The Dictionary of Japanese Grammar series (there is also an intermediate and advanced book) is a must for every Japanese learner's bookshelf. This book covers about 200 grammatical phrases and constructions--all organized alphabetically. Have a question how to properly use ~tara? Look under "T." How about "koto ga aru"? Look under "K." Just about any grammatical construction a beginner will come across has an entry. In addition, there are extensive articles on word order, particles, pronouns, passive voice, politeness, and much more.
The long-awaited follow-up to the bestselling Japanese language book, A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar. In order to advance beyond beginning-level Japanese, students must develop facility in handling a variety of language issues both in written and in spoken Japanese, e. g., knowledge of complex sentence structures for reading authentic texts, mastery of conjunctions and transitional phrases for coherent sentence production, familiarity with nuances among related expressions for conveying ideas accurately, and other information. The entries in this volume address just such concerns. Arranged in dictionary form, with an abundance of example sentences, A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar goes beyond the basic to provide students with information which is essential to the mastery of intermediate-level Japanese.Contents:--Topic for Intermediate JapaneseThis section explains aspects of grammar which are necessary and useful for intermediate-level studies, including inter-sentential reference, tense and formality switching, strategies for conversation, and tips on how to properly interpret complex sentences. --Main EntriesDrawing from intermediate-level textbooks and other teaching materials, the authors have identified 200 grammatical items to be included here. Each entry contains a detailed, easy-to-understand explanation which provides not only the basic information on that entry, the subtle difference between similar expressions in other words, information that regular textbooks do not provide. --AppendicesThis section contains additional invaluable information, such as lists of expressions arranged according to function; rules for deciphering katakana loan words, and charts of compound verbs, compound particles, conjunctions, and affixes.
The acclaimed, best-selling Japanese grammar dictionary series now complete!A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar, the third volume in the widely-acclaimed, bestselling Japanese grammar dictionary series, is designed to introduce students of Japanese to advanced-level Japanese grammar expressions and help them deepen their understanding of the critical and subtle differences in meaning and usage between the target expressions and other synonymous expressions. Following the same format as the previously published volumes, A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar and A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar, the book offers approximately 230 Japanese grammar items that are believed to be highly important for students striving to master advanced-level Japanese and also for instructors who teach Japanese at that level. This book is especially useful when reading advanced-level materials such as newspapers, professional journals, technical/business/legal documents, academic papers, and literature.Contents: --Special Topics in Advanced Japanese Grammar This section focuses on six topics: adjective classification in Japanese, interpretations of “N1 no N2,” concepts of politeness and formality, meanings of rhetorical questions, metaphorical expressions, and number marking in Japanese.--Main Entries Which have been carefully selected by examining upper-level textbooks and other teaching materials. Each entry offers detailed and lucid descriptions of its meanings and usages, along with abundant examples showing authentic usage. In-depth comparisons between the target expression and expressions similar to it in meaning or form (approximately 430 items in all) are also included. --IndexesThe English Index enables students to look up the book’s main entries using English. The Japanese Index is comprehensive; it includes all the main entries and related expressions that appear in this book and in DBJG and DIJG.