or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a 6.44 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Using Japanese: A Guide to Contemporary Usage [Paperback]

William McClure

RRP: 25.99
Price: 25.21 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: 0.78 (3%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 30 July? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover 67.59  
Paperback 25.21  
Trade In this Item for up to 6.44
Trade in Using Japanese: A Guide to Contemporary Usage for an Amazon Gift Card of up to 6.44, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

9 Nov 2000 0521646146 978-0521646147 Bilingual
This book, first published in 2000, is a guide to Japanese usage for students who have already acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. Unlike conventional grammars, it gives special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar which cause most difficulty to English-speakers. Careful consideration is given throughout to questions of style, register, and politeness which are essential to achieving an appropriate level of formality or informality in writing and speech. There are also sections dealing with a selection of common social rituals such as greetings, introductions and apologies. Clear, readable and easy to consult via its two indexes, this is an essential reference for learners seeking access to the finer nuances of the Japanese language.

Frequently Bought Together

Using Japanese: A Guide to Contemporary Usage + Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar (Comprehensive Grammars)
Buy the selected items together


Product details


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

"...the reader will find in UJ [Using Japanese] much useful advice for enriching his or her expressive potential in Japanese, as well as many passages of delightful reading on Japanese language and society." Journal of Japanese Studies

Book Description

This book, first published in 2000, is a guide to Japanese usage for students who have acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. It gives special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar which cause most difficulty to English-speakers, and to questions of style, register, and politeness.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.co.uk.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 21 Dec 2001
By Magnus Lewan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is essentially a grammar, but it leaves out the simple basics and continues where a school grammar would stop. It assumes that you master the hiragana and katagana alphabets, but for the kanji there is almost always a pronounciation guide. It takes time to read, as the text is concentrated, but it's not difficult, and one gladly reads one chapter after the other. Generally it's both interesting and useful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Work Indeed 2 April 2010
By J. FELLA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Before the formal review, I'd like to mention that I have probably 30 books on Japanese grammar, particles, idioms, etc. so I've seen a lot of what is out there. I have been studying Japanese for almost 20 years. This book is a rare gem for several reasons. First, just as one of the previous reviewers says, this book does expand on things that normal grammar books seem to cut short. For example, the third section is called "Grammar and Verbal Strategies." This section alone is worth the price of the book. It really focuses on several aspects of Japanese grammar and tell you exactly what the differences and nuances are between similar structures. Japanese students will know the "conditional" forms such as "tara" "to" and "toki" etc. Most books leave out some very important information on the nuances between these forms. Not this book. You will know EXACTLY when to use each one, or when not to use them.

Another highlight in this section is talking about the forms "You" "rashii" and "mitai". Japanese students know these forms are very similar, and often times interchangeable, but this book CLEARLY defines the differences.

But it doesn't stop there. There is just so much packed into this book, that every page is like a study session in and of itself. It's like the authors were trying to pack as much into the book as they possibly could, and boy they couldn't have fit anymore in without making the book longer.

I simply cannot recommend this book enough. If you are a beginner or even an intermediate student, do yourself a huge favor and buy this book. It's that good.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 25 Jan 2004
By Jesse D. Watson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There was a huge hole in the market for a book like this, and it is now filled. What troubles me is that it seems to be out of print. Or is it still in print in the expensive, hardback version?
Whatever the case, students of Japanese owe it to themselves to get their hands on a copy. It seems to do everything right. And what it lacks in cute pictures or multiple colors, it makes up for in content and intelligence of presentation. First of all, there is no romanji. Everything is carried out via katakana/hiragana and kanji (though the kanji has furigana so you will never be lost for the reading--a great touch). This is a huge plus. Romanji is so distracting, and if you already know the basics of the language, which this book assumes, you will know the scripts. Therefore, why use romanji?
Secondly, the book is just plain useful for delving deeper into the language and understanding it. For instance, I opened it to a section of the differences in particles. Exactly what constitutes the use of "wa" "ga" or "wo"? How do you know which to use, other than just through having a "feeling" for which is correct? Well, this book will tell you.
When a book this valuable (and going out of print??) comes along, I am almost tempted to get another copy in case something happens to my first one. If you can snap this up used, do it. If you have to pay $65 for a hardback edition, do that, too. Do whatever it takes to get this book. There just isn't anything else that can replicate it (although Kodansha's array of books comes close).
I can't recommend this more highly.
3.0 out of 5 stars This does have a few very nice explanations for some grammatical concepts that are often confusing ... 20 July 2014
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This does have a few very nice explanations for some grammatical concepts that are often confusing for English speakers. Unfortunately, this book is plagued by endless lists of grammar point examples that do little to reinforce the simple concepts they're meant to illustrate. Common word prefixes and suffixes are sometimes given half a page of examples--hardly necessary, tedious, and almost enough to make me put down the book before getting to some of the really good explanations. If you're going to read this text, I'd recommend briefly skimming the lists and getting to the real explanations unless you're studying vocabulary.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback