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Making sense of Japanese : what the textbooks don't tell you

Author: Jay Rubin
Publisher: Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This text aims to offer entertaining shortcuts to mastering the Japanese language. It offers creative approaches to common problems that plague beginning students of Japanese. Difficult areas  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Terms and phrases
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Rubin
ISBN: 4770028024 9784770028020
OCLC Number: 49677362
Notes: "Previously published in the Power Japanese series under the titles Gone fishin' (1992) and Making sense of Japanese (1998)"--Title page verso.
Description: 135, [1] pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Introduction: Learning the Language of the Infinite The Myth of the Subjectless Sentence Wa and Ga: The Answers to Unasked Questions The Invisible Man's Family Reunion The Explainers: Kara Da, Wake Da, No Da The Johnny Carson Hodo Kanji Shiru and Wakaru: To Know You Is Not Necessarily to Understand You Taming Tame Tsumori and the Vanishing Beefsteak You Say Kimeru and I Say Kimaru Warning: This Language Works Backwards The Pleasures of Reading Japanese The Unbelievable Complexity of Being: Aru vs. De Aru Go Jump in the Lake. But Be Sure to Come Back Fiddlers Three = Three Fiddlers? Eating in the Wrong Direction Anticipation, or: Progressive Simplification, or: Analyzing Upside Down Sentences.
Other Titles: Nihongo no hiketsu
Responsibility: Jay Rubin.

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"Brief, wittily written essays that gamely attempt to explain some of the most frustrating hurdles [of Japanese]...It can be read and enjoyed by students at any level."

 
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