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. An essential handbook for self-study or the classroom, students will find that a strong foundation in grammar is vital to those wishing to learn Japanese.

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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