on 4 December 2001
This book is very useful for beginners who want to know how to change between the various verb forms without too much hassle. The example sentences are memorable, and quite useful although they don't cover all possible situations. Beginners and intermediate learners alike should find the book extremely useful because most section are quite independent of each other, not necessarily requiring one to know a certain part just to learn the subsequent one. It could get quite technical at times, but never boring. Definitely a very handy little book to have around!
on 10 May 2007
Despite its small size, this book covers topics glossed over by supposedly more complete references. For example, plenty of colloquial and informal verb forms are covered, and the last chapter is a reference of various idiomatic expression that take a verb base.
The book does have some downsides, though. Most of it is structured in a way more fitting for a guide than a reference. It takes the typical constructive approach of building verb forms starting with the base, useful for composing Japanese text, but less useful to a beginning student who would probably be more interested in reading, and would benefit from a deconstructive approach. Japanese text is presented in romanized and kanji forms, which isn't bad at all, but I would have preferred kanji with furigana only. And finally, the typography is a bit too busy, and the small, information-rich pages can be rather hard for your eyes.
Nevertheless, this book can greatly improve your understanding of Japanese, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any beginning and intermediate student!