on 6 March 2004
This is probably not a book for the absolute beginner, but I have only been studying Japanese for 4 months and this is now one of my favourite texts. In my class we are often asked “what particle goes here?” by our teacher. 9 times out of 10 we are guessing, Ni being the most common choice :p
This was my motivation to buy this book
This book is quite compact, a little smaller than A5. I have taken to carrying this around in my bag, and pulling it out for the occasional read. It does seem a little “geeky” to be reading a book about such a specific thing when I am still really just a beginner myself, but if you can get up the courage to buy it you wont regret it
WA for example (first in the book) is explained over the course of 3 pages. Presenting 5 ways in which the particle can be used within sentences, with 2 or 3 examples for each usage. Each example is presented in kana/kanji, romanji and English. So theres little need to refer to other texts whilst trying to comprehend the examples. As such, this makes the book very easy to read and not “heavy” at all, despite the subject matter
on 21 January 2009
From what I have read so far it seems like this is a great book.
The information is well structured (i.e. shows the more common particles/uses first and then the less common ones), it provides a brief, but clarifying, description of each particle, followed by examples presented in kana, kanji and roma-ji, aside from the english translation.
It also makes reference to particles which are used together and explanations on why this happens on some situations.
Overall a great, lightweight book and a must have especially if you are a serious student of Japanese.
on 21 March 2012
The basic purpose of the book is to provide detailed descriptions of 53 noun particles and 16 sentence particles, and it does a very good job of that: each particle is accompanied by several example sentences ('ni' even got 44 of them), both in romaji and kana/kanji. But that's not all! Since these sentences are intended to demonstrate the use of particles, they are high on kana and low on kanji, and I found them a pleasant way to get more acquainted with both, especially since the romaji is right below.
on 10 September 2013
This book is probably the best for explaining particles and their variety of uses, as well as providing example sentences and English translations. The book also makes note of areas where a particle can be substituted, such as ほどand ぐらい,or ばかりandだけ. It also very nicely explains the different nuances they carry depending on which particle is used, the degree of emphasis, and whether it's more written or spoken, male or female speech etc. This book also explains the differences between はandが very well, much better than most jlpt textbooks. T
However, although it includes the most important particles, it doesn't really touch to heavily on particle combinations, such as にも、でも ではetc. But it's a great reference book to complement your study, especially at beginner and intermediate level.
on 3 April 2013
This is the book I was looking for to help with my grammar. I am an upper beginner and have a decent grasp of the language, but I often come across particles that change the meaning in a way I am not familar with. I felt this book would be a great way to get some more basics down by learning more rules. There is a lot of content here, it's not just your bog standard particles such as に、と、が etc, but also connecting 'words' such as ばかり、ところで、だけ。しか etc. Very useful to have it all in one place to look at when you forget how the meanings change when reading these words. It goes into just about every way to use each with example sentences too - very useful for trying to nail the differences between は and が, or に and で.