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The Handbook of Japanese Verbs [Paperback]

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From the very earliest stages of study until far into the intermediate level, students of the Japanese language are continually scratching their heads over the usage of verbs. It is no wonder that they should feel the need for a solid reference book, one they can continually turn to throughout their studying careers. The Handbook of Japanese Verbs is just that book.
The Introduction takes the first step toward comprehension by pointing out the features of Japanese verbs that stand in contrast to their English counterparts, such as tense, politeness level, auxiliaries, and transitive and intransitive forms.
Part 1 shows through tables and concise commentary how Japanese verbs are categorized, conjugated, and combined with auxiliaries. Each form is followed by a short exercise, reinforcing the points just made.
Part 2 takes up the forms described in the first part and shows how they function in full-fledged sentences. Each discussion is followed by examples and exercises, ensuring that the student has understood the forms under discussion.
In the appendices, the student is offered a number of look-up methods, including an English-Japanese verb dictionary. This completes the apparatus necessary for a solid handbook on Japanese verbs, a book students can rely on for many years to come

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Item Specifications...

Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 15, 2001
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770026838  
ISBN13  9784770026835  

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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.

Taeko Kamiya has published or released items in the following series...
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In thy most need to go by thy side  May 15, 2008
Excellent grammar handbook. The field of "verbology" in Japanese seems at first sight a jungle (especially for those - like me- who do not master yet Japanese writing -especially kanjis- or grammatical structures), with this book you will find a trailblazer for future explorations. It provides a clear and systematic approach to the subject, the use of romaji characters is also of much help - hiraganas could have been used instead but that's not a necessity. Indexes following the main parts of the book give you a detailed map of your whereabouts.
Dull but vital  Oct 28, 2007
Like all of Taeko Kamiya's books, this one is simultaneously dull and vital. You get no gimmicks, no shiny drawings, no funky catchphrases or adorable characters. It's a book you trudge through rather than treasure and read amidsts oceans of giggles.

Still, I like it. There's no BS. The material is presented as straightforwardly as possible. The emphasis is on the examples rather than on the explanations. And this is stuff you just HAVE to know about if you're going to ever speak Japanese.

Arguably, though, you'd be better off buying Kamiya-sensei's Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication, which is similar but more comprehensive. Neither of these books is going to light up your day, but nobody ever said learning Japanese would be easy.
Need Help with Verbs...Get this book  Jul 18, 2007
I have been studying Japanese for almost 2 years now in a classroom with Japanese for busy people. Although these are good books they lack detail in certain aspects such as verbs and particles. If I had Handbook of Japanese verbs from the start I think I would be almost fluent by now or well on my way to be. The book breaks down verbs to an easy to understand format with exercise and answers in the back so that you know if you got it correct. Overall a really good book and you can't beat the price for this kind of help.
Essential for learning Japanese  Jan 18, 2007
Verbs are a major part of any language. This books shows conjugations and grammar points related to verbs. It's truly one of my favorite books for learning. I refer to it often when I want to say something. It's laid out well and easy to follow.
You'll Buy It, But Will It Really Help?  Jan 4, 2007
If you are white, male and like anime, you will want to learn Japanese so you can watch your favorite perversion in the native language.

You will not be able to understand any of it. Anime is too difficult for you to understand with just a couple of years of thumbing through JAPANEEZ 4 DUMMEEZ and awkwardly trying to hit on the Japanese exchange students with your lame pickup lines they can't understand.

This book is a good foundation to start learning verbs and, with diligent study, you can understand it when a Japanese girl who is offended by your flabby, greasy body and foul odor tells you to ______ off in Japanese.

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