Review: Konnichiwa Nihongo

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I bought this book in Tokyo and always carried it in my bag. It’s a really useful one when traveling because it allows you to quickly look up useful sentences for different situations. Let’s just call these “core” sentences because they are a little like the ones iKnow is using. Everything in there is essential. If you would know Konnichiwa Nihongo by heart you would probably have no problems managing your daily activities in Japan. You learn the simple stuff with this book. How to order food, introduce yourself properly and explain your doctor where it itches. But learn is probably the wrong term. This is not the kind of book that you should work your way through but just pick up and search for the right page when you need it. I always carried it with me and it really was a great help to manage everyday tasks. Will definitely bring it on my next trip to Japan as well.

Konnichiwa Nihongo is published by the Japan Times, the same publisher who is responsible for Genki and the dictionaries of Japanese grammar. What they do is always more than solid. The layout is nice, the cover is and the print as well. What they release is always pure quality. Nearly forgot about the splendid looking Nihongo Notes. Really, what they do is always well thought out and executed.

If you’re planning your trip to Japan it’s a nice little book to have. It’s also quite interesting for Japanese beginners just to read at home from time to time. Maybe you were wondering how to exactly order food or handle a certain situation in Japanese? Just peek inside Konnichiwa Nihongo and have your answer. When I started learning Japanese even expressing the most basic stuff was still very difficult for me. I was never quite sure if you could say it “this way” in Japanese. Maybe you know this feeling. Back then I really was really in need for a book like this but even today when my Japanese got a little better it’s still nice to validate yourself.

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Neat little book with some essential sentences and lovely drawings. If you don't speak Japanese or are a beginner this is a nice one to have on your trip to Japan.

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  • Ryan

    Another great review. I bought this while I was living in Japan a couple of years ago. This book was extremely handy when I was travelling! I still go back to this book for a refresher every now and then.

    • JapaneseTease

      Thanks Ryan. Love that handy title as well. Always great to have when you’re traveling in Japan and even at home incredibly useful. Makes me think about these point and tell kind books… Need to get one of these as well.