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Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication: A Self-Study Course and Reference

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ISBN-13: 978-4770029836
ISBN-10: 4770029837
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To communicate effectively in Japanese—to speak one's mind and be understood, and respond appropriately to what is said—is a goal for most beginners, but not an easy one to achieve quickly. JAPANESE SENTENCE PATTERNS FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION brings this goal within reach, teaching 142 essential sentence patterns for daily life—all the ones an intermediate student should know, and all the ones a beginner should study to become minimally proficient in speaking. All are presented in a handy, step-by-step format with pattern practice on almost every page.

About the Author

TAEKO KAMIYA received her BA from Doshisha Women's College and MAs from the University of San Francisco in education and from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in linguistics. A veteran language teacher, with 25 years' experience teaching Japanese, she is the author of numerous books on the Japanese language, including The Handbook of Japanese Verbs and The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs (both by Kodansha International).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770029837
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770029836
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Taeko Kamiya is a internationally recognized linguist, teacher and author. She studied at Doshisha Women's College (Kyoto) before receiving Masters degrees from the University of San Francisco in education and from Monterey Institute of International Studies in linguistics. She taught Japanese for twenty-five years at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and has written several critically acclaimed books about the Japanese Language.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Vasilopoulos on January 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an excelent book. Having gone through a course in elementary Japanese, I wanted a book to quickly review the basic grammar and speech patterns. This little book does a marvelous job. It explains all the main patterns concisely, yet sufficiently. The organization and clarity of the book are its main assets. There is a detailed index at the beginning of the book, containing key examples of the pattern. That way you can jump right to the page you need. At the end of the book there are handy appendices (with examples) on counters (some 25 of them), plus charts on adjective inflections and verb conjugations. All in alphabetical english order. Every pattern, or variation, is clearly explained with 3 examples. This is followed by 3 more examples for you to try. Then, the answers are given in smaller print. All examples are given in Japanese characters plus romaji transliteration. Every unit has a few new words of vocabulary, which are then used in the examples that follow. I admired the economy of this book. Nothing is superfluous. And yet, everything is sufficient, within the constraints of its size. It is published by Kodansha International, not Oxford University Press as the Amazon description says. Very few books on Japanese language instruction are suitable for self study. This one clearly is.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Kendrick Adams on June 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Out of necessity, much of this is a copy of my other review because it is a direct contrast.

Since a search that brought up this book probably also brought up A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns (Kodansha Dictionary) (same publisher) and at first glance one might be tempted to just buy whichever is cheapest at the time. It's worth noting that they are very different books.

A Dictionary... is indexed for a reader that encounters a strange construction. It is formatted in a way to facilitate looking-up strange new sentences. Japanese Sentence Patterns is indexed for someone that wants to say something in Japanese.

Thus, If you want to tell someone in Japanese that one thing would be better to do than another, Japanese Sentence Patterns will tell you how to say it. On the other hand, if you see or hear "Yukkuri tabeta hou ga kenkou ni ii yo." Then A dictionary... is better for figuring out what the person meant.

In all, both books are very much worth getting. Both serve completely different needs, they are definitely not duplicates of the same book. I do consider this one a bit more useful than the other, it is certainly easier to use. Even a complete novice can use this to create sentences. The exercises help cement new knowledge and the use of kanji can reinforce an intermediate student's reading ability.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Recep Sami Ciner on September 4, 2007
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The basic expressions appear in English and represent ideas or patterns to be expressed in Japanese. They are arranged from easiest tý most difficult. Each has a Japanese translation, highlighting the pattern to be learned then pattern is explained with example sentences. A big leap for novice birds to get wings for advanced flyings. Enthusiastically recommended. Hotondo kanzen ni (almost perfect).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By F. Toro on October 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
If, like me, you like your language instruction focused on examples rather than explanations, this is the book for you. 142 sentence patterns are briefly explained and then shown in action. This gives you a FEEL for how they operate, rather than just useless abstract knowledge. Personally, I found the book extremely useful.

In fact, I grabbed my microphone and recorded the examples from the more difficult patterns as MP3 files. I play them back to myself on my iPod whenever I have a free moment. It's a very useful way to get these things to stick.

Two little nits:

1-Like all of Kamiya-sensei's book, this one is more useful than it is fun. It's good for you, but dry...hardly a barrel of laughs.

2-The book should make it clearer that this is far from an exhaustive catalog of japanese sentence patterns. These are the most common, but there are many more. The 142 patterns introduced here will get you well into Intermediate Territory if you master them, but nowhere near AdvancedLand.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harajuku K on February 20, 2011
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I really like this book because it shows you the mistakes that you are making and it has plenty of examples on how to improve your grammar in Japanese. I like how it's soo simple and it gives you the sentences that are essential in mastering Japanese. In other words, it doesn't teach you grammar that you'll never use in real life. I like how they give you common vocab. words too. If you've been struggling with Japanese and you don't know why GET THIS BOOK! It'll literally open your eyes and make you see Japanese in a different light. I also like how it gets down right to the basics which is necessary and boosts your confident with Japanese! Overall, if you feel you're not good at Japanese and have low self esteem at it get this book! You'll feel a lot better ;) It's also a lot better than a lot of Japanese Grammar textbooks because some of the other books are unorganized and don't provide you with enough examples. This provides you with enough examples and sentences for you to practice with! That's the key to learning this language PRACTICE
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