Has a great deal to offer the beginning student and much more to offer the intermediate student. Little more can be asked of a book on the Japanese language.
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Students of Japanese often say that Japanese is difficult to learn because of kanji, and it is certainly true that kanji present a formidable obstacle to beginning students. But once students have gained some facility with the language, most realize that kanji are not the only problem. At the intermediate or advanced level, what is required are means of expression that are culturally textured and contextually interwoven, which I imagine is true of any foreign language. At this stage, not only must students increase their general vocabulary and store of idiomatic expressions, but also realize that previously learned words and phrases must be transformed from locutions that are simple and fixed in meaning into ones that are multidimensional and many-layered. This book is an effort to help students do precisely that.
In my previous book in the Power Japanese series, Basic Connections: Making Your Japanese Flow, I took up relatively basic problems that my students often had trouble with in the classroom. In this book, I have chosen to treat issues that often appear in textbooks and other publications for intermediate and advanced students, such as sentence structure, idiomatic usage, and conjunctions. In particular, I have focused on expressions, such as ko-so-a-do words, whose meaning changes radically according to context. Further, I have made an effort to include problems that appear in the second and third levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test....