Why 80/20 Japanese?

Japanese is easy – you just need to be taught the right way.

When I learnt Japanese, I did it the hard way – by memorizing sentence patterns, set phrases and random vocabulary. The problem was, I didn’t know how to put it all together.  I knew all these various bits and pieces, but didn’t understand why everything works the way it does.

I figured it out eventually, but there are so many things I wish someone had taught me. Japanese is actually incredibly logical, flexible and intuitive, but I wasted a lot of time feeling confused and frustrated because it didn’t make sense to my English-speaking brain.

That’s why I decided to write 80/20 Japanese. I want to save you from all the difficulties that I faced, and help you understand how the Japanese language really works.

So instead of spoon-feeding you situational expressions with limited application, 80/20 Japanese focuses on what really counts – the fundamentals. It teaches you how the language actually works, and helps you avoid the confusion that most Japanese learners face.

That’s the 20% that will get you 80% of the way to speaking fluent Japanese.

Features

Here's what you'll find inside 80/20 Japanese

How Japanese Works

A complete and easy-to-follow explanation of the basic structure that all Japanese sentences follow

Essential Building Blocks

Detailed lessons on all of the main building blocks that fit within basic Japanese sentence structure

Learn By Doing

Loads of examples and exercises to help you understand and consolidate each concept

Express Yourself Fully

Discover the simple yet powerful way to transform basic phrases into complex, highly-detailed sentences

Speak Like a Native

Over 40 common expressions that build on the fundamentals, so you always know what to say

Learning Strategies

Includes language learning strategies that ensure you get the most out of your efforts

Kana + Kanji Edition Coming Soon!

The existing version of 80/20 Japanese uses ‘romaji’, or latin script, for the Japanese words, phrases and sentences that appear throughout the book.

However, due to popular demand, a second version that uses hiragana, katakana and kanji is under development and planned for release in late September 2016.

The Kana + Kanji Edition is now available for pre-order

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What people are saying

Ryan Kelker, Japan

Ryan Kelker, Japan

I'm on chapter 4.5 and I'm enjoying it very much. At first glance, I was concerned because of the romaji. I couldn't have bought a better book.

Charlie Huang, NC, United States

I find your book to be well-organized, well-written, easy to read and very useful. I would without reservation recommend it to anyone who desires to learn the Japanese language. Kudos Richard!

Charlie Huang, NC, United States
Vania Cheong, Singapore

Vania Cheong, Singapore

I've always had problems with my grammar but your book does a clear explanation of them. So thank you very much!

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About the Author

Hi!  I'm Richard Webb.

Japan and the Japanese language have been a huge part of my life.  I first went to live in Japan when I was 15, and have since spent over 6 years living in the country.  I have a degree in Japanese, studied linguistics at a Japanese university, passed the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and worked for two Japanese companies where virtually all communication was in Japanese.

Learning to speak Japanese has been one of the best things I've ever done - it's opened many doors, and allowed me to have some amazing experiences.  I hope that this book helps you get as much out of Japan and Japanese culture as I have.

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