1st Edition

Basic Japanese A Grammar and Workbook

By Shoko Hamano, Takae Tsujioka Copyright 2011
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Basic Japanese: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume.

    This book presents 25 individual grammar points, covering the core material which students would expect to encounter in their first year of learning Japanese.

    Divided into two parts, the first part outlines fundamental components of Japanese including the writing system, pronunciation, word order, particles and conjugation patterns, while the second part builds on this foundation by introducing basic grammatical patterns organised by the task they achieve. Grammar points are followed by contextualised examples and exercises which allow students to reinforce and consolidate their learning.

    Key features include:

    • clear, accessible format
    • many useful language examples
    • transliteration of all examples
    • jargon-free explanations of grammar
    • abundant exercises with full answer key
    • subject index.

    Basic Japanese is suitable both for class use and independent study making it an ideal grammar reference and practice resource for both beginners and students with some knowledge of the language.


    Part 1: Basic Building Blocks 1. Writing System  2. Pronunciation  3. Numbers  4. Parts of Speech  5. Basic Particles  6. Word Order  7. Ko, so, a  8. Questions and Question Words  9. Conjugation Patterns of Predicates  10. Social Roles  11. Overviews of Grammatical Contexts That Require Certain Forms Part 2: Grammar By Tasks 12. Expressing Existence, Location, Possession  13. Describing Quantity  14. Describing Time  15. Describing Frequency  16. Giving Invitations and Proposals  17. Giving Advice and Instructions  18. Asking For and Giving or Denying Approvals  19. Expressing Wishes and Desires  20. Comparison  21. Explaining Reasons  22. Talking About One’s Ability  23. Talking About Concrete Events and Abstract Ideas  24. Quotation  25. Expressing a State of Affairs  26. Giving and Receiving  27. Thanking and Apologizing


    Shoko Hamano is Professor of Japanese and International Affairs in The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University.

    Takae Tsujioka is a Japanese Teaching Instructor in The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University.