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Handbook Of Japanese Verbs [Paperback]

Taeko Kamiya
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June 12 2001 Kodansha's Children's Classics

Handbook Of Japanese Verbs is a Kodansha International publication.

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Taeko Kamiya is a Kodansha International author.

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In order to master a foreign language, it is crucial for students to acquire a solid knowledge of its verbs and their usage. Japanese is no exception.

Japanese verbs are often said to be difficult and complicated and hard to learn. That is not true. In fact, they are simple and less complicated to learn than those of many other languages. Unlike some European languages, you do not have to memorize different forms to indicate the number or person or gender of the subject of the sentence. The verb kaku, for instance, could mean I/we write, you (sing./ pl.) write, he/she/it writes or they write. Moreover, Japanese verbs are highly regular in the way they make their forms. Once you grasp certain rules for making such forms as the negative, conjunctive, conditional forms, etc., you will be able to apply these rules to almost any verbs.

The purpose of this book is to describe in detail not only how Japanese verbs conjugate, but how you should use the verb forms in connection with sentence structures.

The book is divided into two parts. Part I deals with the conjugations of the three types of verbs--regular I, regular II and irregular verbs, as well as copulas (be-verbs) and auxiliaries. A conjugation practice follows the description of a verb or a group of verbs. Part II deals with the usage of various verb forms. Each usage is illustrated with example sentences, and exercises are provided every few lessons to allow you to test your understanding.

I do hope that this book will prove to be helpful--you will discover how simple and easy conjugating and using Japanese verbs can be.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! April 21 2014
By Dom
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This book is what I wanted so as to enable myself to "play" more freely with the Japanese verb system in my texts.

I recommend it to any student of Japanese.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Grammar Source April 23 2013
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This book is an excellent source for learning verbs in Japanese Language. I would recommend it to all Japanese language learners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great handbook April 30 2012
By supa
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I have japanese verbs at a glance but wanted something a bit more thorough and this book is it!
Great book and goes great with "A handbook of japanese adjectives & adverbs"!!!
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The conjugation of Japanese verbs, particularly the godan verbs, is so complicated to a foreign student, yet after learning from this book to use the Japanese syllabary chart as the bases for various functions, it all becomes very comprehensible. Part II of the book further explains the usage of various verb forms very clearly and makes the learning of this major part of Japanese grammar so much easier. I highly recommend this book to all foreign learners of Japanese.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sugoi Dec 7 2002
This book was the single most valuable book for learning japanese that i used during my year long exchange in Japan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grammar text Nov. 25 2002
This is not a "user friendly" book for the casual learner of Japanese. This is nothing more or less than a small, pocket-book sized grammar text for using Japanese verbs. "Te" forms, "tara" forms, "hoshii" forms are all covered, along with pretty much every other possible conjugation. This is no dictionary, however, so do not expect to learn any new words. Just expect to make better use of the verbs you already know.
The sections are broken down well, and there are very small practice sections at the end of each chapter. For what it is, it is an excellent resource. I would recommend this book to serious, college level learners of Japanese.
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