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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, if you can get hold of it, 12 Aug 2002
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oja7 "oja7" (Huddersfield, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Japanese Core Words and Phrases: Things You Can't Find in a Dictionary (Kodansha's Children's Classics) (Paperback)
Most other ther books only teach you the meaning of words. If you've looked further into Japanese you'll know that the ways those individual words can be used together can make little sense to those of us who grew up speaking temporal Western languages.
Similar in aim and format to Chino's sentence patterns book, this tackles that contextual side of the language that is hardest for us to understand and if your aim is to speak or just understand Japanese as it is spoken by Japanese people then this is one of a core of only a few text books that can really help you.
A phrase or group of phrases is taken, put into a few appropriate contexts and may be offered further explanation. There are no exercises or tests, just a solid breakdown and explanation of the nuances of the Language.
There's not a lot else to say about the book itself other than it is written in English with translations in Japanese script that is oriented mainly around Hiragana and less around the Kanji.
Not for beginners but immensely helpful
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners or intermediates!, 20 July 2006
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I. Obrien "Ob1" (Dublin) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Japanese Core Words and Phrases: Things You Can't Find in a Dictionary (Kodansha's Children's Classics) (Paperback)
...this is not really a criticism, as I have slowly picked up some useful stuff from this book - but it's not an easy one to read thru!! It's quite advanced. There's no real indication of that on the book or synopsis itself though.
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