Essential Japanese Grammar

Essential Japanese Grammar

A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage

Book - 2012
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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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