Education: Japanese in Ten Lessons

A Princeton man has softened up the Japanese language. Using a formula of poker-playing days in college,* balding Burton Crane, 41 (Princeton ex-'22), invented a card game which he claims will teach a speaking knowledge of Japanese (a vocabulary of 800 words) in ten sessions. His game smashes to smithereens collegiate par for the course: 18 months.

Inventor Crane, now a financial reporter for the New York Times, learned Japanese in Tokyo, where he was financial editor of the Japan Advertiser, newspaper correspondent and broadcaster. He made two best-selling phonograph records—Japanese versions of...

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