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.
Designed as a companion and study guide for the textbook Comprehending Technical Japanese, this book may also be used as a supplement to the textbook Basic Technical Japanese. It provides detailed explanations of the origin and meaning of the 500 kanji featured in CTJ, which were chosen for their frequency and significance in chemistry, physics, and biology. Each chapter is keyed to a chapter in CTJ, presenting twenty kanji, vocabulary that use those kanji, a kanji-card format for study and review, and the Japanese essay that appears at the close of each CTJ chapter, and its English translation. This volume also introduces significant scientific vocabulary that include kanji other than the 500 introduced in CTJ.
Offers selections from the popular writings of internationally famous Japanese snow and ice scientist NAKAYA Ukichiro. Included here are excerpts from his classic The Methods of Science (Kagaku no Hoohoo) and other literary essays discussing science in relation to cultural and social topics. At the time of his death in 1962, the American Meteorological Society Bulletin heralded him as "the world’s outstanding scientific investigator of snow crystals." English translations accompany some Japanese texts, vocabulary notes accompany all texts, and a glossary concludes the book.
Japan is one of the leading technological nations in the world. Although its scientific and engineering achievements have been most impressive, few scientists and engineers have developed the ability to read the literature of their Japanese counterparts.
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