Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication: A Self-Study Course and Reference 1st Edition
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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).
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 4770029837
- ISBN-13 : 978-4770029836
- Paperback : 366 pages
- Dimensions : 7.1 x 1 x 5.1 inches
- Publisher : Kodansha USA; 1st edition (December 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,877,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately, this includes romaji right underneath the kana, so if you're trying to break away from that habit, you're going to have a difficult time unless you either cover up the romaji or black them out. If you are going to Japan and have no knowledge of the language, then this is basically your Bible. Take it with you!! Textbooks tend to cover the "polite" form of Japanese, which is nice but when that's all you know, your'e not going to be able to really voice your thoughts on something. This book definitely clears this up. I've had this for about a month now, and already I feel more polished in Japanese.
What else can you get to improve your skills? Japanese Graded Readers. I have a review for this, and honestly, they have been extremely helpful! You are given a chipboard box with little books that are in color and written in Japanese. The difficulty goes up with each level and each set comes with a CD so you can follow along with the native Japanese reader. You can also pick up what are considered some of the best manga for beginners: Yotsuba, Shirokuma Cafe, and Chi's Sweet Home. Granted, as easy as they are, this will still be difficult for non-native Japanese. You probably won't get most of it right away, but don't let that deter you! You can do it!
What if you don't care for learning from manga? Try a novel by Yoshimoto Banana like "High and Dry" or pick up a picture book from a Studio Ghibli movie. I got Howl's Moving Castle in Japanese and it's a steep learning curve, but definitely helpful.
The book uses a concise and direct approach to learning Japanese grammar that is both unique and effective. It breaks down conversational grammar into 142 sentence structures with approx 1,200 example sentences. The grammar contained in this book is roughly the equivalent of Ganki 1 + 2, or other Intro / Intermediate Japanese textbooks. The vocabulary used in the book is either essential or common and words are used in examples more than once.
If you are a fan of flashcards or spaced repetition, then this book is perfect for you, as it is formatted in a way that will work very well with those learning methods.
The book is a decent size for travel, can fit into a small bag. There are reading/speaking practice exercises in the book. The exercises will help you with your sentence building. The answers are included as well.
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Para quem está com muitas dúvidas, como eu, tem muitos padrões de frases, principalmente sobre o uso adequado de partículas. No final do livro, tem os apêndices com numerais, contadores, adjetivos (com as formas, polida e simples, por exemplo) e com verbos (não todos) regulares e irregulares conjugados.
Uma característica que achei ótima para meu aprendizado, é que tem uma mini prática - logo depois das explicações, com duas, três ou quatro frases (depende do assunto) que você já pode praticar. São do tipo "diga o seguinte em japonês", aí você monta a sua frase, e já corrige a seguir, pois logo abaixo estão as respostas. E, geralmente, as principais palavras que você usa nas frases estão logo acima, tornando muito fácil o aprendizado.
A única desvantagem é para quem não entende nada de inglês, pois o livro é todo em inglês (mas acredito que isso não seja problema para a maioria que está estudando japonês).
Eu realmente gostei e recomendo. Valeu o investimento.
Ich bedauere sehr, dass mir dieses tolle Buch nicht schon früher in die Hände gelangt ist. Nebenbei gesagt, auf amazon.com gab's ein absolutes Glanzresultat bei den Rezensionen.
Ein weiteres, sehr empfehlenswertes Buch der Autorin ist übrigens das "Japanese for All Occasions".
Aside this inconvenience, it is a very good and useful book in my humble opinon.