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A handbook of common Japanese phrases
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Tokyo, Japan : Kodansha International, 2002
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PSZ JB 30000004703827 PL539 H36 2002 Open Access Book

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This guide offers an introduction to Japanese social rules and business etiquette and advice on using the appropriate phrase in any social or business situation. All phrases and variants are introduced in English first, then standard Japanese and finally the romanized Japanese equivalent. Words don't exist as independent units, to be inserted into grammatical slots by a speaker exercising absolute authority over their placement. Rather, they tend to come in neatly bound packages - in fixed phrases or entire sentences - ready to communicate an idea that

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SANSEIDO is a leading publisher of Japanese dictionaries and reference books.
The translator, JOHN BRENNAN, studied Japanese at the University of Chicago and at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he lived and worked for fifteen years. He now lives in Chicago.