This is a concise and effective Japanese phrase book and study guide with color picture and accompanying exercises for each section.This book has several exercises for each lesson. And, to get acquainted with Japanese culture, the student may enjoy the photos which the author has provided as a visual aid. Complicated grammatical explanations are omitted, since detailed explanations sometimes discourage people from actually speaking. Only the essential points in pronunciation and grammar are given, and the Japanese phrases and sentences are repeated presented in each lesson, so that the student can easily learn the phrases and practice using them without hesitancy or discouragement. Key features of Practical Japanese are:Over 350 essential Japanese words and 96 pages of practical conversational usage25 carefully structured lessons to reinforce Japanese vocabulary and Japanese grammarAccompanying practice exercises for every lessonAll words and phrases are shown in written Japanese—Kanji and Kana (Hiragana and Katakana), Romanized Japanese (Romanji), and EnglishOver 200 simple illustrationsA concise pronunciation guideBusinesspeople and tourists as well as the student or prospective foreign resident in Japan, young or old will find this Japanese phrasebook a helpful and enjoyable tool in speaking Japanese for the first time.