Making Sense of Japanese
What the Textbooks Don't Tell You
Paperback ISBN: 4770028024
Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy American's thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. Previously known as Gone Fishin', this book has brought Jay Rubin more feedback than any of his literary translations or scholarly tomes, "even if," he says, "you discount the hate mail from spin-casters and the stray gill-netter." To convey his conviction that "the Japanese language is not vague," Rubin has dared to explain how some of the most challenging Japanese grammatical forms work in terms of everyday English. Reached recently at a recuperative center in the hills north of Kyoto, Rubin declared, "I'm still pretty sure that Japanese is not vague. Or at least, it's not as vague as it used to be. Probably." The notorious "subjectless sentence" of Japanese comes under close scrutiny in Part One. A sentence can't be a sentence without a subject, so even in cases where the subject seems to be lost or hiding, the author provides the tools to help you find it. Some attention is paid as well to the rest of the sentence, known technically to grammarians as "the rest of the sentence." Part Two tackles a number of expressions that have baffled students of Japanese over the decades, and concludes with Rubin's patented technique of analyzing upside-down Japanese sentences right-side up, which, he claims, is "far more restful" than the traditional way, inside-out. "The scholar," according to the great Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume, is "one who specializes in making the comprehensible incomprehensible." Despite his best scholarly efforts, Rubin seems to have done just the opposite. Previously published in the Power Japanese series under the same title and originally as Gone Fishin' in the same series.
Collins Shubun English Japanese Gem Dictionary
Korinzu Shubun Ei-Wa Jiten
Paperback ISBN: 0004708237
. Over 27,000 references and 38,000 translations . Japanese characters given for recognition and writing, roman characters for pronunciation . Clear, user–friendly layout
Dk Eyewitness Travel Japanese Phrase Book
Paperback ISBN: 0789494906
A travel phrasebook for anyone planning a trip to Japan, this pocket-sized paperback includes all the essential words and phrases for every traveler. Even experienced speakers will benefit from the detailed cultural and travel-specific knowledge, and first-time speakers will find it easy to pick up the key words and phrases they need to get by. Easy to browse and easy to carry, it will travel with you wherever you go and give you language help at your fingertips. Part of the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides Phrase Book series. These pocket dictionaries give business and vacation travelers everything they need for a smooth, successful trip. Organized by subject, they help the traveler quickly find the vocabulary relevant to any situation, whether transportation, hotels, meals, shopping, post offices and banks, sports, or health care, and the phrasebook and glossary are accompanied by a pronunciation guide. At the end of each guide book is a 2,000-word mini-dictionary.
Beginner's Kana Workbook
Practice Drills for Writing Hiragana and Katakana
Paperback ISBN: 0844283738
Beginning This beginner's workbook helps students learn both hiragana and katakana writing systems. After learning hiragana writing, students move on to katakana. Then they write sentences containing both hiragana and katakana.
Tuttle Concise Japanese Dictionary
Japanese - English/ English - Japanese
Japanese Paperback ISBN: 4805308699
Completely revised and updated, this bi-directional dictionary features 15,000 fully-romanized entries with complete kanji and kana equivalents. Packaged in a durable vinyl cover, this is the most up-to-date and comprehensive dictionary of its size on the market today.
Barron's Traveler's Language Guide: Japanese
Japanese Paperback ISBN: 0764132083
Up-to-date in content, beautifully illustrated with color photos, packed with bilingual lists of vital words and phrases, and overflowing with helpful travel advice, this book is a perfect take-along for both business and vacation travelers to Japan. Page edges are color-tippeda different color for each sectionso that on-the-go travelers can refer to any one of 17 separate general topics and find the information they're looking for in a hurry. Color-coded topics include: - Culture and customs - Making travel arrangements in Japanese - Words and phrases for telling time, days of the week, seasons, and colors - Getting around in Japan via public transit, driving, or bicycling - Food and dining - Cultural sites, such as museums, theaters, and sports arenas - Many others A substantial red-coded section in this book is devoted to vocabulary. It gives travelers a bilingual dictionary in two sectionsfrom Japanese to English and from English to Japanese. Small enough for easy packing with travel luggage, and featuring a clear, vinyl jacket that will stand up to the wear and tear of many journeys, this book is both practical and good-looking. Titles in Barron's Traveler's Language Guides series are available for seven different languages and countries.