Japanese has become increasingly popular as a language to learn in recent years, and a growing awareness of Japan has been created through industry, television, newspaper articles, Japanese events and exhibitions. ‘Teach Yourself Beginner’s Japanese’ is the right course for you if you really want to learn Japanese but are daunted by the prospect of complicated grammar, classes and coursebooks. This book starts right from the beginning and explains everything in simple English. There are hints throughout to make learning easy and you can learn at your own pace with plenty of practice of each new point. It is a friendly introduction to the language which will help you to understand and speak Japanese sufficiently well to function effectively in basic everyday situations, both business and social. The course will also offer you an insight into Japanese culture and there is even an opportunity for you to learn some of the basics of reading Japanese if you want to.