JAPANESE STUDY BOOK
Sure, they can help—but to learn Japanese fundamentals you’ll need a good old-fashioned textbook. Japanese textbooks teach you the language in its most correct form. They guide you step-by-step through major grammar points, crucial vocabulary and forms of speech. And beyond textbooks, there is a wealth of reference books, dictionaries Studying with the main, all-Japanese textbook will force you to figure. Maybe your Japanese tutor has suggested you pick a textbook to study from, or maybe you just prefer to study from a book. Anyway, there is a.
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We'll be updating the list from time to time, so if there's a book you Minna no Nihongo (Japanese Learning for Everybody) (3A Corporation). In the 10+ years I've been studying Japanese, I have bought piles and piles of Japanese language books, always with the idea of looking for the one to rule. Are you a student of Japanese and in need of a quick reference guide to help you study beginning Japanese grammar? Look no further! Japanese Study Guide.
Verbs aren't introduced until you've almost reached book two. Instead, you spend a lot of time learning numbers, shapes, colors, and adjectives. There's no audio CD or listening practice, but you can get some free supplments from the accompanying website. We think these are great books for kids and perfectly paced for the younger demographic. But that doesn't mean older learners can't benefit. Students who feel intimidated by other textbooks should be able to breeze right through Japanese from Zero!
Japanese the Manga Way isn't a "textbook" in the traditional sense; it's more of a fun supplement. But it's a very useful , fun supplement. In lessons, the book introduces bite-size grammar explanations with accompanying examples from real manga. The explanations are accessible and the manga reinforces the target concepts.
You shouldn't make this your primary study resource, but instead use it to get alternate explanations for grammar points you're learning in a more formal textbook. After reading through those reviews, it might be tough to parse all the information you've been handed.
That's why we added this easy-to-read, digestible table for your reference. Textbooks can only cover so much. They give you a solid foundation in Japanese, so you can go out into the wild with the tools to learn all the other little things that exist in the language and culture. These tools should consist of vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and some kanji too. Bottom line: Some topics are so big or so complicated you need an entire book on just that one topic.
This is where reference books come in. They can help you understand much more than textbooks and teachers. Below, we'll go over some we think you should use to supplement your Japanese learning. All sixty-nine particles are ordered by frequency, many of the context sentences provide two English translations for clarity, and there are helpful notes offering further explanation throughout the book.
Particles are tough because we don't have them in English; they're difficult to define and seem to only supply context to sentences, not actual meaning. All About Particles attempts to show all of the different usages of all particles in Japanese with short explanations and supporting context sentences.
There is also romaji under each Japanese sentence if you aren't familiar with the kanji. Because it uses example sentences to show context, it's more useful once you've made your way through at least one beginner Japanese textbook.
However, it's also helpful as a reference to provide more context as you learn these particles in your textbook or class of choice. And the sentences don't go too far beyond the beginner level, so students should be able to understand the meanings and the context for each particle.
When you're learning another language it's important to know how the grammar of your own language works first. You may use English just fine, but understanding it with terms like "predicate" and "direct object" and "causative" may not be so easy. English Grammar for Students of Japanese is a reference book you can either read through in one sitting or use to look up specific explanations during your studies.
There are explanations for each section of the English language and how they relate to Japanese. There are even example sentences, extra notes, as well as summaries and reviews with an answer key in the back of the book. If you're having trouble understanding Japanese grammar in relation to English because of linguistic terms or because you never learned it, this book helps bridge the gap. Unfortunately, it's not formatted well and there are a few English typos here and there. Another issue is all of the Japanese is presented in romaji.
But it's a very useful reference if you haven't taken an English class in a while or if your native language is something else. This is a reference for kun'yomi homophones in Japanese: While the Internet can be a good place to look up questions about kun'yomi homophones, sometimes it takes longer to find an answer online than it does with one, solid resource especially if you're new to Japanese and you aren't comfortable typing it yet.
The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide helps beginners understand the differences in meaning and usage for words that seem to be the same thing at first glance.
Set up in English alphabetical order, this small book lists words by their readings. Each reading then has all possible spellings with kanji and definitions to help you learn the differences. This book is especially helpful for beginners learning kanji and focusing more on verbs.
One of the most difficult things about learning Japanese is onomatopoeia those words that sound like the sounds they represent.
But if you start learning them early, like say, at the beginner level, they can be much easier to recognize, understand, and put into your own language. Nothing makes you sound more like a native speaker than proper onomatopoeia use. This book has an essential introduction. It's not written by the author of the rest of the book, but it explains everything you need to know about Japanese onomatopoeia.
The rest focuses on short dialogues between two people in certain scenarios. In these dialogues, new onomatopoeia are introduced in bold and afterwards they are defined in English with example sentences. The Japanese sentences have furigana followed by romaji and provide English translations at the end of each dialogue.
There are also tons of notes to help explain context, colloquialisms, and set phrases. Every section has a fill-in-the-blank quiz at the end so you can practice the new onomatopoeia. Most textbooks and classrooms never cover onomatopoeia, so this is a great book to add to your list.
You may not understand all of it, but the introduction is a must read. This handbook's goal is to teach new learners that verbs are much simpler in Japanese than in most other languages and because of that, you shouldn't be afraid! It dives into tenses, verb types, and conjugations, providing a solid foundation for verb usage in Japanese. And it reads more like a verb-focused textbook than a typical supplement. Once you learn basic types of verbs, the book goes straight into teaching conjugations.
Each of these conjugations is presented with "sentence patterns" they're commonly used with. Thanks to these patterns, the book covers far more grammar than even some beginner textbooks.
