Japanese

Japanese is spoken by c. 120 million people in Japan and some 2 million people outside Japan, mainly in Brazil, the USA and many other countries. There is no clear relationship to other languages (though some linguists consider it to be related to Korean, some think it belongs to the Altaic family). The southern dialects (e.g. in the Ryukyu Islands) have marked differences from the standard Japanese based on the dialect of Tokyo.


SCRIPT = kanji / hiragana / katakana / romaji (Roman script)

Courses

Basic
Breakthrough Japanese : 20 mini lessons for better conversation JAP CBEG 8
Colloquial Japanese : the complete course for beginners JAP CBEG 1(PACK)
Complete Japanese JAP CBEG 2
Essential Japanese JAP CBEG 18(PACK)
Fast-track Japanese JAP CBEG 19(PACK)
Genki : an integrated course in elementary Japanese. 1 JAP CBEG 6(PACK)
Genki : an integrated course in elementary Japanese. 1 (NEW EDITION) JAP CBEG 6(PACKs 1-5)
Get by in Japanese (2008) JAP CBEG 4(PACK)[†]
Hiragana Kantan JAP CBEG 15(PACK)
Japanese for busy people 1 : revised. 3rd edition JAP CBEG 9(PACK)
Japanese for busy people : 1 : The workbook for the revised 3rd edition JAP CBEG 9a(PACK)
Japanese for busy people : 1 : Kana version :3rd ed. JAP CBEG 10(PACK)
Japanese for busy people : Kana workbook for the revised 3rd edition JAP CBEG 10a(PACK)
Japanese from zero! 1 JAP CBEG 11
Japanese in MangaLand 1 : learning the basics JAP CBEG 5(PACK)
Japanese : language and people - new ed. JAP CBEG 17(PACK); JAP CBEG 17(CD PACK)
Katakana Kantan JAP CBEG 14
Learn Japanese the fast and fun way – 3rd ed. JAP CBEG 20(PACK)
Nihongo Kantan JAP CBEG 13(PACK)
Speak Japanese with confidence JAP CBEG 16(PACK)
Take off in Japanese JAP CBEG 3(PACK)
Talk Japanese JAP CBEG 7(PACK) [†]
Intermediate
Authentic Japanese : progressing from intermediate to advanced JAP CINT 9(PACK)
Authentic Japanese : progressing from intermediate to advanced : Workbook JAP CINT 9(PACK)
Genki : an integrated course in elementary Japanese. 2 JAP CINT 5(PACK)
Intermediate Japanese JAP CINT 8(PACK)
Japanese for busy people III JAP CINT 7(PACK)
Japanese for busy people III : the workbook JAP CINT 7a(PACK)
Japanese from zero! 2 JAP CINT 3
Japanese from zero! 3 JAP CINT 4
Japanese in MangaLand 2 : basic to intermediate level JAP CINT 1
Japanese in MangaLand 3 : intermediate level JAP CINT 2
Advanced
Advanced Japanese JAP CADV 1(PACK)
Aozora JAP CADV 3
Tobira gateway to advanced Japanese : learning through content and multimedia JAP CADV 2

Dictionaries

Basic dictionary of fashion business/industry terms JAP DICO 15
Basic Japanese-English dictionary JAP DICO 3
Basic Japanese-English dictionary (Kiso Nihongo gakushu jiten) JAP DICO 3a
Japanese Names : A comprehensive index by characters and readings JAP DICO 7
Japan: an illustrated encyclopedia JAP DICO 2
Kenkyusha's furigana English-Japanese dictionary JAP DICO 17
The Kodansha kanji learner's dictionary JAP DICO 5
Kodansha's furigana English-Japanese dictionary JAP DICO 18
Kodansha's romanized Japanese-English dictionary JAP DICO 4
The New Nelson : Japanese-English character Dictionary JAP DICO 6
The Oxford starter Japanese dictionary JAP DICO 1
Pictorial Japanese & English Dictionary JAP DICO 2
Sanseido's concise dictionary of Katakana words JAP DICO 11
Wild flowers of Japan JAP DICO 9; JAP DICO 9a

