The Handbook of Japanese Verbs

Author: Taeko Kamiya

Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated

ISBN: 9781568364841

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 254

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From the very earliest stages of study until far into the intermediate level, students of the Japanese language are continually scratching their heads over the usage of verbs. It is no wonder that they should feel the need for a solid reference book, one they can continually turn to throughout their studying careers.The Handbook of Japanese Verbsis just that book. The Introduction takes the first step toward comprehension by pointing out the features of Japanese verbs that stand in contrast to their English counterparts, such as tense, politeness level, auxiliaries, and transitive and intransitive forms. Part 1 shows through tables and concise commentary how Japanese verbs are categorized, conjugated, and combined with auxiliaries. Each form is followed by a short exercise, reinforcing the points just made. Part 2 takes up the forms described in the first part and shows how they function in full-fledged sentences. Each discussion is followed by examples and exercises, ensuring that the student has understood the forms under discussion. In the appendices, the student is offered a number of look-up methods, including an English-Japanese verb dictionary. This completes the apparatus necessary for a solid handbook on Japanese verbs, a book students can rely on for many years to come.
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The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs

Author: Taeko Kamiya

Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated

ISBN: 9781568364162

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 326

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For any beginner of Japanese, adjectives and adverbs are bound to present a challenge. Unlike English adjectives, Japanese ones conjugate, meaning that you must memorize their various forms before being able to build sentences of any complexity. Adverbs do not conjugate, but make use of particles to show their grammatical relationship to other words, and some have very subtle shades of meaning that are difficult to grasp. Moreover, many do not translate into adverbs in English. The role these parts of speech play in adding flavor to the Japanese language is invaluable. This handy reference manual introduces the basic (and basics of) adjectives and adverbs in a clear and sensible way, enabling students not only to speak Japanese but to do it with pizzazz. The book is divided roughly in half, the first half dealing with adjectives, the second with adverbs. Each is prefaced by a short introduction that serves as an overview of the material introduced. The section on adjectives is divided into two parts: Part 1 covers the conjugations of i- and na-adjectives and some basic auxiliary adjectives, and Part 2 presents common sentence patterns in which adjectives appear. The adverb section is arranged by topic. Among the types of adverbs explained here are those used to express time, quantity, degree, circumstance, and natural sounds or actions (the ubiquitous onomatopoeic adverbs). Each entry in this book is given a simple, concise English explanation and two or more example sentences to illustrate its usage. Exercises every few pages enable students to measure their understanding. Finally, a number of quick-reference lists in the appendixes provide a convenient means of recalling and building vocabulary. Together with its sister publication,The Handbook of Japanese Verbs, this unique manual is certain to provide years of friendly guidance.
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All about Particles

A Handbook of Japanese Function Words

Author: Naoko Chino

Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated

ISBN: 9781568364193

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 149

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Students of Japanese are familiar with the term "particle," and realize that they, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. This handbook provides all the information one would need on these tricky units of grammar. All About Particles covers more than 70 particles those that are used regularly as well as those used less frequently in more than 200 uses. The book can be approached as a guiding textbook and studied from beginning to end. It is as a reference book, however, that All About Particles shines. It is light and easy to carry, slim enough to fit into the corner of a shoulder bag, and concise enough to quickly clarify particle-related questions. It is a priceless tool for any serious student of Japanese.
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All About Particles

A Handbook of Japanese Function Words

Author: Naoko Chino

Publisher: Kodansha USA

ISBN: 4770050127

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 160

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Students of Japanese are familiar with the term "particle," and realize that they, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. This handbook provides all the information one would need on these tricky units of grammar. All About Particles covers more than 70 particles those that are used regularly as well as those used less frequently in more than 200 uses. The book can be approached as a guiding textbook and studied from beginning to end. It is as a reference book, however, that All About Particles shines. It is light and easy to carry, slim enough to fit into the corner of a shoulder bag, and concise enough to quickly clarify particle-related questions. It is a priceless tool for any serious student of Japanese. In its previous incarnation as a part of the Power Japanese Series, ISBN 978-0-87011-954-5, and sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide.
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Japanese Grammar

