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Mangajin

Post  msistarted on Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:12 am

Mangajin [1] was a monthly English-language magazine for students of Japanese language and culture. It was distinct from many other magazines of its type in that it unabashedly embraced Japanese popular culture as a learning tool and a route towards rapid acclimation into Japanese society. Each issue featured selections from various popular manga translated into English with detailed cultural and linguistic commentary.

It was a unique language learning tool in that the manga that it excerpted showed the use of the language in various types of informal conversations. It would feature a few pages of manga with explanations of the grammar used and when that gammar/vocabulary combination might be appropriate. By contrast, most Japanese language textbooks for early students focus on formal versions of the language appropriate for business discussions.

The magazine ceased publication in 1996 due to financial hardship. With increased worldwide interest in Japanese pop culture, the original manga publishers expected higher payments for their content, possibly beyond what was practical in this type of educational publication. Various books that collect many of the magazine's best features (as well as back issues of the magazine itself) are still highly prized by both self-taught and professionally-tutored students of Japanese. An e-zine [2] also continues the tradition of the publication.

The name is a combination of the Japanese words for "comic" (manga, 漫画) and "person" (jin, 人), and is a pun on the Japanese word for magazine (マガジン,magajin). The double pun is that Gaijin is a Japanese word meaning foreigner or outsider.

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