The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs

  • Taeko Kamiya
The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs

Size: 182×130 mm, 290 g
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
ISBN10: 1-56836-416-4
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-416-2
Release date: July 27, 2012

List price: $25.00

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For any beginner of Japanese, adjectives and adverbs are bound to present a challenge. Unlike English adjectives, Japanese ones conjugate, meaning that you must memorize their various forms before being able to build sentences of any complexity. Adverbs do not conjugate, but make use of particles to show their grammatical relationship to other words, and some have very subtle shades of meaning that are difficult to grasp. Moreover, many do not translate into adverbs in English.

The role these parts of speech play in adding flavor to the Japanese language is invaluable. This handy reference manual introduces the basic (and basics of) adjectives and adverbs in a clear and sensible way, enabling students not only to speak Japanese but to do it with pizzazz.

The book is divided roughly in half, the first half dealing with adjectives, the second with adverbs. Each is prefaced by a short introduction that serves as an overview of the material introduced. The section on adjectives is divided into two parts: Part 1 covers the conjugations of i- and na-adjectives and some basic auxiliary adjectives, and Part 2 presents common sentence patterns in which adjectives appear.

The adverb section is arranged by topic. Among the types of adverbs explained here are those used to express time, quantity, degree, circumstance, and natural sounds or actions (the ubiquitous onomatopoeic adverbs).

Each entry in this book is given a simple, concise English explanation and two or more example sentences to illustrate its usage. Exercises every few pages enable students to measure their understanding. Finally, a number of quick-reference lists in the appendixes provide a convenient means of recalling and building vocabulary.

Together with its sister publication, The Handbook of Japanese Verbs, this unique manual is certain to provide years of friendly guidance.

Adjectives and adverbs are essential to speaking Japanese, but deceptively difficult to master. Here you are given all you need to put these parts of speech to correct use. From examples of the simplest noun modifiers to definitions of tricky sentence patterns and adverbs, this book will set you on the right track to speaking lively, natural Japanese. For beginner and intermediate students.

About the Author

TAEKO KAMIYA received her BA from Doshisha Women's College (Kyoto) and MAs from the University of San Francisco in education and from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in linguistics. She taught Japanese for twenty-five years at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Among her publications are Speak Japanese Today (1989), Japanese for Fun (1990), Tuttle New Dictionary of Loanwords in Japanese (1994), Subject-Grouped 1016 Kanji in Context (1997), Japanese Particle Workbook (1998) and The Handbook of Japanese Verbs (2001).