A trip to Japan is fascinating. Its rich culture and ancient traditions are elegant and enchanting. Whether you’re on vacation or traveling on business, you’ll want the local language in your pocket and JAPANESE a language map® is the answer! This unique guide will cover all your language needs. There’s even a section for the essential Japanese signs you’ll see during your travels, making it easy to find your way around. With the Japanese language at your fingertips, you’ll be comfortable making reservations and dining out. Being polite by saying “please” (kudasai) and “hello” (konnichiwa) will be easy and fun. Light-weight and durable, take this Language Map® everywhere you roamfrom the bustling Ginza in Tokyo to the beautiful Snow Festival in Sapporo.
Hundreds of words and phrases you’ll need most
Divided into key categories such as Asking Questions, Dining Out, Meeting People, Shopping, Sightseeing, Transportation and much more
Unique snap-open and fold design
Pronunciation is easy with simple phonetics
Ultra-thin (barely 1/8” thick) and light-weight (under two ounces)
Laminated for durability
Folds up like a map to slip easily into your pocket or bag
Full color, original artwork
About the Author
Kristine K. Kershul blends her experience as a teacher, world traveler and language scholar to create a playful, innovative way to learn and use a new language.
Teacher: As an expert linguist, Kristine spent ten years teaching German at universities in the United States and in Europe.
World Traveler: An adventurous spirit, Kristine has explored more than 100 countries, from Bhutan to Zimbabwe, and almost every exotic locale in between. She understands the problems that all travelers encounter, regardless of which country they are visiting. She knows first-hand how languages can open doors to new adventures, new friends and different cultures.
Language Scholar: Kristine completed her undergraduate and graduate studies while living in Heidelberg, Germany. She then received a second Master's Degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara and subsequently, did her Doctoral studies in Medieval German Languages and Literature. In addition to German she also speaks a number of other languages ranging from Arabic to Swahili.
A Colorful Background: Kristine's fascination for languages began as a child growing up in a tri-lingual household in Oregon, where Croatian, Danish and English were spoken.
Kristine's natural gift for languages opened doors outside the academic world. She worked as a bilingual travel guide in Europe and later, as a translator at the U.S. Embassy in Germany.
On A Personal Note: Kristine's passion for travel, foreign languages and new cultures continues to take her around the world. One never knows where she'll venture to next - Namibia, Kiribati or Guyana. Kristine is a licensed pilot, a certified diver and an avid downhill skier. She enjoys competitive horseback riding and playing the piano. She makes her home in both Seattle, Washington and in Cape Town, South Africa.
Table of Contents
Telephone & Internet
Life's Little Emergencies
Hotels and Room Service
Essential Japanese Signs
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am moving to Japan in a few months and this little "cheat sheet" will be stuck in my purse. It's the perfect size, easy to understand and packed with useful phrases. I will not be caught in the sticky situation of not knowing which is the men's room and which is the women's. :)