Essential Japanese Grammar

Essential Japanese Grammar

A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage

Book - 2012
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Essential Japanese Grammar is an indispensable study guide for students of the Japanese language at all levels.

Long the standard in Japanese language education, it provides clear, jargon-free explanations of how Japanese grammar works and offers hundreds of example sentences. It is an essential handbook for self-study or the classroom and should be a valued resource for years to come. A strong foundation in grammar is vital to those wishing to learn Japanese as a whole.

Essential Japanese Grammar presents many unique features. First, grammatical terminology has been kept to a minimum so that extensive prior knowledge of grammar is not required. Second, abundant example sentences are written in Japanese characters ( kana and kanji ) followed by romanji and English translations. Third, the authors have tried to reveal aspects of grammar that may not be found in comparable grammar books such as rare Japanese verbs, adjectival nouns, clauses adverbs, etc.

This Japanese grammar book contains: parts of speech. sentence constructions. conjugations forms. speech styles and tones. accentuation rules. essential words and functional elements. an appendix for referencing and cross-referencing Japanese words.
Publisher: Tokyo : Tuttle Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9784805311172
Branch Call Number: 495.682421 Tan
Characteristics: 415 pages ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sato, Eriko 1962-
Alternative Title: Japanese grammar


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Sep 20, 2016

Aside from the Romaji, this is a good grammar overview, reference, and common-vocab reference.

What I like:

- The grammar covered is comprehensive and useful.
- Grammar/particle explanations are brief, and have plenty of examples.
- Often groups related/similar stuff together to help you contrast ambiguous stuff (eg, "〜と, 〜たら, 〜なら, 〜ば" are all right next to each other).
- 2nd part of the dict (part 1 is a grammar overview) covers the usage and nuances of lots of useful stuff, and their explanations shut up pretty quickly and let you figure stuff out by-example too.
- Categorized entries in the ToC based on whether they're particles, verb suffix, etc.
- Appendixes are comprehensive and cover stuff like: common verbs/nouns; the various counting systems (people, animals, cylindrical, etc.); transitive/intransitive verb pairs, and even weird stuff like "る verbs that are actually Ichidan verbs"(!), such as 走る.

Coming across a Japanese book that just shuts up and gives lots of examples has been a rarity for me. And I've certainly never seen one that had appendixes for such a variety of useful/weird stuff at the same time.

This is a very good book, and I'd highly recommend it.

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