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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Author: Taeko Kamiya

Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated

ISBN: 9781568364162

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 326

View: 7769

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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A Handbook of Japanese Function Words

Author: Naoko Chino

Publisher: Kodansha USA

ISBN: 4770050127

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 160

View: 9648

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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The Connecting Point

Author: Kimihiko Nomura

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 076185312X

Category: Education

Page: 490

View: 5449

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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Author: 神谷妙子

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770029836

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 311

View: 3900

Chapters are organised by communicative function. Each presents several Japanese sentence patterns side-by-side with English equivalents (in the form of simple example sentences). The English equivalents are meant to give the English-speaking learner a clear idea of how the Japanese sentence pattern is actually used. Following each Japanese pattern and English equivalent is an explanation of the Japanese grammar, which gives the reader the necessary information to generate sentences using the pattern introduced. Example sentences in English and Japanese follow. There is also a
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Author: Joyce Yumi Mitamura,Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770020680

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 256

View: 543

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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Author: Eriko Satō

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527708332

Category:

Page: 352

View: 8596

Sie haben angefangen, Japanisch zu lernen, haben regelmäßig Kontakt zu japanischen Geschäftspartnern oder wollen Ihren Urlaub in Japan verbringen? In diesem Buch erfahren Sie alles über die Besonderheiten der Sprache, erhalten eine kurze Einführung in Betonung und Grammatik und lernen anhand von vielen typischen Alltagssituationen Japanisch zu sprechen. So können Sie sich nicht nur auf Japanisch vorstellen und Small Talk betreiben, sondern bekommen auch beim Einkaufen und im Restaurant das, was Sie wollen. Mit der CD zum Buch können Sie viele Sprachübungen anhören und nachsprechen.
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An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era

Author: Eiji Yoshikawa

Publisher: Vertical, Inc.

ISBN: 1568364512

Category: Fiction

Page: 984

View: 2002

The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi was the child of an era when Japan was emerging from decades of civil strife. Lured to the great Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 by the hope of becoming a samurai--without really knowing what it meant--he regains consciousness after the battle to find himself lying defeated, dazed and wounded among thousands of the dead and dying. On his way home, he commits a rash act, becomes a fugitive and brings life in his own village to a standstill--until he is captured by a weaponless Zen monk. The lovely Otsu, seeing in Musashi her ideal of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, but he is recaptured and imprisoned. During three years of solitary confinement, he delves into the classics of Japan and China. When he is set free again, he rejects the position of samurai and for the next several years pursues his goal relentlessly, looking neither to left nor to right. Ever so slowly it dawns on him that following the Way of the Sword is not simply a matter of finding a target for his brute strength. Continually striving to perfect his technique, which leads him to a unique style of fighting with two swords simultaneously, he travels far and wide, challenging fighters of many disciplines, taking nature to be his ultimate and severest teacher and undergoing the rigorous training of those who follow the Way. He is supremely successful in his encounters, but in the Art of War he perceives the way of peaceful and prosperous governance and disciplines himself to be a real human being. He becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and been touched by. And, inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival. Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the Way of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely. Full of gusto and humor, it has an epic quality and universal appeal. The novel was made into a three-part movie by Director Hiroshi Inagai. For more information, visit the Shopping area
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An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure

Author: Wayne P. Lammers

Publisher: Stone Bridge Press, Inc.

ISBN: 9781880656907

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 312

View: 9611

A "real manga, real Japanese" study guide and resource for language students and teachers
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Author: 神谷妙子

Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated

ISBN: 9784770026835

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 254

View: 1872

This handbook aims to present clearly and concisely the basics of Japanese verb construction and to demonstrate how verbs work within various sentence structures. Additional features include comprehension exercises, and an English-Japanese dictionary. This handbook aims to present clearly and concisely the basics of Japanese verb construction and to demonstrate how verbs work within various sentence structures. Part One deals with the conjugation of verbs: regular, semi-regular and irregular verbs. Conjugation practice for the student follows the description
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an introduction

Author: Toshiko Yamaguchi

Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 220

View: 1801

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 designe
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Roman

Author: Kenzaburô Ôe

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104908990

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Ein junger Mann findet sich in der neurologischen Abteilung einer japanischen Klinik wieder. Er trägt eine Taucherbrille, die ihn vom Außen abschirmt und glaubt, unheilbar krank zu sein. Einer Pflegerin erzählt er seine Lebensgeschichte, die zurückführt an den Tag, an dem er als Kind erlebte, wie sein Vater am Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs umkam. Kenzaburō Ōes Roman über die Traumata des Krieges – erzählt in poetisch komplexer Form.
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Author: Ken Bruen

Publisher: Atrium Verlag AG Zürich

ISBN: 3037920041

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Ken Bruen und Harry Rowohlt - zwei wie Pech und Schwefel "Mann, Jack, wo warst du denn?" "Zurückhaltung geübt. Ich lebe ohne Lullen, Koks und Alk." Er war erstaunt, sagte: "Ohne Lullen ... Ohne Koks ... Mensch, Jack, ich bin beeindruckt." Der Wachposten, seit Weihnachten im Halbkoma, hob den Kopf, sagte: "Bekommt Ihnen gut", und sackte zurück auf den Tresen. Nachdem er sich anlässlich des Geburtstags seines Vaters ins Delirium gesoffen hat, versucht Jack Taylor trocken zu bleiben. Es bleibt beim Versuch. Weniger vorhersagbar stolpert Jack aber auch in einen neuen Fall: Er soll eine Frau finden, die im berüchtigten Magdalenenstift gearbeitet und Mädchen zur Flucht verholfen hat, die dort misshandelt wurden. In der Folge - probiert er ein paar Pillen aus - hört er von einer Nonne namens Luzifer - demoliert er mehrere Unterkiefer und eine Schaufensterscheibe - wandert er in den Knast - und bekommt Alpträume, während im Hintergrund Losing My Religion läuft.
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Roman

Author: James Clavell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442359936

Category:

Page: 1247

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A Reference Guide to Sharing Emotion and Empathy

Author: Senko K. Maynard

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824828448

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 434

View: 9671

Feelings play an enormous part in our lives, but their expression is often neglected in foreign language education. How do I communicate happiness, surprise, or anger? How do others communicate these emotions to me? Such questions become increasingly relevant as we become more competent in the language we are learning. Expressive Japanese is the first detailed guide to emotion words and expressive strategies for students of the language. Words connoting feelings, such as kanashii (sad), are important in everyday Japanese conversation, but communicating emotions effectively also requires the use of expressive strategies, such as Nani? (What the heck?), Yattaa! (I did it!), or Hottoite! (Leave me alone!). Introductory chapters examine the characteristics, constraints, and history of expressive Japanese and discuss linguistic variations and styles and how these play a part in conveying emotion and empathy. There follow more than seventy entries that draw on hundreds of authentic examples taken from a variety of sources, including television dramas, comics, interviews, novels, essays, newspaper articles, and web sites. In these examples, students will find playful and creative
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Author: William Burley Lockwood

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 279

View: 5174

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