Item description for All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics) by Naoko Chino...
Students of Japanese are familiar with the term "particle," and realize that they, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. This handbook provides all the information one would need on these tricky units of grammar. All About Particles covers more than 70 particles those that are used regularly as well as those used less frequently in more than 200 uses. The book can be approached as a guiding textbook and studied from beginning to end. It is as a reference book, however, that All About Particles shines. It is light and easy to carry, slim enough to fit into the corner of a shoulder bag, and concise enough to quickly clarify particle-related questions. It is a priceless tool for any serious student of Japanese.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 21, 2001
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770027818 ISBN13 9784770027818
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More About Naoko Chino
NAOKO CHINO resides in Tokyo, where she is a lecturer at Sophia University. She is the author of All About Particles, Japanese Verbs at a Glance, and A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns, all published by Kodansha International.
Reviews - What do customers think about All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics)?
Awesome supplimentary book. May 2, 2008
I purchased this book when I was taking 100 level Japanese in college and it really helped me a lot with understanding the different particles. Particles are part of the backbone of Japanese language so you have to know them and this book really helps you do that. I recommend this book to anyone trying to learn Japanese.
Great Handbook Nov 20, 2007
I recommend this book to anyone studying Japanese. It is a great concise little book, which can be used as a reference or just to read through and get familiar with the usage. Included are many great examples, written in both Kanji and romaji, allowing learners of any level to dig in and get a handle on the ever elusive Japanese particle.
Excellent Source to Find Out About Japanese Particles May 30, 2007
Before describing the book, a word or two has to be mentioned regarding the publisher, Kodansha International. I don't know if it's because of the policy within Kodansha, or the Japanese culture in general, but you can feel the tidiness, accuracy, and meticulous nature of each author, and the effort expended in order to convey information to the reader the best possible way.
When first starting to learn Japanese on my own, I had tried grammar texts and dictionaries from two other publishers. I found out after a couple of months, that they only cause the reader great confusion, lack a lot of important concepts, the print is often ineligible, and the sentences are in Romaji and not in the native alphabet (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji), which is so necessary in order to learn the language properly. Other Kodansha publications which I found useful for learning Japanese are Kodanshas Essential Kanji Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People)The Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary (Japanese for Busy People)Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English English-JapaneseJapanese Verbs at a Glance (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics)The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs (Kodansha's Children's Classics)
The material is divided into groups of particles. The most common particles are presented first. The description for each particle is divided into sections. Each section discusses a different meaning and use of the particle. The particle "de" for example, means "a place where an action takes place", "the means by which the action is performed", as well as "the reason of the action". Each section includes a heading, which describes the particular meaning associated with the particle, and then follows with three sentences each in Japanese, Romaji, and English, where this particle is used. Where appropriate, a cross reference is given, regarding the use of different particles for the same situation. For example, "ni" indicates the location of a short term action, whereas "de" indicates the location of a long term action. The particles in each Japanese and English sentence are highlighted in bold, making it easier for the reader to pinpoint it. The index is in English. Sometimes the English translation isn't the way it is spoken in the US, but I don't see it as a major drawback.
In short, I recommend it for every English speaking Japanese student learning on his or her own, or even as supplementary material at college.
Beautiful Work! Mar 12, 2007
This book was indespensable in my study of Japanese. The 69 different particles are all explained and used in examples. This makes an excellent supplement for study in a class and it is even good for independent students as well. There is another book by the same author called "How to tell the Difference Between Japanese Particles." It is every bit as good as this book, but its format is different. In this book, the particles are simply explained one by one. In "How to tell the Difference," the particles are grouped according to their function, in categories like "expressions of time" and so on. Either book would be excellent, but have a look at that one before choosing, so you can study with the format best for you. I personally like this one, because I look up unfamiliar particles more than I simply study them.
Great for any student. Mar 5, 2007
This book is wonderful. With how complicated the Japanese language is, this book has made it a bit easier dealing with all the particles and how they are used.
I am in first level Japanese and I love this book. I even bring it with me to class for reference and it has helped me greatly.