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Fundamentals of Japanese Grammar: Comprehensive Acquisition Hardcover – 15 Mar 2007

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Yuki Johnson is associate professor of Japanese linguistics and undergraduate program coordinator in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent 6 Oct. 2012
By J. FELLA - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been studying Japanese for 20 years, and I own many grammar books. If I had to pick two of the best, this would be one of them, along with "Using Japanese" which I also review here on Amazon. This covers all the basic and intermediate grammar you would need in order to communicate comfortably in every day life and beyond. I honestly don't have anything negative to say about this book. It is well-structured, thorough, and gives tons of examples for each grammatical concept. If you want a good reference book to come back to for years to come, this won't let you down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Book for Japanese Language Learners 12 Dec. 2015
By Gina C Camozzi - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book to help me study grammar for the JLPT N4, and will continued to use it in my study of Japanese (self-study). Overall, I am very happy with this book. Like other reviewers have stated, it really does do an excellent job of breaking the grammar down and explaining the intricacies of usage rather than just giving you a formula and some examples. It gets quite technical, but that's unavoidable in learning a foreign language.

The reason why I give this book four stars instead of five is because of a number of simple editorial errors. I've found occasional spelling errors, and there are a few page numbers listed in the index that don't correctly correspond to the pages on which the content is actually found.

All in all, awesome book. I'd recommend it to anyone who is serious about studying Japanese.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource 28 Dec. 2015
By Aijo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really great book. It was for sale at my university bookstore when I was taking Japanese. I find it to be a great help for the beginner levels of Japanese, and a great reference book that you will be able to use throughout all of your Japanese studies. It is has a lot of good information and explanations, and the author often uses diagrams to help visualize grammatical points, which is great. I recently started reading it again, and it really is a good review. I definitely recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Sept. 2016
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Great handbook for Japanese grammar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Grammer: a pillar for becoming proficient 12 Feb. 2009
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I have been studying Japanese on my own. Being in a line of work where self-study is a requirement for advancement, I needed a resource that would help explain the general structure of the Japanese language, so I could organize a plan for acquiring the language at my own pace. This book is one of those pillars. If you have a solid knowledge of the hiragana and a basic yet formal understanding of the syntax of written Japanese, this book will work for you. On each page, the kanji are presented with rubi the FIRST time. After that, you have to remember the reading just for that page. The rubi is repeated elsewhere. Lack of kanji memorization is not a hindrance to using this book. The illustrations are basic diagrams in black and white that explain the sentence structure. There are no pictures of people, locations,etc.

The author does a clinical, yet thorough job of explaining how the Japanese language is organized. It helps you to anchor yourself in the sea of words and sounds. The explanations do not require expertise in linguistics. It is not leisure reading but persistence should pay off.
The key is getting clued into the organization of the foreign language so you can identify your weak spots and better direct your studies: particles/postpositions, verbal and adjectival types, etc. You do not need to be an expert in everything at once. But the basic grammar is important if you want to be a fluent speaker. This will not automatically make you speak fluent Japanese. That takes time, practice and LANGUAGE CDS. But, it may help you with listening and reading comprehension of authentic Japanese. You want to understand enough to build up the confidence that you can become a competent reader, writer and speaker of Japanese.
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