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A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar Paperback – January 1, 1989
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Let's face it--from the perspective of a native English speaker, mastering Japanese grammar is difficult. Very difficult. Don't trust anyone who says otherwise! Much is made of the difficult writing system, but mastering grammar is perhaps even more difficult and essential to smooth communication. Sure, learning the difference between "wa" and "ga" is not as sexy as learning how to write "love" or "raccoon dog" in kanji, but it's many times more useful on a daily basis. By providing easy-to-understand explanations as well as examples of both good and bad usage, the student is given a better understanding of basic (but still difficult-to-master) grammatical points. This dictionary does an especially good job of contrasting similar constructs that give beginning-to-intermediate (and even many advanced) students trouble (wa/ga, aida/uchi, ageru/kureru, hazu/beki, ni/de etc.Read more ›
You can use this book as a reference when you come across a new grammatical pattern, or systematically go through it to learn new ones. The book explains Japanese grammar points in clear English and gives many example sentences to cover the range of their uses.
People often ask me, "what's the best textbook for learning Japanese?" In my opinion, there are no good textbooks. What you need are good RESOURCES on certain areas, and this is the best for grammar. Unlike all the silly "Mr. Smith goes to Tokyo" textbooks, this book does not make you go through a pointless story from which you mine a few nuggets of information. A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar presents you with what you want to know, with no time wasted on anything else. This and a good Kanji-learning resource are what you need to begin your road to true proficiency in Japanese.
I haven't said something spectacular in my review, I mainly wrote it because the book is really good and you don't want to miss it.
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My daily reference guide... I find myself using it more often than not. It explains usage of grammar very concisely and makes for a clearer comprehension of the Japanese language... Read morePublished 17 days ago by JosephHowardJr
This book is absolutely insane. I don't know how it is possible for the other reviewers to give it five stars. It is most definitely not clear and it is most definitely not basic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is by far the best book for learning Japanese. When I first moved to Japan, I had read it four times in two months and had it nearly memorized by the third. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jb
This book is the most comprehensive for Japanese of all that I have used. People often praise Genki, but I find that it simplifies grammar quite a bit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anonymous
This is such an amazing reference book for Japanese. There are times in others books where some of the sentence structure doesn't make quite sense, and this books helps a lot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gwynplaine
Good not great. I feel like there are more advanced grammar in hear than anything.Published 4 months ago by Egon
A very good guide for serious learners of Japanese language with many in-depth explanations. The English portion of the book is meticulous as well. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zoran Stanisic