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  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 1st Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese first grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $2.85
  • Moekana 2nd Edition   Learn Hiragana with Mirai-chan
    The Goodsmile Company teams up with Danny Choo and Culture Japan to bring you this series of moe moe flash cards to help you memorize your hiragana alphabet. Each of the cards features a hiragana character, a simple vocab word to help you remember it, and a kawaii illustration starring one or more of Culture Japan's adorable mascot characters - Mirai Suenaga, Haruka Suenaga, and Kanata Hoshikawa. What a great way to study Japanese! cat1a
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    $14.00
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Workbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This is the workbook complementing textbook I. Each lesson follows what has been learned in the corresponding lesson in the textbook, with written exercises to test comprehension of grammar and vocabulary (approximately 6-8 pages of material per lesson). A separate kanji section is included, with space to practice writing kanji (or make copies so you can practice more), and questions to test kanji knowledge with meanings and readings of the kanji. A perfect complement to the textbook and an excellent way to practice and test what has been learned. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 136 pages, card cover perfect bound. A supplemental CD-Rom w/ MP3 lessons (not available from previous edition) is also included to help you on your way to Japanese language proficiency. The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $20.00
  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 2nd Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese second grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $3.25
  • The First Japanese Textbook for Foreigners in English
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials, and now here's a new one: The First Japanese Textbook for Foreigners in English. The book is specifically geared towards self-study, with lessons in English which explain the Japanese grammar in English, which is good for keeping up with the lessons. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD, too, right inside the book.
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    $36.00
  • 12 Colors Start! First Copic illustration Official Guide Book
    Copic is a brand of marker pen from Japan by Too and their markers are the markers of choice for professional manga artists because of their superior line quality, precise tip sizes, and long lasting inkwells. This how-to-draw book will show you how to properly use these great marker pens like the professional manga artists in Japan. Start from scratch and work your way up to advance techniques, this book is perfect for beginners with lots of detailed photos and easy to follow instructions. 66 pages. The book recommends you have a 12 color set of Copic pens for coloring these illustrations.
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    $12.50
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn TEXTBOOK
    A great new book from the creators of the Genki textbook series! This book will introduce you to the first 512 kanji you will need to know to start your way onto Japanese fluency, in an easy to understand illustration and mnemonic learning style. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 244 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $24.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N5
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N5 test.
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    $8.50
  • How To Draw Manga -- Moe Character no Kakiwake (Seikaku, Kanjo Hyogen)
    "Moe" is the soul of the anime otaku these days, translatable as the warm feeling you get when contemplating your favorite super-cute anime character. This is a great book with tons of examples of how to start from a blank sheet of paper and end up with your own amazing anime girl! Covers both personality and a broad range of emotions as well as character design. Japanese language, but easy to read illustrations that are very clear. 176 pages.
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    $26.00
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Workbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition workbook, which accompanies the textbook and provides practice lessons for each chapter. Lessons include answering questions in Japanese, translating sentences and words used in that chapter, practicing kanji multiple times to get them down, practicing writing of polite (exalting and humble) Japanese and more. Comes with an MP3 CD of additional listening exercises for you to try too. 130 pages.
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    $20.00
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn  Workbook
    A very handy workbook for the new Genki Plus kanji study system. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 178 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $16.00
  • Happy Bridal Coloring Book
    Who says you're too old to enjoy a coloring book? The latest trend in Japan is coloring books for adults (called "nuri-e," pronounced "noo-REE-eh") -- books that you can sit down and color, much like the ones from our childhood, but with high-quality paper and much more complicated pictures to add color to. These coloring books are printed on high quality Kent paper, so you can use watercolors, watercolor pencils, markers, colored pencils, and use the finished works as decorations or postcards to send to friends. Kent paper is an excellent surface that holds ink well without getting damp, used also by mangaka for their comic work. This particular "nurie" is based on drawings of a beautiful bride done in shoujo manga style by veteran artist Maki Shinjou. A wonderful pastime enjoyed by many here in Japan. 32-pages.
