Japanese for Busy People II

Revised 3rd Edition

  • The Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT)
Japanese for Busy People II

Size: 265×190 mm, 780 g
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
ISBN10: 1-56836-386-9
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-386-8
Release date: Jan. 1, 2008

List price: $29.00

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In the 22 years since its publication, Japanese for Busy People has won acclaim worldwide as an effective, easy-to-understand textbook, either for classroom use or for independent study. Now, in its first revision in more than a decade, the series has been redesigned, updated, and consolidated to meet the needs of today's students and businesspeople who want to learn natural, spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time.

This new edition of the classic second volume will enable learners to make an unprecedented smooth transition from mid-beginner-level to intermediate-level Japanese. Picking up where Japanese for Busy People I left off, the text goes beyond survival Japanese, turning to the basics of Japanese syntax. Topics covered include plain forms of verbs and adjectives; compound sentences; modifying, temporal ("when"), and conditional ("if") clauses; potential and volitional forms; and direct and indirect quotation. By the end of the book, learners will have acquired through a series of concise grammatical explanations and extensive speaking and listening exercises a command of Japanese that will enable them to carry on a variety of daily conversations.

Japanese for Busy People II: Revised 3rd Edition features:

  • A free CD containing 47 minutes of listening practice based on 94 dialogues introduced in the book
  • 160 kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese), with ample space to practice writing them
  • Over 350 illustrations to make the learning process both fun and effective
  • 17 reading tasks
  • Quizzes that allow learners to test their understanding
  • Usage, culture, and style notes

The Japanese for Busy People series has been prepared under the guidance of a working group of experienced language instructors who reviewed and tested the material in their classrooms.

Due to a technical problem, there were some minor errors in a recent reprinting of JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE II (text). Please click here to view the pages as they should appear.


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Volume 1

Volume 2
  • Revised 3rd Edition, Kana Version Text
    paperback, 328 pages, CD included
    ISBN-10: 1-56836-386-9 / ISBN-13: 978-1-56836-386-8
  • The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition
    paperback, 176 pages, CD included
    ISBN-10: 4-7700-3035-5 / ISBN-13: 978-4-7700-3035-1

Volume 3

Volume 2 & 3


About the Authors

THE ASSOCIATION FOR JAPANESE-LANGUAGE TEACHING (AJALT) was established to meet the practical needs of people who wish to communicate effectively in Japanese. In 1977 it was recognized as a nonprofit organization by Japan's Ministry of Education. In 1992 it was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize. AJALT maintains a website at www.ajalt.org .