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Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication: A Self-Study Course and Reference [Paperback]

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An indispensable tool for acquiring basic communication skills in a limited amount of time.
With Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication, even absolute beginners can learn to communicate in Japanese in a matter of days. Designed specifically for native-English speakers approaching Japanese as a second language, this book presents 142 essential Japanese sentence patterns, first by giving equivalents in English, then following with Japanese translations. Each pattern is accompanied by a concise, easy-to-follow explanation and several Japanese example sentences that demonstrate its usage. In addition, practice sections for each pattern allow the student to test his or her understanding of the material presented.
Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication is organized into twelve chapters according to communicative function, including such tasks as making simple, declarative statements about people and things in the world; making comparisons; talking about events in the past, present and future; expressing desire, conjecture and intention;
stating causes or reasons; making requests; asking and giving permission; and using the passive and causative-passive voices. Extensive charts at the back of the book outline the rules for inflecting and conjugating adjectives and verbs-essential to fluent communication.

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Pages   311
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2005
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770029837  
ISBN13  9784770029836  

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More About Taeko Kamiya

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Taeko Kamiya was an internationally recognized linguist, teacher and author. She held masters degrees from the University of San Francisco and Monterey Institute of International Studies. She taught Japanese for twenty-five years at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey and wrote many books about the Japanese Language.

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One of the best japanese learning books out.  Aug 2, 2008
well this book is perhaps the best japanese learning books i own but i wouldn't call this a stand alone book if you get this book you should also get "japanese step by step" by gene nishi or "japanese grammar" second edition by carol and nobuo akiyama or both if possible.
Great reference  Nov 16, 2007
I use this series as a reference for my Japanese lesson. Couple of my students bought their own. Must have item if you are learning Japanese.

Very useful  Oct 28, 2007
If, like me, you like your language instruction focused on examples rather than explanations, this is the book for you. 142 sentence patterns are briefly explained and then shown in action. This gives you a FEEL for how they operate, rather than just useless abstract knowledge. Personally, I found the book extremely useful.

In fact, I grabbed my microphone and recorded the examples from the more difficult patterns as MP3 files. I play them back to myself on my iPod whenever I have a free moment. It's a very useful way to get these things to stick.

Two little nits:

1-Like all of Kamiya-sensei's book, this one is more useful than it is fun. It's good for you, but dry...hardly a barrel of laughs.

2-The book should make it clearer that this is far from an exhaustive catalog of japanese sentence patterns. These are the most common, but there are many more. The 142 patterns introduced here will get you well into Intermediate Territory if you master them, but nowhere near AdvancedLand.
japanese swan  Sep 4, 2007
The basic expressions appear in English and represent ideas or patterns to be expressed in Japanese. They are arranged from easiest tý most difficult. Each has a Japanese translation, highlighting the pattern to be learned then pattern is explained with example sentences. A big leap for novice birds to get wings for advanced flyings. Enthusiastically recommended. Hotondo kanzen ni (almost perfect).
Complete enough to be your 1st standalone introduction to Nihongo   Apr 24, 2007
This little gem packs in a lot of information. The sentences are written in kanji, romaji and English and the typeface and layout are easy on the eyes. I only know 300 kanji and this is a great way to review the old ones in context as well as learn new ones. Im using this (in addition to JAPANESE STEP BY STEP and GENKI) to prepare for my 1st college level Japanese class and Im happy with it.

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