Posts tagged: Japanese sentence structure

Japanese Essential Edition by Living Language

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: full introductory conversational course; audio CDs let you listen to most every Japanese word, sentence & dialogue in the book; each unit builds up from vocabulary words to phrases to sentences to dialogues; deals with quite a bit of beginner Japanese grammar; appendix includes vocabulary glossary & lengthy grammar summary; […]

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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 […]

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An Introduction to Modern Japanese (Book 2) by Bowring & Laurie

An Introduction to Modern Japanese is a challenging, rewarding year-long course that recieved an extremely high rating on this site. Book 2 offers a textbook full of practice exercises that complement every chapter of Book 1. (Don’t let the name fool you – this is a companion, NOT a sequel!) The activities do a thorough […]

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Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication by Taeko Kamiya

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: excellent sample Japanese sentences demonstrate how to form a variety of Japanese expressions; practice translation exercises for every sentence pattern; great index and phrase list makes expressions easy to find; expressions grouped into chapters by topic; extra examples of every sentence pattern; great explanations answer doubts but remain concise; appendix […]

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An Introduction to Modern Japanese by Richard Bowring & Haruko Uryu Laurie

Score: 10 / 10 Pros: very thorough presentation of beginner’s Japanese; will last a good year and still be a great reference afterward; does it all – writing, conversation, grammar, sentence structure, and plenty of activities (in book 2); introduces writing and uses the script immediately; covers kana and kanji; lots of examples, conversations and […]