Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure

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Japanese difficult? Study boring? No way! Not with this “real manga, real Japanese” approach to learning. Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life, an approach that is entertaining and memorable. As an introduction, as a jump-start for struggling students, or (with its index) as a ...

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Overview

Japanese difficult? Study boring? No way! Not with this “real manga, real Japanese” approach to learning. Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life, an approach that is entertaining and memorable. As an introduction, as a jump-start for struggling students, or (with its index) as a reference and review for veterans, Japanese the Manga Way is perfect for all learners at all levels.

Wayne P. Lammers has taught Japanese at the college level and is an award-winning literary and commercial translator. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Gr 10 Up-In concise, meticulous prose, Lammers intends to teach absolute beginners how to use manga to learn to speak and read conversational Japanese. This seems like a daunting task, and it is, but for someone who has the patience, drive, and desire to learn the language, the book will be an immense help. The author's primary method for teaching it is to present a panel or scene from a manga (a list of the manga used is included in an appendix), then offer a four-tier translation of what the character is saying. Beneath the written Japanese is the romaji ("Roman letters") text, then comes a word-for-word translation so nonnative speakers can understand the structure of the Japanese, and finally a polished translation that expresses what the sentence means in natural English. Between these panels and translations (which take up the bulk of each page) are detailed explanations of the grammar, pronunciation, and sentence structure of each example. Although Lammers suggests that this book will be useful for beginners, he presents information in such a fast-paced way that readers will best be served by using the book as a supplement to a language class. No exercises are included, but the author does recommend specific titles for the purpose of self-testing. This volume will be useful for libraries in schools in which Japanese is taught as well as public libraries serving college-bound patrons.-Steev Baker, Kewaskum Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880656907
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 301,325
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Raised in Japan, Wayne P. Lammers ( Ph.D. in Japanese) taught at the university level. He was translation editor for Mangajin and is considered one of the finest translators of Japanese literature today.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    A must have for those teaching themselves, but not for absolute beginners.

    I'm only about a third of the way done with the book and I've definitely seen some results with my Japanese. The book is well written, gives plenty of examples and the manga found in the book are old yet still enjoyable.

    I'd recommend that if any of you are thinking about getting this book, that you first make sure you know the kana (hiragana and katakana) and have a Japanese-English dictionary. It's not required since the book covers the kana and their pronunciation at the beginning but it does make it easier if you already have them memorized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Perfect Guide for Self Study Japanese

    This book is an easy, non-boring way to learn Japanese. Halfway through the book, you'll be able to parse sentences easily. This book also covers everything a beginner needs to know. After this book, you should be right around the intermediate level.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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