Category: Grammar Guides

Master the Basics: Japanese by Nobuo & Carol Akiyama

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: see pros for Barron’s Japanese Grammar; review exercises/tests for every unit; tests a bit conventional but well thought out Cons: see cons for Barron’s Japanese Grammar; Japanese text is now printed in black rather than stand-out dark red; more of a well-crafted grammar reference than a lesson guide Part of […]

Tuesday January 5th, 2010 in Grammar Guides | Comments Off on Master the Basics: Japanese by Nobuo & Carol Akiyama

Japanese Step by Step by Gene Nishi

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: good pacing and organization between chapters and sections; great use of and number of examples; all examples in full Japanese script as well as romaji with intonation; wonderfully focused explanations attuned to the needs of busy adult learners looking to understand grammar; decent extra material; great for adult learners looking […]

Wednesday December 30th, 2009 in Grammar Guides, Lesson Books | Comments Off on Japanese Step by Step by Gene Nishi

Speak Like Native Speakers Japanese Verb Conjugation I by Isoko Durbin

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: pushes for a traditional Japanese way of learning verbs that clears up the difficulties in the Western way of learning Japanese verbs; clearly and easily shows how Japanese verb + auxiliary (roots + affixes) are put together; goes over a wide variety of verb constructions; tables and examples illustrate each […]

Wednesday December 2nd, 2009 in Grammar Guides | Comments Off on Speak Like Native Speakers Japanese Verb Conjugation I by Isoko Durbin

Japanese Verbs and Essentials of Grammar by Rita Lampkin

Score: 5 / 10 Pros: coverage of most every topic of basic and intermediate Japanese grammar; lots of examples; good index and table of contents; if you come to this book looking for examples to clarify a specific construction, you’ll find what you’re looking for Cons: specific words and endings are listed with examples, without […]

Wednesday October 7th, 2009 in Grammar Guides | Comments Off on Japanese Verbs and Essentials of Grammar by Rita Lampkin

Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs & Handbook of Japanese Verbs, by Taeko Kamiya

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: these books cover every major aspect of Japanese verbs or adjectives; uses Japanese script and Romanization for all examples; multiple examples of every construction; practice exercises; short but relevant usage explanations for each construction Cons: missing a topic index; exercises are basic (you’ll need more practice for mastery); some pages […]

Wednesday October 7th, 2009 in Grammar Guides | Comments Off on Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs & Handbook of Japanese Verbs, by Taeko Kamiya

Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure by Wayne Lammers

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: price; great real-life Japanese manga examples for each topic; examples are well formatted for learners; explanations of each topic are spot on; covers a huge array of beginning and intermediate language topics Cons: missing any systematic treatment of writing, but expects you to read hiragana, katakana and some kanji; grammar […]

Thursday October 1st, 2009 in Grammar Guides, Lesson Books | Comments Off on Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure by Wayne Lammers

Barron’s Japanese Grammar by Carol and Nobuo Akiyama

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: low price; small and compact; covers every major topic of grammar; great organization; easy to search index and table of contents; real-life Japanese examples for every grammatical point; even includes verb, classifier and number tables! Cons: no Japanese script (only romaji, or Romanization); not in-depth enough for advanced students Barron’s […]

Wednesday September 23rd, 2009 in Grammar Guides | Comments Off on Barron’s Japanese Grammar by Carol and Nobuo Akiyama

All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words by Naoko Chino

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: well organized; lots of full-sentence usage examples; covers enough particles and uses to please even seasoned students; entries all have script and transliteration Cons: limited in scope; usage-based examples suggest further study that this book can’t provide; a light reference As a Japanese learner, I have been thoroughly impressed with […]

Thursday September 3rd, 2009 in Grammar Guides | Comments Off on All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words by Naoko Chino

501 Japanese Verbs (Barron’s Foreign Language Guides) by Roland Lange and Nobuo Akiyama

Score: 3 / 10 Pros: 501 verbs with all forms and endings; clean list format; decent introduction Cons: no usage examples in context for most verbs; hardly any script (kana and kanji); Japanese verbs largely regular, making this selection of verbs largely unnecessary The Barron’s 501 Verbs series offers a learner-oriented compendium of – you […]

Wednesday September 2nd, 2009 in Grammar Guides | Comments Off on 501 Japanese Verbs (Barron’s Foreign Language Guides) by Roland Lange and Nobuo Akiyama