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LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

1.
Eriko Sato
Practice Makes Perfect Basic Japanese

Learn the Japanese you need. Gain the language skills you want.

Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese is your trusted companion to your Japanese learning experience. Each chapter focuses on key grammar concepts and essential vocabulary, which are accompanied by helpful, clear examples. With these fundamentals under your belt, you will learn to communicate in authentic Japanese—how to meet new people, engage in small talk, make suggestions and requests, express ideas, and more.
You will, of course, get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills. Whether you are learning on your own or taking a beginning Japanese class, Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese will help you build your confidence in communicating in this complex language.

Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese includes:
* Everyday Japanese presented in both Japanese characters (hiragana, katakana, and kanji) and phonetic translation
* High-frequency vocabulary
* Grammar basics
* An introduction to Japanese pronunciation and writing systems
* Hundreds of exercises in a variety of formats for whatever your learning style

2.
Shoko Hamano and Takae Tsujioka
Basic Japanese: A Grammar and Workbook (Grammar Workbooks)

Basic Japanese: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume.

This book presents 25 individual grammar points, covering the core material which students would expect to encounter in their first year of learning Japanese.

Divided into two parts, the first part outlines fundamental components of Japanese including the writing system, pronunciation, word order, particles and conjugation patterns, while the second part builds on this foundation by introducing basic grammatical patterns organised by the task they achieve. Grammar points are followed by contextualised examples and exercises which allow students to reinforce and consolidate their learning.

Key features include:

clear, accessible format
many useful language examples
transliteration of all examples
jargon-free explanations of grammar
abundant exercises with full answer key
subject index.

Basic Japanese is suitable both for class use and independent study making it an ideal grammar reference and practice resource for both beginners and students with some knowledge of the language.

3.
Hiro Japanese Center
600 Basic Japanese Verbs: The Essential Reference Guide

600 Basic Japanese Verbs is a handy, easy-to-use guide to one of the building blocks of Japanese grammar—verbs.

This book will be an essential resource as it shows learners how to conjugate the 600 most common Japanese verbs quickly, and with very little effort. This is the only guide to list all verb forms in both Japanese script and romanized form, while giving an accurate English translation for each conjugated form, making this book far more comprehensive than any other book on the subject.

Compiled by Japanese language experts at The Hiro Japanese Center, more than 30 different verbal forms are given for each verb including all forms used in contemporary spoken, written, formal and conversational Japanese—making this the ideal reference when reading any sort of Japanese printed materials including manga, newspapers, magazines and books. 600 Basic Japanese Verbs places an expert resource at your fingertips, giving you the information you need to speak, read, and write Japanese sentences correctly.

Key features of this book are:
Includes all the most useful verbs and Kanji (logographic Chinese characters) in Japanese, including less common ones.
A wealth of example sentences are given to demonstrate correct verb usage.
Over 30 forms are given for each verb including polite or formal, plain, negative, potential, conditional, passive, causative, and many more.
Both Kana, Japanese script, and romanized forms are given for each entry.
An ideal study guide for the standard Advanced Placement college test and the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam.
Special sections are devoted to compound verbs and suru verbs such as Kaimono suru (to shop), benkyo suru (to study), and much more

4.
Seiichi Makino, Michio Tsutsui
A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

There is a bit of a myth about Japanese grammar–that it is too complicated, too alien for the non-native speaker to ever really master. This is a myth that many Japanese perpetuate themselves, seen in unflattering characterizations of non-native speakers, or in the (unhelpful) praise lavished upon anyone who can speak Japanese to any degree, no matter how ungrammatical it may be. This is a myth that is also unfortunately and unintentionally perpetuated by guides like Jorden’s “Japanese the Spoken Language” that do the learner a disservice by explaining grammatical points in a language better suited for a linguist than a language learner. For people like you and me, who want to surpass these low expectations and confusing explanations and start on the road to true fluency, “A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar” is an essential companion…

5.
Eriko Sato
Practice Makes Perfect Complete Japanese Grammar

Strengthen your Japanese grammar skills with practice, practice, practice!

From particles to pronouns, this comprehensive workbook covers all those aspects of Japanese grammar that you might find a little intimidating or hard to remember. Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar introduces the fundamentals of the language and then progresses to show how these building blocks connect to create complex sentences. Each chapter features clear explanations, numerous realistic examples, and dozens of engaging exercises in a variety of formats for whatever your learning style.
You will, of course, get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills in context. With its winning formula for getting a handle on Japanese grammar right away, Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar is your ultimate resource for mastering the grammar of this complex language.

Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar includes:
* Everyday Japanese presented in both Japanese characters (hiragana, katakana, and kanji) and phonetic translation
* A comprehensive introduction to Japanese grammar
* High-frequency vocabulary presented in context
* A clear pronunciation guide
* Hundreds of exercises in a variety of formats


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