Documentaries

Arena : Kurosawa [1] JAP DOCU 2:1(DVD)
Arena : Kurosawa [2] JAP DOCU 2:2(DVD)
Fish ! a Japanese obsession JAP DOCU 7(DVD)
Geisha girl JAP DOCU 3(DVD)
In search of wabi sabi with Marcel Theroux JAP DOCU 9(DVD)
In the shadow of Fujisan : See no evil JAP DOCU 8:1(DVD)
In the shadow of Fujisan : the bird of happiness JAP DOCU 8:2(DVD)
In the shadow of Fujisan : long live the turtle JAP DOCU 8:3(DVD)
I, samurai JAP DOCU 4(DVD)
Isao Takahata and his tale of the Princess Kaguya JAP DOCU 13(DVD)*
Japan : a story of love and hate JAP DOCU 5(DVD)
Japan, earth's enchanted islands : Honshu JAP DOCU 10(DVD)
Japan, earth's enchanted islands : Southwest islands JAP DOCU 11(DVD)
Japan, earth's enchanted islands : Hokkaido JAP DOCU 12(DVD)
Japan in colour : the wonderful world of Albert Kahn JAP DOCU 6(DVD)
Mishima : a life in four chapters JAP DOCU 1(DVD)

Encyclopedias

The Cambridge encyclopedia of Japan JAP REF 1 Open access
Encyclopedia of contemporary Japanese culture JAP REF 4 Open access
Illustrated: a look into Toky0 JAP REF 6 Open access

Examination Practice

[Jitsuryoku appu! Nihongo noryoku shiken. N5, Yomu : moji goi bunpo] = Preparatory course for the Japanese language proficiency test JAP EXAM 20(PACK)
Japanese-language proficiency test: N4 (2012) JAP EXAM 22(PACK)
Japanese-language proficiency test: N5 (2012) JAP EXAM 21(PACK)
The 2009 Japanese language proficiency test [21/1] : level 1 and 2 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 12(PACK)
The 2009 Japanese language proficiency test [21/2] : level 1 and 2 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 13(PACK)
The 2009 Japanese language proficiency test [21/2] : level 3 and 4 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 14(PACK)
The 2008 Japanese language proficiency test : level 1 and 2 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 10(PACK)
The 2008 Japanese language proficiency test : level 3 and 4 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 11(PACK)
The 2007 Japanese language proficiency test : level 1 and 2 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 8(PACK)
The 2007 Japanese language proficiency test : level 3 and 4 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 9(PACK)
The 2006 Japanese language proficiency test : level 1 and 2 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 6(PACK)
The 2006 Japanese language proficiency test : level 3 and 4 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 7(PACK)
The 2005 Japanese language proficiency test : level 3 and 4 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 5(PACK)
The 2005 Japanese language proficiency test : level 1 and 2 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 4(PACK)
The 2004 Japanese language proficiency test : level 1 and 2 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 3(PACK)
The 2003 Japanese language proficiency test : level 1 and 2 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 1(PACK)
The 2002 Japanese language proficiency test : level 3 and 4 ; Questions and correct answers JAP EXAM 2(PACK)
Japanese language proficiency test level 2 kanji JAP EXAM 15(PACK)
JLPT Grammar N4 JAP EXAM 24
Kirari Nihongo : N4 : Vocabulary JAP EXAM 23(PACK)
Official guide book for Japanese language proficiency test: levels N4,N5 JAP EXAM 16(PACK)
The preparatory course for the Japanese language proficiency test : N4 JAP EXAM 25

