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  • Series: Essentials of Grammar
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (June 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071713638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071713634
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rita L. Lampkin, a former missionary in Japan, has taught Japanese for over 30 years and has authored or co-authored over 15 books.


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It even has a section of cultural information.
PersonReviewing
This is only possible when you get the idea of the grammar of that language and this book is one of those that accomplish the hard task of building this bridge.
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This book is MANDATORY if you are beginning your Japanese language journey!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sutter on October 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, must-buy reference book for beginners in Japanese, and even for intermediate speakers who don't mind dealing with romaji instead of kana script. Its organization of verbs is especially sensible, and it's both easier to use and more cost-effective than most of the zillions of language reference books from Japanese publishers like Kodansha International.

However, if you own an earlier edition of the book, rest assured that there's NO NEED to buy this "3rd edition." I already owned a copy of the 1995 first edition, and figured the passage of 15 years and (apparently) 2 revisions was a good reason to spring for this one, but I could have saved my money. As far as I can see, there isn't ANY new content in the Grammar and Common Expressions sections (the first 125 pages out of 142) since the first edition. The Vocabulary section and an Appendix on writing systems have been modified slightly, but not necessarily usefully. There's about 4 pages of new material explaining some ultra-basic concepts about kanji (origin as pictographs, what radicals are, etc.), but you'd get that plus more when you buy any reference or instructional book about kanji, which you will need to do anyway. Some vocabulary sections have been rearranged, and formerly separate categories like "Insects" and "Post Office" have been merged into others ("Animals" and "The City", respectively). OTOH, while the vocabulary list still has an entry for "telegraph", it has *zero* about the Internet or mobile phones. The most conspicuous changes are a new publisher and an uglier cover -- and higher price, naturally. This is too bad and a missed opportunity: a kana edition would have been a great update for learners who want to keep their brains a bit more engaged with the language while they look stuff up. Nonetheless, if you don't already have a copy of the book, this 3rd edition would still be a great purchase.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PersonReviewing on April 1, 2011
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This is a great book for Japanese grammar and notes on verbs. It even has a section of cultural information. The other grammar book I've used in Eriko Sato's "Japanese Demystified," which is also a good book. Between the two I refer to "Japanese Verbs and the Essentials of Grammar" more often because it is like a very organized outline of concepts. I love it. I like both books and I recomend them both.

This book uses roomaji though, with only a chapter or two about kanji and kana, but it is still extreamly helpfull.

This is my favorite Japanese Grammar book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Rosano on June 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
>>>>> While I haven't yet grasped the language, this book is one of the many references I've used in my studies. It is well-organized, user-friendly, and well rounded. Not only does it provide a clear description of the use of each word, particle, and/or attachment, it consistently provides example sentences and explanations on proper syntax.

>>>>> While this book is indeed lacking in a few areas (for example, situational usage is almost never explained in-depth), it covers an impressive multitude of important points involving not only verbs, but adjectives, adverbs, and various particles.

>>>>> It has what one would call a limited vocabulary, but it provides a considerable number of words and an equally considerable number of topics, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

>>>>> It is almost completely void of Kana and Kanji (with the exception of a small section towards the back which covers it a little), and therefore is written entirely in ro-maji. However, while this may be a tad annoying to intermediate or advanced students, it facilitates the education of beginners nicely.

>>>>> Finally, this book is far too small to properly explain a language, even one as relatively simple and extraordinarily beautiful as Japanese. That being said, in the space they allotted themselves, they did a pretty good job of covering the bare minimum.

>>>>> This book would be a perfect compliment and reference tool for any serious student of Japanese, and furthermore, would by itself provide the material for a semester's worth of lessons in any school (even a college or university). I recommend this book not only to students, but to teachers for use inside their curriculum because it clearly offers a wide variety of material to piggy-back off of.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nyj on November 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is very informative. I especially like the verb stem + base + endings explanation.
I was also surprised by the explanation on "Yokatta desu."p 77.
"Ii" is not conjugated but it has a counterpart "yoi" that can be conjugated.
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