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Fundamentals of Japanese Grammar: Comprehensive Acquisition

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Author: Yuki Johnson
Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 399 pages
Summary:
This extensive and thorough explanation of crucial Japanese grammar in English is the culmination of years of teaching and research. Informed by the work of eminent linguist Susumu Kuno, Fundamentals of Japanese Grammar is designed for students who have studied basic Japanese grammar and wish to better organize their knowledge and expand it in greater depth and at a higher level. Its organization presents a holistic picture of Japanese grammar for the benefit of learners and is distinctive in that grammar items are reorganized in terms of specific grammatical categories, such as particles, te-form compounds, dictionary-form compounds, stem-form compounds, passive constructions, conditional sentences, and so forth. The author offers a thorough discussion of various pragmatic constraints illustrated with sample sentences, dialogues, and essays that aid in understanding the structure and use of the language from a cultural perspective. Given its comprehensive treatment, this accessible grammar will appeal to anyone involved or interested in the Japanese language. It will be especially effective as a text in courses on Japanese linguistics and pedagogical syntax and a valuable source of Japanese grammar for linguists and educators as well as researchers in Japan-related fields.
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The Japanese Alphabet: The 48 Essential Characters

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Author: Gabriel Mandel
Publisher: Abbeville Press (2008)
Binding: Hardcover, 148 pages
Summary:
In the fourth century A.D., through contact with Korea, Japan adopted the Chinese writing system which had been sweeping through Asia along with the new Buddhist religion. Modern Japanese writing uses three main scripts: kanji (Chinese ideograms), which are used for proper names, for nouns, and for verb roots; hiragana (deriving from the terms hira, "common," and kana "borrowed character"), used for adding to and distinguishing from sequences of Japanese grammar; and katakana (from kata, "part," and kana, "borrowed character" or rather, "partially borrowed character"), which is used to denote foreign pronunciations or to write terms borrowed from foreign languages. With large depictions and clear step-by-step instructions, Mandel illustrates all 48 sounds in Japanese, presented in the traditional iroha order, in hiragana, katakana, and kanji forms, and each entry is accompanied with its roma-ji, or Roman phonetic spelling. The author clearly indicates the correct sequence for writing the individual strokes, and provides each kana, or character, with the Chinese kanji from which it was derived. He relates a concise history of Japanese writing, and provides the reader with charts of the Japanese and Chinese numbers, the hiragana and katakana contractions, and the"keys" or radicals that make up the Japanese kanji. A comprehensive guide to all of the characters of the Japanese alphabet, this is an ideal primer for the beginner, as well as a convenient reference for a more advanced student. Joining Abbeville's Chinese Calligraphy, Maya Script, and Arabic Script, Japanese Alphabet is an exhaustive compendium of the Japanese writing system and indispensable addition to any Japanese linguist's library.
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Sura-Sura: A Text for Intermediate Japanese

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Author: Masahiko Seto, Chie Imaizumi Chao
Publisher: Yale University Press (1996)
Binding: Paperback, 196 pages
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This intermediate level text presents short stories and essays in modern Japanese, alongside exercises and other helpful aids.
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Schaum's Outline of Japanese Grammar

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Author: Tomiko Kuwahira, Keiko Chevray
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2000)
Binding: Paperback, 236 pages
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"Schaum's Outline of Japanese Grammar covers the sequential treatment of the essentials of Japanese grammar, from simpler concepts to more complex, makes learning and reviewing easy. * Concrete examples following coverage of grammar functions promote students, understanding of material * Practice exercises use meaningful, practical contexts to develop students, mastery of grammatical elements * Chapter-ending summary exercises let students practice all functions learned in each section "
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Reading Japanese with a Smile: Nine Stories from a Japanese Weekly Magazine for Intermediate Learners

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Author: Tom Gally
Publisher: Japan & Stuff Press (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 184 pages
Summary:
"Learning to read Japanese is a little like running a marathon: it is a long, drawn out process, and it can get a little boring along the way. What we learners of Japanese need is a little fun now and then, something that brings a smile to our faces. As luck would have it, this book does just that. This magic trick is accomplished by the book’s nine curious stories. Taken from the weekly magazine ""Shukan Asahi,"" these stories, while true to life, verge on the hard to believe, and that’s what evokes the magic element of fun. But that’s not all. Each story is accompanied by a translation, faithfully done and easy to follow. Then, sentence by sentence, follows a short gloss of each word and phrase, a reverse derivation of each declined verb and adjective, detailed notes on vocabulary and grammar, and information and commentary on the cultural background. All of these aids can be accessed easily when needed. ""Reading Japanese with a Smile: Nine Stories from a Japanese Weekly Magazine for Intermediate Learners"" represents the best of two worlds -- stories that are both fully annotated and enjoyable to read. Eight of the nine stories were first published under the title “Strange but True” in 1997. ** Nine stories from the ""Shukan Asahi"" ** All true to life, but all a little wacky ** Full translations, notes, and commentary "
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Wu Song Kills a Tiger

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Author: Yung Teng Chia-yee
Publisher: Yale University Press (1978)
Binding: Spiral-bound, pages
Summary:
One of the most famous episodes from Water Margin, a traditional Chinese novel, is here retold in simple Chinese. This text is the fifth volume designed to supplement the Intermediate Chinese Reader by John DeFrancis. It is presented in simplified characters, with pinyin romanization, and an accompanying audio program is available.
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Talks on Chinese Culture

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Author: Vivian Ling
Publisher: Yale University Press (1997)
Binding: Paperback, 246 pages
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Intended for students who have completed 'basic' Chinese (two years, college level, and mastery of 1000 characters). Designed as the first 'post-basic' level text for students intent on achieving professional competency in the language. Essential as a first step towards advanced level Chinese. Serves also as review text for the Read Chinese Series (Books I, II, and III). A "must-study" book before you go on to the advanced level.
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Sun Yat-Sen

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Author: Yung Teng Chia-yee
Publisher: Yale University Press (1980)
Binding: Paperback, 60 pages
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This book tells the story of Sun Yat-Sen, the founder of the Chinese Republic. It is the fourth volume designed to supplement the Intermediate Chinese Reader by John DeFrancis. The text is presented in simplified characters, with pinyin romanization, and an accompanying audio program is available.
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Mirai, Stage 1 Audio CD

Author: Meg Evans
Publisher: Cheng and Tsui
Binding: Audio CD, 0pages
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"The Mirai, Stage 1 Audio CD contains listening material for the Stage 1 Course Book, Activity Book, and Teacher’s Book. This single CD contains audio versions of the cartoons, manga, and listening activities in the course book, listening material for exercises in the activity book, songs and plays, and dialogues from unit storyboards. The audio CD is designed for use with the books in the series and for listening and speaking practice. "
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Mirai, Stage 1 Activity Book

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Author: Meg Evans
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui (1999)
Binding: Paperback, pages
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"The Mirai, Stage 1 Activity Book gives students the chance to practice and implement what they’ve learned in the classroom. The activity book accompanies the beginning-level Mirai, Stage 1 Course Book and features practice sheets for copying hiragana and kanji, further reading and writing activities, puzzles, and homework exercises and tasks. Used with the Mirai, Stage 1 Audio CD, the activity book also offers reinforcement exercises for listening and speaking. Great for in class, out of class, or self-study, the activity book embodies the interactive and communicative approach of the Mirai series. "
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