Films

3-4x jugatsu (Boiling point) JAP FILM 9(DVD)
Adrift in Tokyo JAP FILM 58(DVD)*
Akahige (Red beard) JAP FILM 17(DVD)*
All about Lily Chou-Chou JAP FILM 31(DVD)*
Akira JAP FILM 3(DVD)
Bright future JAP FILM 34(DVD)*
The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei : Kariosutoro no shiro) JAP FILM 23(DVD)*
Departures JAP FILM 49(DVD)*
The face of another JAP FILM 32(DVD)*
Floating weeds JAP FILM 37:1(DVD)*
The end of summer JAP FILM 37:2(DVD)*
Kikujiro JAP FILM 61(DVD)*
The life of O-Haru JAP FILM 37:3(DVD)*
Like father, like son JAP FILM 62(DVD)*
The lady of Musashino JAP FILM 37:4(DVD)*
From up on poppy hill JAP FILM 54:1-2(DVD)*
Hachigatsu no kyoshikyoku (Rhapsody in August) JAP FILM <8(DVD)/td>
Hadaka no shima (The naked island) JAP FILM 52(DVD)*
Hana-bi (Fireworks) JAP FILM 13(DVD)
Honneamise no tsubasa (Wings of Honneamise) JAP FILM 11(DVD)
Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Dark water) JAP FILM 24(DVD)*
Ikiru (To live) JAP FILM 18(DVD)*
I live in fear JAP FILM 36(DVD)*
Instant swamp JAP FILM 59(DVD)*
I wish JAP FILM 56(DVD)*
Kagemusha (Shadow warrior) JAP FILM 7(DVD)
Kamikaze Girls JAP FILM 44(DVD)
Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaä) JAP FILM 20:1-2(DVD)*
Kuroi ame (Black rain) JAP FILM 1(DVD)
Kurosawa samurai collection JAP FILM 53:1-5(DVD)*
Madadayo JAP FILM 51(DVD)*
Memoirs of a Geisha JAP FILM 45(DVD)
Memories of Matsuko (Kamikaze Girls) JAP FILM 43(DVD)
Metropolis JAP FILM 48(DVD)
Mimi w sumaseba (Whisper of the heart) JAP FILM 29(DVD)*
Minbo no onna (The anti-extortion woman) JAP FILM 10(DVD)
Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke) JAP FILM 26(DVD)*
Neko no ongaeshi (The cat returns) JAP FILM 28(DVD)*
Nobody knows JAP FILM 47(DVD)
Onibaba (The demon) JAP FILM 14(DVD)
Ososhiki (Death Japanese style) JAP FILM 2(DVD)
Our little sister JAP FILM 64(DVD)*
Ozu : Volume one: the Noriko trilogy JAP FILM 38:1-3(DVD)*
Ozu : Volume two: 'Record of a tenement gentleman' and 'Flavour of green tea over rice'. JAP FILM 39:1-2(DVD)*
Ozu : Volume three: 'Tokyo twilight', 'Equinox flower' and 'Good morning' JAP FILM 40:1-3(DVD)*
Ozu : Volume four: 'Late autumn' and 'An autumn afternoon' JAP FILM 41:1-2(DVD)*
PatLabor (The mobile police) JAP FILM 4(DVD)
The pillow book JAP FILM 12(DVD)
Porco rosso JAP FILM 50(DVD)
Rashomon (In the woods) JAP FILM 6(DVD)
Ringu (Ring) JAP FILM 25(DVD)*
Roujin Z JAP FILM 5(DVD)
Saikaku ichidai onna (Diary of Oharu) JAP FILM 19(DVD)*
Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjuro) JAP FILM 16(DVD)*
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Miyazaki's Spirited away) JAP FILM 21:1-2(DVD)*
A silent voice JAP FILM 70(DVD)*
Still walking JAP FILM 55(DVD)*
Spirited away JAP FILM 57(DVD)*
Sweet bean JAP FILM 65(DVD)*
Tales from Earthsea JAP FILM 30:1-2(DVD)*
The tale of the Princess Kaguya JAP FILM 67:1-2(DVD)*
Tasogare Seibei (The Twilight Samurai) JAP FILM 46(DVD)
Tonari no Totoro (My neighbour Totoro) JAP FILM 27(DVD)*
Tony Takitani JAP FILM 35(DVD)*
Turtles are surprisingly fast swimmers JAP FILM 60(DVD)*
Wandâfuru raifu (After life) JAP FILM 32(DVD)*
The wind rises JAP FILM 66(DVD)*
Wolf children JAP FILM 68:1-2(DVD)*
Yoidore tenshi (Drunken angel) JAP FILM 22(DVD)*
Your name JAP FILM 69(DVD)*
Zatôichi JAP FILM 42(DVD)

Grammar

Basic connections : making your Japanese flow JAP GRAM 8
Crash course in Japanese grammar : 20 most basic points JAP GRAM 7
A dictionary of basic Japanese grammar JAP GRAM 5
A dictionary of intermediate Japanese grammar JAP GRAM 6
English Grammar for students of Japanese JAP GRAM 1
How to tell the difference between Japanese particles: comparisons and exercises JAP GRAM 9
An introduction to modern Japanese: book 1 : grammar lessons JAP GRAM 2a
An introduction to modern Japanese: book 2 : exercises and word lists JAP GRAM 2b
Japanese : a comprehensive grammar JAP GRAM 4
Japanese demystified JAP GRAM 10 (PACK)
Oxford Japanese grammar and verbs JAP GRAM 3