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    $2.00
  • Kanji Wall Poster
    Presenting the White Rabbit Press Kanji Wall Poster, featuring all the kanji you need to know in one comprehensive and color-coordinated poster.The complete kanji poster includes: All the joyo kanjiEvery kanji you need to know for all four levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)All the characters' on and kun readings Plus, each character is numbered to coordinate with White Rabbit Press Kanji flashcards. The characters are conveniently color-coordinated by level so you can even use it to review for the JLPT.The White Rabbit Press Kanji Poster includes the 1926 kanji included on the JLPT's list, plus the remaining 19 joyo kanji not included on the JLPT, for a grand total of all 1945 kanji designated as official general use characters (joyo kanji) by the Japanese government. Dimensions: A0 ("A Zero") size in landscape format (84 x 119 cm / 33 x 47 in) and is shipped from Japan rolled in a tube. Great for any serious study of kanji! This is the Series 2 - 2010 Version.
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    $28.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N4
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N4 test.
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    $9.00
  • How to Draw Mens Character (Face and Body ver.)
    A great item we have here for you moe anime male characters lovers! This thick artbook is a moe male character design database. With 175 pages of design references and advice about everything from facial features, postures and musculature, you'll discover how to create handsome male characters in Japanese manga fashion. It is a very good resource for those who wants to draw manga, and will also help you choose the right outfits for your male characters. An highly recommended quality item.
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    $26.00
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Textbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Textbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition textbook, a complete approach to learning Japanese. Divided into ten chapters that continue where the last book left off, you get everything with this series: sample conversations, vocabulary, kanji, easy to understand explanation of grammar that's really outstanding. It comes with all the audio for the listening practice sections on an included MP3 CD-ROM. 380 pages.
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    $45.00
  • How to Draw the Panties
    We got an awesome new How to Draw book and this time you will learn how to draw the holy grail of anime and manga... panties! This book specifically shows you the right techniques on how to effectively draw panties from all angles, in different designs, and worn by different body types. You will learn everything there is to know how to draw panties from the simple white panty to the more advance and complicated ones with patterns/designs and frilly laces. This is a great book for those who want to draw ecchi manga or illustrations. 80 pages.
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    $25.00
  • Nihongo Koredake! 1   The Only Book You Need
    This is a great new Japanese textbook series called Nihongo Koredake (The Only Book You Need for Learning Japanese), which is a great place to start learning Japanese. Vol. 1 in Japanese, and features romaji (Romanized Japanese) for people who can't yet read the hiragana, katakana and kanji. Parts of the books also explain in Korean and Chinese, but not all. The book is organized into logical chapters, like around town, parts of the body, relationships, and the pictures make everything fun and easy to learn. The book includes a plastic shitajiki (pencil board) with Japanese language references. 96 pages.
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    $14.00
  • How to Draw Character's Feeling   Chara no Kimochi no Kakikata
    A how to draw manga book that teaches you how to draw various emotions or feelings of a character. Even those who can not read Japanese, this book's colorful and intuitive artwork and sketching demonstrations will teach you about the basics like shading and angles, to hints on how to express a character's emotion and effectively convey them in your illustration. A must have book for aspiring artists and a great item for fans of high quality manga artist books and artbook collectors! 192 pages.
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    $26.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N3
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N3 test.
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    $9.50
  • How to Draw Manga -- Moe Character (Gesture, Emotion)
    Amateur illustrators and beginners will love this thick 176 pages tutorial book that focuses on how to draw Moe Girls Characters, with tons of examples and advice. Focusing on how to draw a girl's gesture and emotion, this How to Draw book goes way further with dedicated sections on poses, movement, perspective, and expressions are very important details to know about and much more. Great if you want to learn how to draw your own Moe characters!