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Each sentence is in romaji, then Japanese without furigana , and finally English. At the end of each conjugation section is a practice section where you can use what you've learned.
One thing to remember is most of the content in The Handbook of Japanese Verbs will be taught or at least, should be in your textbook of choice.
While you shouldn't replace the content there with this book, it can be used as a supplement, especially the practice sentences. Also, some of the language used is difficult to understand if you aren't familiar with English grammatical terms, but the sentences and practice sections don't require that knowledge.
The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs is very much the same as The Handbook of Japanese Verbs , in that it's formatted the same way and written by the same author. While the book calls itself a "dictionary," it's much more like a textbook that teaches grammar through adjectives and adverbs. This book is a two-in-one, with the first half dedicated to adjectives and the second to adverbs.
Adjectives focus on conjugations plus grammar, which is especially important when learning from English, which doesn't conjugate adjectives.
Adverbs focus on grammar usage since they don't conjugate , making this even more of a textbook-type grammar resource than a typical "dictionary. It probably won't cover the same content as your textbook in the way the verb handbook does, but it has the same formatting, style, and tone of voice.
It assumes you know everything about English grammar, but it has tons of example sentence and practice sections—making it a great beginner resource to solidify your adjective and adverb knowledge. Sometimes you just need more.
Best Books to Learn Japanese
You need mountains of reference information to answer a specific question or problem you're facing in your Japanese studies. That's where dictionaries come in. Below are the books we recommend for looking up words, grammar, particles, onomatopoeia, and more. The Dictionaries of Japanese Grammar are the most recommended books from the Tofugu staff to learners of Japanese.
There are three total, but the first book is a must have for all students, no matter what method they're using to study. As Koichi said in his review of all three , "No single resource nor any combination of webpages and resources even comes close to what the Dictionary of Japanese Grammar book series has to offer.
While these are "dictionaries," they hold much more information than most people would expect from a typical dictionary. And the Basic book contains more grammar than most beginner textbooks and classes cover.
The dictionaries are in English alphabetical order, for easy reading. Each grammar point is a nice bright red and there is normal dictionary information like parts of speech, English meaning, and so much more. For one thing, each grammar point is marked with a little number afterward, because the series covers every single possible meaning and usage of that one word or phrase.
Beneath the entries are "key sentences" which are in Japanese sometimes with furigana , with romaji and English translations underneath and marking of important parts of speech.
Formations usually common collocations , example sentences, notes, and more follow. A good supplement, or even replacement, for All About Particles , this dictionary is like a mix between that and the Dictionaries of Japanese Grammar with a particle focus. Best for: Especially good for college age students.
Since the books are fairly new, the examples and vocabulary are modern and up-to-date.
Quick Reference Table
There are four books in the series. The first is suitable for absolute beginners. It is a bit slower paced than other textbooks on this list. The first book in the series only introduces hiragana out of all the Japanese writing systems, and it is introduced slowly, a few characters per chapter throughout the textbook. Katakana and kanji are not introduced until later books. The sample texts in the book mix hiragana characters with romaji English letters , gradually introducing more and more Japanese.
This could be a plus or minus, depending on how you see it. If you already know some Japanese characters, you may find this book moves too slowly for you.
However, if you are a little intimidated by the idea of learning to read and write Japanese and want to take it easy, this is the perfect introduction for you. Japanese From Zero is also a great Japanese textbook for children or homeschooling. The most remarkable thing about Minna No Nihongo is that it is all written in Japanese! You can buy a companion book in English actually, it is available in 14 different languages with the translation and notes. You will be immersed in Japanese from the very beginning, so your reading skills will improve a lot faster than someone using a mostly-English textbook.
You can look at the English companion book any time you need a translation, but because of the extra step, you will try to read it for yourself in Japanese first. Because of this, Minna No Nihongo is very highly rated among people who want to achieve a high level of Japanese.
Of course, alongside improving your reading skills, this book will teach you grammar, vocabulary, listening and conversation. It is more in-depth and covers more ground than other textbooks on this list. Japanese for Busy People is another popular book to learn Japanese. There are two versions: The romaji version uses all English characters. The kana version uses hiragana and katakana for the Japanese texts. The book is suitable for self-study because it has answers to all the quizzes at the back.
It contains a CD for listening practice. While there is a huge choice of books for beginners to learn Japanese, it can be a bit harder to find the right textbook at the intermediate level. There are two books at the intermediate level: The Minna No Nihongo books are entirely written in Japanese. You can purchase a companion book with translations and notes in English or any one of 13 other languages, if English is not your native language. At the intermediate level, you should already be able to read basic Japanese.
Your biggest challenge is probably speed. Due to the amount of Japanese text in this book, your reading skills will improve a lot. These books also have very thorough grammar explanations and give you a very solid knowledge of Japanese. At the intermediate level, you will want to improve your reading speed and solidify your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar by reading more in Japanese.
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Best Books to Learn Japanese
Like JP books is a bookshop in London, you can also find in Belgium and in your own country stores specializing in language books. So try looking around a bit. I finally finished my long series about Japanese textbooks. I hope you have discovered new and interesting books.
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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. July 31, July 31, I only take he second book with me. My bible of Japanese grammar.Word of the day Get Widget. It is a bit slower paced than other textbooks on this list.
This handbook's goal is to teach new learners that verbs are much simpler in Japanese than in most other languages and because of that, you shouldn't be afraid! On some subjects I have to many books and on other topics I can Maybe use some more books. The university of Nagoya press. George Trombley. Search Search for: You can practice reading everything you learned from WaniKani , because the kanji has no furigana!