Essential Japanese Grammar is an indispensable study guide for students of the Japanese language at all levels.
Long the standard in Japanese language education, it provides clear, jargon-free explanations of how Japanese grammar works and offers hundreds of example sentences. It is an essential handbook for self-study or for the classroom and should be a valued resource for years to come. A strong foundation in grammar is vital to those wishing to learn Japanese as a whole. Essential Japanese Grammar
presents a number of unique features. First, grammatical terminology has been kept to a minimum so that extensive prior knowledge of grammar is not required. Second, abundant example sentences written in Japanese characters (kana and kanji
) followed by romanji
and English translations. Third, the authors have tried to reveal aspects of grammar that may not be found in comparable grammar books such as rare Japanese verbs, adjectival nouns, clauses adverbs, etc. This Japanese grammar book contains:
- parts of speech.
- sentence constructions.
- conjugations forms.
- speech styles and tones.
- accentuation rules.
- essential words and functional elements.
- an appendix for referencing and cross-referencing Japanese words.
Masahiro Tanimori is associate professor of Japanese education at Tottori University in Japan. He is the author of Handbook of Japanese Grammar (Tuttle, 1994) and vice editor of New Edition of General Japanese (Xinbian Zonghe Riyu, China Astronautic Publishing House, 2011), and is a member of the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. He lives in Awajo, Japan.
Eriko Sato is lecturer of Japanese and Japanese linguistics and the director of the Pre-College Japanese Program and the Teacher Certification Program for Japanese at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She authored Japanese for Dummies (Wiley, 2002), Contemporary Japanese: A Textbook for College Students (Tuttle, 2005), and Japanese Demystified (McGraw Hill, 2008) and co-authored My First Japanese Kanji Book (Tuttle, 2009). She lives in Stony Brook, New York.
"The book is very useful in conjunction with Japanese language text books and if you want to better understand the construction of the sentences and the word order… Another thing I liked about this book is that its content is arranged in alphabetical order which makes it easy to find what you are looking for." —Japan Reference blog
"This is a very useful and informative book that is indeed essential for any serious student of Japanese…" —8 Asians blog
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