This book is designed for intermediate and advanced students of Japanese looking to acquire natural reading skills which approximate those of native speakers, and to significantly improve their reading ability by cumulatively practicing different reading techniques best suited to the specific objectives or to the reading materials at hand.
In Section 1, Basic Techniques, students will practice step-by-step the basics of rapid reading: the techniques of scanning and skimming, and the skills of prediction, anticipation, and deduction.
In Section 2, Practical Exercises, students will employ skills learned in Section 1 to quickly "get the gist" or to efficiently obtain specific information from a variety of authentic readings such as magazine and newspaper articles.
Section 3, Challenging Texts, consists of six readings ranging from one page to a full-length mystery short story, and is designed so students can consolidate what they have learned in prior sections.
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I wish it was cheaper
Not really a cheap buy but a very practical book when it comes to reading in Japanese. We usually take for granted our techniques in reading faster in English, but when it comes to faster Japanese, we have to learn new things, re-learn what we already know, and hone our skills.
The only reason why I'm giving this 4 stars is because of the price.