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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415687373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415687379
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Format: Kindle Edition
What a shame! Such a terrible ebook edition of such an essential work. The Japanese text has been rendered as an extremely pale and slender image, which is illegible on my Kindle Keyboard and does not magnify along with the text. The book is unusable.

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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HASH(0x93ebb594) out of 5 stars Kindle Edition 27 Jun. 2014
By CHRISTOPHER D EDMONDSON - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is only regarding the kindle version of this book. The information in this book is very in depth but the sentences in Japanese script are scanned and in most cases are so blurry that they are not legible--again this issue is in the kindle version. I can't comment on the print version. There are other Japanese grammar books in Kindle format that have this same problem but there are also some others don't.

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x938bbc90) out of 5 stars A step up from 1st edition 19 Jun. 2013
By Gamera - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really fills a few holes left from other grammars. For example, in the section for beki, they mention subeki as well as suru beki. Unbelievably, some grammars don't mention this although 2/3 of the time, in Japan, you will hear subeki (I counted them on Japanese TV). Also, this book, as well, mentions beshi! This you also hear, especially in recent years.
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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93af7a98) out of 5 stars I love this book! 8 May 2013
By Andrew K - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is just what the title says, a comprehensive grammar. Unlike the first edition, which seemed to be ordered alphabetically by grammar point, this edition arranges the points in logical groupings which makes it much better for studying from. Also, aside from the initial 'dry' grammatical explanation, there are a number of interesting example sentences.

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.
12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a71ea0) out of 5 stars Not worth it (yet?) 8 Feb. 2013
By fayth - Published on Amazon.com
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This was supposed to be great for someone learning japanese but at this price there is no japanese font? Only some small pictures which on a 1080p 10 inch tablet are barely visible? There are other titles on the store, cheaper and with japanese fonts. To be fair the quality of the text and the book is great but for this kind of price everything ought to be top notch. I have no idea if this is possible but if, the book should be updated, its not much work to rewrite sentences is it?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a7af00) out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Feb. 2016
By Jinzei - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear, concise and extremely comprehensive. I come back to this book time and time again.
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