Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar (Comprehensive Grammars) Paperback – 30 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Stefan Kaiser is Special Professor at Kokugakuin University, Japan, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Yasuko Ichikawa was previously Professor at the International Center, University of Tokyo, Japan.
Noriko Kobayashi was previously Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Hilofumi Yamamoto is Associate Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
Top Customer Reviews
I will be getting the new edition, and probably in hardback as I use the first edition every day. But I'm deeply disappointed as I would by far have preferred the ebook.
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This really limits the usefulness of the book in kindle format. Hopefully the publisher will release an updated version that resolves this issue so that the Japanese text is clear and legible.
In addition, very few books mention that kure is the blunt imperative of kureru. You would think that it would be kurero, but it's not. Martin's huge grammar of Japanese mentions this but almost no others. If you watch Japanese TV or have worked in a Japanese office (as I have) this is not uncommon. Katte kure, kopii shite kure and the like - a plain imperative used with an honorific verb - used all the time.
Also, their rundown on "nanka" is really good. I lot of books don't give this colloquial word the space it deserves. I could go on and on.
The only complaint I have is that, even though it is 700 pages, some of the explanations are a bit brief. But that is only because so much is being covered. I would give it 4 1/2 star really if I could because of this. Nevertheless this is a worthy book.
So how to use this book? I suspect many people will buy the book intending to keep it as a reference and just look up particular points when necessary, but I've decided to read through it from cover to cover. I test myself with every sentence, reading the Japanese example, and then translating it into English, before reading the English meaning. That way, I can practice not only the particular point being demonstrated, but also think about the meaning of other vocabulary and structures in the sentence.
I should point out that I bought the hard copy, and the second edition, so the negative comments about the kindle edition or the first edition don't apply. The Japanese print is very clear and a good size, and the grammatical points are arranged logically, as I mentioned above.
This is by far the most expensive single book I've ever bought, but I have no regrets at all. I just recommend that anyone who buys it makes use of it in the same way that I am and not just keep it as a reference.