Listening

Living Japanese : diversity in language and lifestyles : with online media JAP LSKILLS 1 Open access

Pronunciation & Vocabulary

Pronunciation
The sounds of Japanese JAP PRON 1(PACK)
Vocabulary building
Easy Japanese crossword puzzles : using Kana JAP VOCAB 18
How to sound intelligent in Japanese : a vocabulary builder JAP VOCAB 19
Japanese vocabulary JAP VOCAB 17
Vocabulary
Effective Japanese usage guide : a concise explanation of frequently confused words and phrases JAP VOCAB 12
Expressing oneself in Japanese (Nihongo notes 2) JAP VOCAB 2
Now you can be a Japan expert : Dictionary of Japanese slang JAP VOCAB 13
Japanese vocabulary book JAP VOCAB 20
Practical Japanese workbooks 1 : Onomatopeia: Elementary/Intermediate JAP VOCAB 16
Practical Japanese workbooks 3 : Adverbs: Elementary/Intermediate JAP VOCAB 15
Practical Japanese workbooks 7 : Idioms: Elementary/Intermediate JAP VOCAB 14
Situational Japanese 1 (Nihongo notes 6) JAP VOCAB 6
Situational Japanese 2 (Nihongo notes 7) JAP VOCAB 7
Situational Japanese 3 (Nihongo notes 8) JAP VOCAB 8
Situational Japanese 4 (Nihongo notes 9) JAP VOCAB 9
Situational Japanese 5 (Nihongo notes 10) JAP VOCAB 10
Speaking and living in Japan (Nihongo notes 1) JAP VOCAB 1
Speak Japanese with confidence JAP CBEG 16(PACK)
Studying Japanese in context (Nihongo notes 5) JAP VOCAB 5
Understanding Japanese usage (Nihongo notes 3) JAP VOCAB 3
Understanding communication in Japanese (Nihongo notes 4) JAP VOCAB 4
Using Japanese : a guide to contemporary usage JAP VOCAB 11

Reading

Reading: Factual
100 Japanese you should know JAP RFACT 1
Reading: Fiction
The adventure of Momotaro, the Peach Boy JAP RFICT 2
Bokkochan JAP RFICT 9
Breaking into Japanese literature : seven modern classics in parallel text JAP RFICT 6
Hikoichi : Japanese reader collection volume 1 JAP RFICT 10
The Inch-High Samuari JAP RFICT 3
Kintaro, the Nature Boy JAP RFICT 5
The Moon Princess JAP RFICT 1
New penguin parallel text : short stories in Japanese JAP RFICT 8
[Sura-sura] : a text for intermediate Japanese JAP RFICT 7
Urashima and the Kingdom beneath the sea JAP RFICT 4
Where hummingbirds come from : bilingual Japanese - English JAP RFICT 11
Reading: Miscellaneous
Reading Japanese financial newspapers JAP BUSI 3
Reading: Skills development
Minna no Nihongo shokyu. II, Shokyu de yomeru topikku 25 JAP RSKILLS 1(PACK)
Moons, Months and Seasons JAP RSKILLS 2

Reference

The Cambridge encyclopedia of Japan JAP REF 1
Encyclopedia of contemporary Japanese culture JAP REF 4
Japan: an illustrated encyclopedia JAP REF 2
A look into Tokyo JAP REF 6
A look into Japan JAP REF 7
Ukiyo-e : an introduction to Japanese woodblock prints JAP REF 3

Specific Purposes

Business
Business Japanese : over 1,700 essential business terms in Japanese JAP BUSI 1
Bijinesu Nihongo = Business Japanese JAP BUSI 2
Reading Japanese financial newspapers JAP BUSI 3
Writing business letters in Japanese JAP BUSI 4
Cinema
Word and image in Japanese cinema JAP CINE 1
Law
Japanese law JAP LAW 1
Law terminology JAP LAW 2
Medicine
Japanese for Healthcare Professionals : An introduction to Medical Japanese JAP MED 1

Writing skills

Japanese Kanji and Kana : a complete guide to the Japanese writing system JAP WSKILLS 14