Japanese: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 1

Japanese: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 1

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by Eriko Sato
     
 

Say sayonara to your fears of speaking Japanese!

Interested in learning to speak Japanese but feel intimidated by the complex characters and pronunciations? No need to worry! Even if your only experience is ordering sushi, Japanese Demystified will have you saying konnichiwa to your new language skills in no time.

Beginning with a review of Japanese writing

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Overview

Say sayonara to your fears of speaking Japanese!

Interested in learning to speak Japanese but feel intimidated by the complex characters and pronunciations? No need to worry! Even if your only experience is ordering sushi, Japanese Demystified will have you saying konnichiwa to your new language skills in no time.

Beginning with a review of Japanese writing systems, basic pronunciation, and everyday expressions, this book covers key grammar fundamentals such as particles, nouns, verb forms, and honorifics. You'll build your Japanese vocabulary with essential words and phrases and quickly master this challenging language. Test yourself at the end of every chapter for reinforcement that you're fast on your way to speaking, writing, and understanding Japanese.

This fast and easy guide features:

  • Clear and straightforward explanations of Japanese grammar fundamentals
  • Numerous examples of simple and complex sentence structures
  • Japanese hiragana, katakana, and kanji with phonetic transliterations for all Japanese words

  • Helpful writing and speaking exercises that bring the Japanese language to life
  • Coverage of everyday topics as well as conversational expressions
  • Quizzes at the end of each chapter to reinforce new material

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for a more experienced student, Japanese Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this complex language.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071477260
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Series:
Demystified Series
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Eriko Sato, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Japan Center and the founding director of the Pre-College Japanese Language Program at The University of New York at Stony Brook. She is the author of Contemporary Japanese and Japanese For Dummies.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction
PART 1 IDENTIFYING PEOPLE AND THINGS
Chapter 1
Pronouncing and Writing Japanese Words
Basic Japanese Sounds and Romaji
The Japanese Writing Systems
Familiar Japanese Words

Chapter 2
Identifying People and Things
Referring to People
Identifying People and Things
Using Demonstratives
Using Everyday Phrases

Chapter 3
Asking Questions
The Question Particle か ka
Asking Who is it?
Asking What is it?
Asking Where is it?
The Japanese-Speaking World

Chapter 4
Describing People and Things
Some Useful Adjectives
Asking How is it?
Creating a Modifier Using a Noun and the Particle の no
Using Numbers 1-10

Chapter 5
Expressing Existence and Location
The Verbs います imasu and あります arimasu
Expressing What Exists
Expressing What You Have
Expressing the Location of People and Things
Using Numbers 11-99

TEST AFTER PART 1

PART 2 TALKING ABOUT ACTIONS

Chapter 6
Expressing Coming and Going
Japanese Verb Forms
Verbs of Coming and Going
Making Suggestions and Invitations
Some Useful Particles
Using Numbers 100-99,999

Chapter 7
Expressing What You Do
Verb Conjugation
Verbs of Activities
Verbs of Giving and Receiving
Colors
More About Using Numbers

Chapter 8
Talking About the Past
The Past Tense Forms in the Polite Style
Indefinite Pronouns and Negative Pronouns
Some Useful Particles
Talking about Experiences
Describing People and Things More Specifically
Some Absolute Time Expressions

Chapter 9
Using the Te-Form
Te-Form
Listing Actions and Properties Using the Te-form
Requesting with Te-form + 下さい kudasai
Giving Directions
Te-Form + いる iru

Chapter 10
Asking for Permission
Permission and Prohibition
Obligation and Discretion
Permissibility and Minimal Requirement
Potential and Ability
Sports and Hobbies
TEST AFTER PART 2
PART 3 STATING FACTS

Chapter 11
Stating Your Opinions
The Plain Forms of Verbs and Adjectives
Embedded Sentences
Embedded Questions
Expressing "Or"
Some Useful Modals
Asking Why

Chapter 12
Creating Adverbs and Adverbial Clauses
Adverbs Derived from Adjectives
Mimetic Words
Adverbials for Time
Adverbials for Reasons and Causes
Adverbials for Contrast or Contradiction
Adverbials for Purposes
Adverbials for Manner
Chapter 13 Comparing People and Things
Comparing Two Items
Making Superlative Comparisons
Chapter 14 Creating Complex Phrases and Clauses
Auxiliary Verbs and Adjectives that Follow the Stem Form
Creating Complex Modifiers
Creating Sentence-Like Noun Modifiers
Chapter 15 Indicating Changes
Using the VerbsするSuru and なるNaru to Indicate Change
Some Useful Particles
Things You Wear

TEST AFTER PART 3


PART 4 EXPRESSING IMPLICATION, ATTITUDE, AND PERSPECTIVE
Chapter 16
Expressing Implication
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Auxiliary Verbs that Follow the Te-form
Expressing One’s Desire
Listing Actions and Properties
Chapter 17 Expressing Attitude
More Useful Modals
Useful Pragmatic Particles
Expressing Free Choice
Plants and Animals
Chapter 18 Considering and Planning Your Actions
Commands
Using the Volitional Form
Conditionals
More Terms for Occupations and Professions
Chapter 19 Changing the Perspective
Passive Constructions
Causative Constructions
Causative-Passive Constructions
Loanwords
Chapter 20 Using Honorifics
Japanese Honorifics
Honorific and Humble Verb Forms
Honorific/Polite Noun Forms
Honorific/Polite Adjective Forms
Honorific/Polite Question Words

TEST AFTER PART 4


FINAL EXAM

Appendix A: Sentence Predicates in Japanese
Appendix B: Verb Forms
Japanese-English Glossary
English-Japanese Glossary
Answer Key
Index

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