PLEASE NOTE: Mangajin ceased publication in 1998. These back issues may be new or used, but they will not be pristine. A few are still in sealed bags (for mailing), but even those are unlikely to be pristine due to shelf-wear and the amount of time passed. Please consider these as learning tools to be used rather than for collecting. That being said, if condition is important to you, please contact us with specific issues and we'll send you photos of the actual items.
Mangajin was a wonderful magazine for learners of Japanese. Each issue somehow had something for every level, but we recommend them most for upper beginners.
Those interested in translation will love how Mangajin breaks down the manga it presents, explaining grammar, vocabulary, and cultural references with ease.
The cover image above is for this particular issue. The sample pages inside may or may not be from this exact issue. See below for a table of contents (retrieved from http://www.nyx.net/~cbrown/mangajin/mangajin_toc.html)
|10||TV Dating Shows|
|Japanese women no longer need to get married. They have to be persuaded, and Japanese men are finding this increasingly difficult. TV dating shows portray this contemporary social drama and even help some young singles to find a mate.|
|4||Letters & Bloopers The readers write.|
|7||Brand News (Innovative uses of the Japanese language)|
|It was once fashionable and sexy to blacken your teeth in Japan. This ad for a cigarette filter-pipe refers to that practice in its punning slogan.|
|18||Book Review Japanese Jive, by Caroline McKeldin; Bill Emmott's Japanophobia and Dennis Encarnation's Rivals Beyond Trade.|
|22||Computer corner: A Glossary of Japanese Computer Technology|
|Computer terminology is hard enough in your native language! The jargon is evolving so quickly that computer dictionaries are out of date in just a few years, but we provide you with a glossary of over 180 terms and error messages (may you never have to read them).|
|30||Basic Japanese: Iya|
|Although Iya can be used to express strong negative feelings, it's employed in a variety of other situations. (The variant Ya da is one of the most widely-used expressions among Japanese high school girls.) Mangajin gives you the complete scoop through manga examples.|
|44||Warning & Pronunciation Guide|
|26||Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson|
|27||The Far Side, by Gary Larson|
|36||Take'emon-ke no Hitobito · タケエモン家のひとびと, by Sato Take'emon|
|38||Selected Works of Ishii Hisaichi · いしいひさいち選集|
|40||OL Shinkaron · OL進化論, by Akizuki Risu|
|45||What's Michael · by Kobayashi Makoto|
|56||A Visual Glossary of Modern Terms · 図説現代用語便覧, by Deluxe Company|
|65||Warau Serusuman (Part I) · 笑うせぇるすまん, by Fujiko Fujio (A)|
|73||Dr. Slump (Part II) · Dr.スランプ, by Toriyama Akira|