Real Japanese illustrates the way Japanese children learn to speak their own language. Every new language point spoken by an actual child is listed here, in a day by day format. This is a very different approach to the way Japanese is generally taught in textbooks and language courses, which introduce grammar using contrived conversations. Every sentence here is real Japanese, as spoken by a Japanese child. It is the aim of this book to present the basics of the Japanese language using this radical new method that we hope will allow the reader to communicate effectively in a much shorter time.
A computer programmer by profession, Mark Smith has spent 12 years in Japan. His main qualification for writing this book is that most of his friends seem to be Japanese 4 year olds. Despite having a black belt in the martial art of Aikido, he is still bullied by these friends, and also by his wife, and two half-Japanese children, both toddlers. His dream is to divide his time between Tokyo and New Zealand, but he doesn't really like flying.