character of one of the world's most intriguing societies.
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    $14.50
  • Japanese Honorific (Keigo) Training
    Speaking polite Japanese, called Keigo, can be a challenge because you don't always hear the correct Japanese spoken around you. On the other hand, formal and polite Japanese is extremely easy to understand, so studying it in a textbook like this is a good way to give yourself a general leg up. This new textbook mildly polite Japanese as well as true business Japanese. The book is all in Japanese, which is best for forcing you to read and understand in your target language, but there are short notes in English, Mandarin Chinese and Korean to help you out. Includes the audio CD with all lessons on it.
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    $34.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N2
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N2 test.
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    $9.50
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N3
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N3 test.
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    $9.50
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N4
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N4 test.
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    $9.00