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    $26.00
  • Kana Practice Flashcards   White Rabbit
    Mastering the basics of the Japanese writing system is essential to success in learning the language. The two basic writing forms of Japanese are Hiragana and Katakana which are phonetic symbols and often referred to as kana as a group. Learning kana is not only important to be able to read and write the Japanese language, but it is also important in order to proceed to advance levels of study. White Rabbit Press' top-selling Japanese Kana Flashcards have helped thousands of Japanese language learners, in as many as 23 countries, master Japanese kanji, and now come to you in a basic Kana flash card set, specifically designed for the very beginner in mind. For just a few cents per card, the meticulously designed and researched cards save you countless hours by bringing together all the information you need to master Japanese kana in a convenient flashcard format to make study and drills as efficient as possible. Master hiragana and katakana with visual mnemonics, learn 450 basic Japanese vocabulary words, learn to write kana with stroke by stroke diagrams and more. Quality Construction Cards are poker-size, 3.5" x 2.5" (8.89 cm x 6.35 cm), printed on UV coated card stock with rounded-corners for increased durability. Box: Dimensions (in inches) 8.25 x 6 x 2.75 Weight: About 3 pounds.
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    $12.00
  • How to Draw Manga -- Bishoujo Character Design   Body Balance ver.
    A how to draw manga featuring bishoujo character designing that shows in depth explanations and demonstrations on not only how to draw amazing looking moe girls, but also on the basics about how the body moves and functions. Even those who can not read Japanese, this book's colorful and intuitive artwork and sketching demonstrations will teach you about the basics like the functions of muscles and how they change the appearance of head and torso, to hints on how to make more realistic body parts through a better understanding of joints, bones and skin and how they change for characters of different sizes, body types, and ages. 176 pages. A must have book for aspiring artists. A great item for fans of high quality artist pose books and photobook collectors!
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    $26.00
  • How to Draw Character Design and Illustration for Story
    For the aspiring artists, here is another "How to Draw" art book that teaches you essential information, and how to draw character designs. It has 160 pages that goes into great detail on the process of character designing, from concept to finished art work. It also contains knowledge on the various types of approach to character design for different purposes as well as some tips, and tricks.
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    $28.50
  • How to Draw Manga -- Moe Futari no Kakikata   Onnanoko ver.
    We got an awesome new How to Draw Manga and this time you will learn how to draw yuri couples. This book specifically shows you the right techniques on how to effectively draw 2 cute girls interacting with each other. You will learn everything there is to know from perspectives, poses, interactions, facial expressions, and more with tips and techniques from the professionals. This is a great book for those who want to draw yuri manga or illustrations. 176 pages. Grab one now. A great item for fans of high quality artist pose books and artbook collectors!
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    $26.00
  • How to Draw Manga -- Moe Character (Face, Body)
    Aspiring mangaka and beginners will love this thick 180 pages tutorial book that focuses on how to draw Moe Girls Characters, with tons of examples and advice. From face, big cute signature eyes from Moe chara design, body proportions and more, this How to Draw book goes way further with dedicated sections on poses, movement, wrinkles on clothes which are very important details to know about and much more. Great if you want to learn how to draw your own Moe characters!
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    $26.00
  • NieR:Automata World Guide
    Fans of NieR:Automata we got a brand new artbook for you. NieR:Automata World Guide is filled with pages of gorgeous concept art, character designs, rendered illustrations, in-depth characters and units profiles, detailed maps and much more! It has everything you need to know regarding the world of NieR:Automata. You can see the thought process that goes into building the world. Comes with 2 short stories to further enrich you with the lore of NieR. 192 pages, published by Square Enix.
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    $30.00
  • Nihongo Koredake! 2   The Only Book You Need
    This is a great new Japanese textbook series called Nihongo Koredake (The Only Book You Need for Learning Japanese), which is a great place to start learning Japanese. Vol. 2 expects that you've mastered basic reading, and foregoes the romaji (Romanized Japanese), which is actually better for your pronunciation and reading comprehension. The book is organized into logical chapters, with sample conversations, situations to study and more. The book includes a plastic shitajiki (pencil board) with Japanese language references. 96 pages.
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    $14.00
  • How to Draw Manga Super Deform Pose - Chibi Character ver.
    This is another great How to Draw book that helps you learn to "see" anatomy by studying different poses. This book specializes in teaching how to draw "SD" or "super deformed" style characters, known as deforme in Japanese for some reason. The book gives you more than 650 poses to study, both on the high quality printed pages and on the included CD-ROM.
