Basic Japanese

A Grammar and Workbook

By Shoko Hamano, Takae Tsujioka

© 2010 – Routledge

304 pages

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Paperback: 9780415498562
pub: 2010-07-30
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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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