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Making Sense of Japanese Grammar (Paper)
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If you have studied from one of those texts that pretty much try to ignore explanations of grammar and try to get by with comparisons along the lines of "this noise in English = this noise in Japanese" then this book could help you to uncover a lot of what you have been missing- that is to say - some understanding of how Japanese works.
The approach and organisation is very user friendly. No prior knowledge of grammatical concepts is assumed and these concepts are explained with a minimum of jargon and quickly applied to make a point about Japanese. The chapters are short (most are 1-2 pages) and focused. The chapters can be read in order or you can dip in and out as you like. One very nice thing is that at the end of each chapter there is a list of related chapters, so you can follow themes of interest around the book as you like.
One draw back for beginners is that the example sentences are likely to be a bit difficult so you might like to hold off on this untill having finished a basic course, but even then some parts might be a bit much.
People planning on teaching Japanese might also like to look at it for ideas on how to present concepts and even advanced students who have not made a specific study of Japanese grammar MIGHT find some things of value here.
This book is unbelievably easy to read. The material is organized in a very logical way. A lot of clues help understand rather than just remember the rules.
I doubt there's a better book for anyone who is just beginning to learn grammar. Whether it's useful for intermediate/advanced learners, I truly don't know (not at that stage myself).
The grammatical discussion and terminology are kept in plain English. This will be quite helpful for anyone that learned English in American public schools.
The book is organized into a series of "things you should know," or "things you might be wondering about" if you are a student of Japanese. A good example is a plain English explanation of when to use "-ga" or "-o."
This book has been a great help to me, and I only have had it checked out from the library for about a week. I quickly flipped to those "questions" that I had. It supplies the conceptual knowledge that helps you apply proper grammar to more than just the sentences you have memorized.
This book is worth purchasing, as it is pretty good as reference material. But, I imagine after about a year or two, you will probably not need it anymore and could re-sell it.
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I have been borrowing this book and reading it for the last couple of days, and I must say, it is the best resource I've had for Japanese particles as of late. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Tyler
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"The audience we target is people who have little or no linguistic training and who may be unfamiliar with grammatical... Read more