The Connecting Point

Author: Kimihiko Nomura

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 076185312X

Category: Education

Page: 490

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Japanese Grammar: The Connecting Point is instrumental for anyone learning Japanese who seeks to gain a firm grasp of the most important aspect of the language: verb usage. Learning Japanese may seem to be a daunting task, but Dr. Nomura's book will help readers conjugate verbs into a variety of formats, construct sentences systematically, and hold intelligible conversations in Japanese. He groups all Japanese verbs into clusters, creating a method of how each of those groups conjugate, and then demonstrates how to combine various verb forms with auxiliary expressions to form complex sentences. Not only is this method excellent for beginners, as it creates a solid foundation for learners to increase their language ability and attain fluency at a rapid rate, but also for intermediate and advanced levels, as it will help them solidify their verb usage and use Japanese with greater confidence. Learners will also benefit from Dr. Nomura's method because they will be able to shift the level of formality in any conversational situation according to what is culturally appropriate. Furthermore, when a new verb is uttered by other people, the learner will be able to immediately apply the agglutinative process described in this grammar book and generate sentences with a variety of suffixes in a culturally appropriate manner.
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漢字を勉強しましょう

Author: Joyce Yumi Mitamura,Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770020680

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 256

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This approach to learning the basic components of kanji demonstrates simply how a finite number of parts combine into a wide variety of characters. Everyone agrees that it is possible to learn to speak Japanese in a reasonable amount of time, but no one has ever said that about reading and writing it. It is widely held that spoken and written Japanese require separate efforts by the student, as if these two aspects were in fact distinct languages. A first step toward alleviating this situation was taken by Yasuko Mitamura in 1985 with the publication of Let's
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Japanese-English Chemical Dictionary

Including a Guide to Japanese Patents and Scientific Literature

Author: Markus Gewehr

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527312935

Category: Science

Page: 680

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This indispensable tool enables scientists and translators with only a basic knowledge of Japanese to quickly locate and evaluate pertinent information, tapping the large body of chemical literature that at present is mainly inaccessible to non-Japanese readers. The dictionary is unique in both its scope and concept, listing over 15,000 technical terms from all chemical disciplines in kanji/kana script, romaji transcription and English translation, ordered according to frequency of occurrence for quick access. The dictionary is supplemented by valuable background information on the Japanese language, chemical industry and chemical literature. A ready reference for all those chemical professionals dealing with the world's second largest economy.
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Japanese Linguistics

An Introduction

Author: 登志子·山口

Publisher: Continuum

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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An introduction to Japanese linguistics, which is designed to introduce students to the areas of Japanese linguistics. This book contains chapters, which contains an explanation of the key concepts of the subject, followed by activities, which are designed to promote the students' active understanding of the forms and functions of the language.
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Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary

Author: Yoshikatsu Nakamura,Masatoshi Yoshida

Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated

ISBN: 9781568364575

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 717

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A comprehensive, communicative, and practical guide to using Japanese, Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary is an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in the Japanese language. It has been edited with the needs of English-speaking users in mind, whether students, teachers, business people, or casual linguists, and special care has been taken at each stage of its compilation including the selection of entry words and their equivalents, the wording of the detailed explanations of Japanese words, the choice of example sentences, and even its functional page design to maximize its usefulness. What is furigana and why is it so important? Furigana refers to the small kana that are printed above or alongside kanji to show their pronunciation. With furigana superscripts, the beginner who is familiar with hiragana and katakana is able to read even the most difficult and obscure kanji at a glance. Other dictionaries either provide little or no guide to kanji readings or romanize some or all of the Japanese words and sentences. In the past, romanized dictionaries were of some value to students using textbooks that contained no Japanese script. Now, however, an increasing number of influential curricula around the world are based on a rationale and methodology that demands the introduction of hiragana and katakana from the earliest stages. Learners and their teachers using such curricula will inevitably feel more comfortable with a dictionary such as Kodansha s Furigana Japanese Dictionary, one that shows the pronunciation of kanji with a familiar and authentic kana script. Combining Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary (1995) and Kodansha's Furigana English-Japanese Dictionary (1996) in one portable. affordable, and user-friendly volume, this dictionary has the following unique features: o A basic vocabulary of 30,000 entries covers the most frequently used English and Japanese words o Special treatment has been given to hundreds of words, names, and phrases of special relevance to English-speaking students of Japanese o Semantic and usage differences between Japanese words and expressions are explained in clear English o Thousands of example sentences and phrases illustrate how Japanese words are used in context o Special information is provided on verb conjugations, formality, and other aspects of Japanese grammar and usage
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