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A Dictionary of Japanese Particles (A Kodansha Dictionary) (English and Japanese Edition) 1st Edition

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SUE A. KAWASHIMA received BA (Cum Laude) and MA degrees from Columbia University and is now a lecturer in Japanese language at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kodansha USA; 1st edition (June 30, 1999)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English, Japanese
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 4770023529
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-4770023520
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.1 x 0.9 x 5.1 inches
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Sarugumo
5.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary of Japanese Particles
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 22, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary of Japanese Particles
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 22, 2019
This is easily my favourite book that I use to study Japanese. Particles are such an essential part of learning Japanese and forming sentences, that a dedicated book to help you learn them and to use as a reference is a god send.

This has over 100 particles listed alphabetically, each one is explained very clearly and gives examples of their use in sentences. This is very important as some particles have more than one use.

There are even some illustrations to clarify things further. These are a nice touch, even if you don't fully need them to use this book.

This manages to explain the difference between Wa (は) and Ga (が) quite well and that is an achievement considering this is a major source of confusion when you are learning Japanese and even for some native Japanese people themselves!

There are some exercises at the back so you can test your knowledge and there are full answer keys so you can confirm what you've learnt so far.

Be mindful that this isn't a structured course to learn particles, but rather a clear dictionary explaining each to you, with decent examples. It is best used alongside another course. I use the 'Japanese from Zero' series, which is excellent and listen to Michel Thomas courses in the car to practice listening and speaking skills.

I use the above mentioned JfZ textbooks, as well as a Barrons grammar guide and Barrons verb guide, and I have to say this is one I enjoy using the most. It clarifies so much, has helped me grasp sentence structure and has pushed me on in leaps and bounds.
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Jasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying book
Reviewed in Japan 🇯🇵 on January 18, 2021
Great book for those who have difficulty in using the particles in japanese., a worth buying book., It really help me in understanding more in grammar.,
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