Japanese in 30 hours
When Eiichi Kiyooka, a young Japanese
academic in New York published a thin
textbook in 1938, he titled it “Japanese
in Thirty Hours.” Legend has it that
Kiyooka was confronted some years later by
a foreign student who complained that 30
hours was not enough to master Japanese.
The good-humored Kiyooka replied, “You
don’t understand. That is how long I took
to write the book.