A Dictionary of Japanese Particles

  • Sue A. Kawashima
A Dictionary of Japanese Particles

Size: 182×128 mm, 330 g
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
ISBN10: 1-56836-542-X
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-542-8
Release date: March 12, 1999

List price: $22.00

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For English-speaking students of Japanese, particles are perhaps the most difficult aspect of the language to learn. It would be no exaggeration to say that, for most people, they can never be completely mastered. Thus, the study of particles is a lifetime undertaking, and students need a lifelong companion to help them along the way. That companion is A Dictionary of Japanese Particles.

Covering over 100 particles in alphabetical order, the dictionary explains the meanings of each (most have more than one) and gives sample sentences for each meaning.

Illustrations are provided where necessary for clarification. There are also exercises at the back of the book for those who wish to test their knowledge of particle usage. Appendices and endpaper charts are provided for easy access.

A Dictionary of Japanese Particles is an essential reference work, meant to be used over the years as students continue to confront puzzling particles.

A Dictionary of Japanese Particles treats over 100 particles in alphabetical order, explains the meanings of each (wa, for instance, has four), and provides sample sentences for each meaning. Illustrations are provided where necessary to clarify these meanings. Exercises appear at the back of the book for self-testing.

  • Meets students' needs from beginning to advanced levels
  • comprehensive, including over 100 particles
  • Treats principal particle meanings as well as variants
  • Gives sample sentences in Japanese, Romanization, and English
  • Provides illustrations to clarify meaning


About the author


SUE A. KAWASHIMA received BA (Cum Laude) and MA degrees from Columbia University and is now a lecturer in Japanese language at Hunter College of the City University of New York.