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All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words (Power Japanese Series) [Paperback]

by Naoko Chino
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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September 21, 2001 4770027818 978-4770027818
Students of Japanese are familiar with the term "particle," and realize that they, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. This handbook provides all the information one would need on these tricky units of grammar.

All About Particles covers more than 70 particles those that are used regularly as well as those used less frequently in more than 200 uses. The book can be approached as a guiding textbook and studied from beginning to end. It is as a reference book, however, that All About Particles shines. It is light and easy to carry, slim enough to fit into the corner of a shoulder bag, and concise enough to quickly clarify particle-related questions. It is a priceless tool for any serious student of Japanese.

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"... nearly 11 years old, it is just as relevant now as it was then." -- Brandon Jirou Hayashi, The Hawaii Herald

About the Author

NAOKO CHINO is a lecturer at Sophia University, Tokyo, and author of Japanese Verbs at a Glance, A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns, and How to Tell the Difference Between Japanese Particles.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (September 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770027818
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770027818
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Japanese? Get this book. September 18, 2002
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Every Japanese learner struggles with particles. Organizing particles is one of the most difficult part of the language, and there are few good resources to help you out. "All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words" is the single most useful book I have found on the topic.
This is a true reference book. Although it can be read straight through (and I recommend this at least once), it is most useful for looking up difficult particles as you discover them. Placing them in context will help the learning process. Read all in one sitting it is a little overwhelming, but good for an overview of all 70 plus particles.
One of the advantages of "All About Particles" is that the examples use various forms of politeness. It also demonstrates interchangeable particles, and which expressions are more daily-use. The text itself is very compact, and travels well.
I would recommend this book to any Japanese learner looking to bridge the gap from Advanced Beginner to Intermediate.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, thorough April 27, 2002
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This book discusses the use of about 70 particles, listed in order from most to least common. For each particle, Chino lists the different ways you can use it, grouping similar uses together, and provides at least two example sentences for each use. The examples are shown in kanji, roomaji, and English.

I think this book covers most particles a beginning or intermediate student would need to know. Finding the particle you want is fairly easy, either by using the table of contents, checking out the index, or glancing at the page headers. Chino did not include exercises, so the book is slim and to the point. However, the use of roomaji may bother some people.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but way too simplistic January 8, 2005
I bought this title because I thought it would give me in-depth information about those pesky few particles I still have questions about, but it turns out to be a simple, straightforward description of only the common particles and their common usage, with no in-depth explaination at all. I wanted to know in a very explicit manner the differences between wa/ga, -tara/-reba, dake/nomi, etc, but it only glosses over them. If you've studied Japanese for more than a couple years, don't bother at all with this book. I guess I'll give this copy to a friend just beginning Japanese or something.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for neophytes like me at least November 8, 2003
This is a nifty little reference book.
I'm just starting the trek to fluency, however, this book is already on my shelf. I tried reading straight through this, but it was futile a cause because I had (and still have) insufficient vocabulary to make sentences that use many of these particles.
However, I still thumb through it and pick up particles here and there. For some reason, they stick better that way. Also, while reading sentences in Japanese, you'll start to recognize the particles you've seen while looking through this book. Randomly pick a page and learn the particle on that one.
The book also brings our attention to subtleties between similar particles. This helps when trying to generate a tone and attitude.
My only quibble is that it uses romaji instead of Furigana over the Kanji since i'm already familiar with the Kana. This doesn't depreciate the value of the book, though. You'll refer to it often when you're disecting or constructing sentences.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words September 25, 2004
This book is a very good reference for the Intermediate student. The example sentences and kanji are too advanced for a beginner and the romaji is an insult to advanced students.

It helps a great deal if you sit down and read the entire book once, and then put it up on your shelf and only look in it when you encounter a new particle. While it claims to be a handbook, it is more of a dictionary, but nevertheless it is good if you need a quick reminder.

I recommend buying this book along with Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns by Naoko Chino for maximum effect. The book does no attempt in teaching anything about the example sentences, only the particles.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have text for learning Japanese... June 20, 2003
By A Customer
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The Japanese particle was confusing before I owned this book. Other texts panned the information, or wrote particles off as 'not really meaning anything'. Don't fool youself, or let yourself be fooled- the particle determines specifics of information and direct the intent of a sentance. They quanitify many nouns into object, subject, direct object. The also describe ownership, adjective and adverb use. This book describes it all (well, I assume this is ALL) in order of most common usage. Each particle is shown in each way it might be used corresponding to English, with a sentence (or several) in English and japanese to explain usage.
Naoko Chino's pocket text is one of the most important Japanese instructional texts in print today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Handbook November 19, 2007
I recommend this book to anyone studying Japanese. It is a great concise little book, which can be used as a reference or just to read through and get familiar with the usage. Included are many great examples, written in both Kanji and romaji, allowing learners of any level to dig in and get a handle on the ever elusive Japanese particle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to get it quickly. Silly me. February 25, 2013
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In the kindle version, the Japanese "text" are cropped images from the actual book. The result is choppy gifs everywhere.

That's probably why they don't show 98% of the text in the kindle preview.

Get the actual book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars sentences
This book is what you need to study and writing sentences. this book is a must for your Japanese studies.
Published 1 month ago by A. Magneson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I really love this book. I use it as a reference when I am trying to fully understand the usage of any Japanese particle I may be studying.
Published 2 months ago by Needlelady
3.0 out of 5 stars Good BUT...
On line Kindle version the Kanji is to small. I would recommend purchasing the book to get the best results.
Published 5 months ago by KatV
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Very useful and complete. It really helps you to understand the multiple uses of every single japanese particle and the difference between them. I'm really happy with it. :)
Published 9 months ago by Dorya Rascon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical
This is a very practical book for all peaople who is studying the japanese language. I recommend you the Kindle version if you have a mobile device or a tablet.
Published 19 months ago by Jantes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for particles
This book gives you many examples about how to use the different participles particles but you should take care not to let yourself be overwhelmed by the number of different ways... Read more
Published on May 13, 2011 by Hayro
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the other book by the author (see review)
You get information about 69 particles organised alphabetically. Book is quite basic. Several sentence examples for each entry, but the usage comments are not that extensive. Read more
Published on October 25, 2010 by Jackal
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Handy
This particle book has many sections that cover a wide variety of particle usage in everyday Japanese. Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by James Wishman
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok
I used this book for my japanese and this book is ok. For me I thought, it was really easy to forget the particles and it doesn't really stick out in your mind. Read more
Published on July 22, 2010 by Harajuku K
5.0 out of 5 stars handy
this book has served me well so far. in my studies of japanese, i often come across particles i'm not familiar with, and this book explains them. Read more
Published on January 26, 2010 by Nicole
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