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Basic Technical Japanese
Edward E. Daub, R. Byron Bird, and Nobuo Inoue

Technical Japanese

Grammar lessons and readings for scientists and engineers with no previous background in Japanese

Even if you have had no Japanese-language training, you can learn how to translate technical manuals, research publications, and reference works. Basic Technical Japanese takes you step-by-step, from an introduction to the Japanese writing system through a mastery of grammar and scientific vocabulary to reading actual texts in Japanese. You can use the book to study independently or in formal classes.

This book places special emphasis on the kanji (characters) that occur most often in technical writing. There are special chapters on the language of mathematics and chemistry, and vocabulary building and reading exercises in physics, chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. With extensive character charts and vocabulary lists, Basic Technical Japanese is entirely self-contained; no dictionaries or other reference works are needed.

“Well-structured and carefully written. [Basic Technical Japanese] provides the reader with thoughtful instruction on how to utilize the chapters to their full potential. . . . It contains copious materials, exercises, instructional information, and valuable teaching hints.”—Michio Tsutsui, Journal of Japanese Studies

Edward E. Daub is professor emeritus of engineering and professional development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. R. Byron Bird is professor emeritus of chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nobuo Inoue is professor of physical therapy at Tokyo Metropolitan University.

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Basic grammar lessons for scientists, engineers, and the curious alike!

December 2010

LC: 90-050082 PL
800 pp. 8 1/2 x 11

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ISBN 978-0-299-12734-3
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