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In here, they'll give you the pieces of the puzzle that you never knew you needed. They clarify a lot of points and show Japanese for what it is: a logical, consistent language with a different world view from English.
Usually, I can't finish nonfiction because they're too long. Even textbooks are too boring and dense that I skim over everything.
However, I read this cover to cover. It feels more like 10 or more interconnected articles (or longform blog posts). I personally like it.
It's bite-sized enough to be manageable (I never thought I'd say that about a grammar book). At the same time, it's coherent enough to make present a solid message.
PS. If you're looking for a complete grammar book, this isn't it. It corrects what conventional grammar teaches wrong. So you may need to supplement with a conventional grammar book.
ON THE OTHER HAND, as the author recommends: if you can use Japanese, then by all means use the Japanese terms that Japan teaches to its Japanese natives. Even if it's the grammar stuff taught to Japanese children.
This book gives you the gist and the adequate amount of info you need. It works well for busy people or those uninterested in the technical depths of linguistics. From what I understand, the author mentioned Dr. Jay Rubin's Making Sense of Japanese for even more info.
Cure Dolly writes and explains very well. I particularly like her intermediate level posts, eg. about transitive and intransitive, on her blog (learnjapaneseonline dot info) and I hope she can write more for this level in the future.
Unfortunately, the very small amounts of kanji and kana don't render correctly on Kindle for Android, it doesn't affect the readibility of the book as the examples are reinforced by rōmaji, but it's a shame that Amazon hasn't been careful with their use of fonts for that app.
I would guess it's fine on an actual Kindle, and if I select the text on Android I can copy the actual kana even despite not being able to read it in the app.
If you are struggling to make sense out of the seemingly complex structure of the Japanese language, I can't recommend this book enough.The lessons are easy to follow and the examples are very clear in their explanation.
I have lived, worked, and travelled to a number of countries, and have always tried to learn or pick up the local language. This book works well for me, explaining things in the way I learn. The key for me is the "things the language textbooks don't teach you...."
I'm in the process of learning Japanese and trying to figure out the best way to start doing it. I'm so glad I came across her book before diving deep into grammer. Thanks for teaching me how japanese actually works and saving me potential headaches later on.
I'm actually surprised that lot that many people have know about this book. It should really get more recognition. I would certainly put it up there with Genki as one of the must read books.
And I just found out she has another book Alice in Kanji Land which teaches kanji and i'm so excited to be getting that book soon.
It's a shame though that it doesn't have a kindle version unlike this book.
Could the author please consider making it available in Kindle?
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