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Language Books

Reviews of books relating to the Japanese language and to Japanese language studies.

  1. Nihongo Master

    Nihongo Master is a social Japanese learning site that utilizes manga-style lessons and conversational audio from native speakers to help users master the Japanese language. They offer free lessons for beginners as well as hundreds of intermediate and advanced lessons for subscribers.
  2. Mastering Japanese Kanji Volume 1

    The purpose of Mastering Japanese Kanji, by Glen Nolan Grant, is to provide a basic knowledge of 200 beginning kanji. Students often gravitate towards the kanji learning aspect of Japanese language learning, so a beginner’s book focused towards this endeavor is not a bad idea; however sugar alone does not a cake make, and in the same way the learning of kanji does not equate to the learning of Japanese. As part of a holistic Japanese learning plan involving instruction in grammar,...
  3. Flash card set: Japanese Syllabary - Hiragana

    A set of flash cards for Japanese beginners to study Hiragana. This card set contains 104 cards which collects all Japanese Hiragana characters with
    Japanese Syllabary - Hiragana is a flash card set for Japanese beginners, especially for those who start to learn Japanese Hiragana characters and basic vocabularies. Published by Carddia, this card set contains 104 cards which collects all Japanese Hiragana characters. Each card shows one character with its Romaji, equivalent Katakana, stroke order, and example words. The packaging comes with a sheet of the table of Hiragana as well. The example words are relevant, this would help...
  4. Essential Japanese Grammar: A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage

    Essential Japanese Grammar is a study guide for students of the Japanese language at all levels.
    "Essential Japanese Grammar" is a complete revision of the Handbook of Japanese Grammar (Tuttle Publishing 1994). The book consists of two parts (Part 1 is "Japanese Grammar: An Overview and 2nd part Dictionary of usage"); while the first part has 21 chapters, the second part contains two. The first thing to say is that this book is a reference material, and although the book states that it is “indispensable reference for students of Japanese at all levels” if you are beginner you probably...
  5. Essential Japanese Kanji Volume 1

    Learn the Essential Kanji Characters Needed for Everyday Interactions in Japan.
    The first thing to know about this book is that it is a textbook, not a kanji reference book. The second thing to know is that it is not a textbook for absolute newcomers to learning Japanese; it presumes a certain degree of knowledge of elementary Japanese grammar. If you are a person seeking materials for starting to learn Japanese as an absolute beginner, this is not the book for you. If you're one of the many who want to start learning and don't yet understand that learning Japanese and...
  6. Japanese Kanji and Kana: A Complete Guide to the Japanese Writing System

    This book provides all the information needed to learn kanji and kana, including the 92 basic hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols (known
    Japanese Kanji and Kana is a book that is great for those that have just started to learn the language and its writing system as well as those that need to refresh their knowledge of Japanese writing. Writing however is just one aspect of a language; so if you want to learn Japanese this book it will be very useful, but won’t lead you far without any knowledge of grammar. The book contains about 35 pages on romanization, the kana syllabaries (history, order, writing, orthography, and...
  7. Basic Japanese

    Basic Japanese takes a friendly and innovative approach to beginner Japanese, emphasizing the structure of the Japanese language rather than just
    As the title implies, Basic Japanese is a book generally targeted towards beginners, but also provides an avenue for higher level learners who would want to review and strengthen their fundamentals of the language. This book is an improvement by Eriko Sato, Japanese lecturer and Pre-College Japanese Program director at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also received her doctorate degree. While making changes, she stayed true to Samuel E. Martin, fellow Linguistics...
  8. Japanese Respect Language

    Respect language—the special style of polite spoken or written Japanese—is involved almost every exchange of Japanese between one person and another,
    “Respect language”, better known by most students as keigo, is a difficult topic for a learner of Japanese to get their head around. Most beginner textbooks barely touch on it, and while some of the grammatical forms may be explained in higher level grammar books the most difficult part is not in forming the sentences, but knowing in what situations they should be used. The strength of Japanese Respect Language, in my view, is that it tries to place in context, as the subtitle would have...
  9. 600 Basic Japanese Verbs

    600 Basic Japanese Verbs is intended as a study guide for those who would take AP and Japanese Language Proficiency exams as a reference guide for
    600 Basic Japanese Verbs is a book intended as a study guide for those who would take AP and Japanese Language Proficiency exams as a reference guide for studying. But more than just for taking the exams, anyone learning Japanese from the beginners up to those in the advanced level would find it useful as it does include Romaji and Hiragana characters for those who are just learning the language and also the Kanji form for those in the advanced stages. The book is compiled by the Hiroo...
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