Real Japanese Part 2

An Introductory Guide to the Language and Culture of Japan
Narrated by: Max Whittle
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In contrast to formal Japanese text books, Real Japanese is an easy-to-follow collection of short stories about Japan, blended with useful phrases and language learning tips.

If you are a casual learner or planning on travelling to Japan for a trip, this book will help you break down the language and culture into the real and everyday essentials.

This audiobook gives an opportunity to hear all the phrases spoken by a native Japanese speaker, and provides pauses for you to repeat them yourself. 

Use this guide to build your understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture while picking up usable key phrases that will open doors and deepen your experience of Japan. The author’s stories bring Japan and its culture to life, providing insights which allow the reader to understand the sometimes bewildering and impenetrable ways of Japanese culture. 

©2017 Max Whittle (P)2018 Max Whittle

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Good content, bad narration Part 2

As a book, I'm sure this would've been a good read. The content is good and the approach to learning Japanese is a little bit different than traditional methods, and I found it helpful. As an audiobook, I found it difficult to listen to. The narrator is not a professional narrator but the author himself, who mumbles at times, speaks too softly at times, breathes loudly at times. It's distracting and I can only take so much of it. I'll get the eBook if there is one and ditch this audiobook.

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  • 09-17-18

Worthwhile beginning learners

I wish the author had used a voice coach prior to recording this book. He has a likeable voice and is easily to listen to but it’s clear he’s straining at times. He could be better than half the voice actors in audible with a little help!

The book has just the right amount of learning mixed with anecdotes about the author’s life in Japan. The first part was a little basic for me but I’ve picked up a few things through this audiobook that I didn’t fully understand through other books and apps.

I do wish it was just one book and I also wish there was an accompanying PDF. I realise the written book is also available but I thought a couple of things would be better to see written, especially the longer dialogue toward the end of part two, but I don’t think it’s worth buying the book for at my level which is almost N4.

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