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    $26.00
  • How to Draw Moe Lolita Fashion   Moe Lolita Fashion no Kakikata (From Body   Costume)
    It is well known that the best mangaka also have a great fashion sense. If you want to improve you Moe chara designs, you have to learn how to draw great outfits on your characters, this book does just that. 180 pages of tutorials, sketches, outline, step by step instructions and example of great lolita dresses and fashion for your Moe characters. Improve your Manga drawing skills and impress you friends with this awesome tutorial book. A great item for fans of high quality artist pose books and photobook collectors!
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    $26.00
  • Sexy Muscle Posing for Comic and Illustration
    Here's another amazing How to Draw book that shows you how to be a better artists, this time focusing on the drawing of men's bodies in various poses, especially their muscles. This is a great book that lets artists see men standing in many different poses, so you can learn how to improve your techniques as an artist. The photos are awesome in and of themselves, so you can use this as a photobook, too. Features a CD with photos in the book in easy to view digital form for reference. 112 pages.
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    $32.00
  • Kanji Practice Flashcards vol.1 version 2 - Level 4 & 3   White Rabbit
    A great new tool for anyone aspiring to study Japanese, this is a totally revised and updated set of high-quality laminated study cards that feature all the kanji you need to master for the Japanese Proficiency Test, levels 3 & 4, the first two levels that students of Japanese should attempt. A meticulously researched set of die-cut cards, you get 103 introductory and 181 intermediate cards. The double-sided flashcards each feature 6 kanji compound words for more than 1700 vocabulary words, all readings for each kanji, and a writing guide to allow to you learn to write each kanji in the correct stroke order. The cards are printed on 12 point Caroline card stock with rounded corners for increased durability, and cards for the different study levels are color coded -- dark green for level 4, dark blue for level 3. Importantly, all Japanese words are written in hiragana and katakana, without any romanized Japanese words -- the recommended way to master reading Japanese. The cards also come with a high-quality reference card for hiragana and katakana and an index. Comes with high-quality two-part box with plastic tray, that allows you to separate the sets of cards. This new set has been updated, with improved card designs and a thicker, baked-on UV finish for longer life, the addition of radicals on kanji cards, and other improvements. This is the third revised edition, by White Rabbit. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $35.00
  • How to Draw Manga   Bishoujo Character Design (Face, Body ver.)
    A how to draw manga featuring bishoujo character designing that shows in depth explanations and demonstrations on not only how to draw amazing looking moe girls, but also on the basics about how the face and body moves and functions. Even those who can not read Japanese, this book's colorful and intuitive artwork and sketching demonstrations will teach you about the basics like the functions of muscles and how they change the appearance of head and torso, to hints on how to make more realistic body parts through a better understanding of joints, bones and skin and how they change for characters of different sizes, body types, and ages. 176 pages. A must have book for aspiring artists. A great item for fans of high quality artist pose books and photobook collectors!
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    $26.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N2
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N2 test.
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    $9.50
  • JLPT N4, N5 Textbook with CD   Goukaku Dekiru Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken N4, 5
    Here's a great book to help anyone planning on taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken, JLPT), a textbook that will guide you through all the grammar, kanji, vocabulary and everything else you will need, including listening skills, thanks to the included 2-cD set that the book comes with. This is for levels N4 and N5 (the new JLPT levels 4 and 5), the easiest two levels in the test. Outstanding content, with 220+ pages of material to work through, all in Japanese so you won't be distracted with your native language. Answers to the test questions are provided too.
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    $35.00
  • More Making Out In Japanese
    The books in the Making Out series are fun and accessible guides to languages as they?re spoken on the street. These classic phrase books have been updated and expanded for use in informal situations such as bars, parties, or anywhere else one needs to know slang to survive! The books also now feature phrases written in their native script as well as in English, so the book can be shown to the person you are trying to communicate with. With transcritions revised for easier pronunciation and numerous notes on points of language use and culture, these helpful books will have you making out in no time! Publshed by Tuttle.
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    $7.95