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As good as everyone says it is.,
This review is from: Making Sense of Japanese (Paperback)
This is a simple little book, in which the author draws on his experience of learning, teaching and translating Japanese to nail some of the knotty problems that plague those learning the language.
I was a bit sceptical on receiving this, and quickly flicking through, seeing nothing but English text and the odd bit of Japanese in Romaji, I was ready to be disappointed.
But, if you sit down with a beverage and treat yourself to some quiet time with this book, you will be rewarded. A large chunk of the book is a discussion on Wa and Ga, and students of Japanese will know just how thorny those two can be. The explanation of these particles, their meaning, nuance, usage and the absence of pronouns in Japanese sentences is the best you will find anywhere, I think.
In spite of the Romaji examples, I don't believe this book is really aimed at complete beginners, and the author pretty much states that. If you have been studying Japanese for a while and are getting to the point where you are thinking about writing proper sentences in Japanese, or trying to read or hear real, live versions of the language, then this is a handy little guide written in plain, sensible English (unlike most Japanese grammar books).