Common Japanese Collocations
A Learner's Guide to Frequent Word Pairings
Collocations, or natural word combinations, exist in any language, but until now there have been few resources for learners of Japanese on this important yet difficult subject. Common Japanese Collocations is the first book to answer the question, Which word combinations are the most frequent in everyday Japanese speech? Through six chapters covering all aspects of daily life, this groundbreaking volume introduces more than 3,200 collocations—word pairings the Japanese use all the time—with which students can refine their speech and enrich their vocabulary.
If you are a beginning student of Japanese, chances are you often struggle to find the right combination of words to make yourself understood. If you are an intermediate student, perhaps you get by in day-to-day communication, but your spoken Japanese doesn't sound as natural as you would like it to. Whatever the case, Common Japanese Collocations will serve you well.
Within the pages of this book are more than 3,200 collocations, or word combinations, used in everyday speech. By using these at appropriate moments, your spoken Japanese will sound more natural-and more sophisticated, meaning that you will make a better impression on those around you. Further, by studying the expressions in this book, you will enrich your vocabulary and gain a deeper understanding of Japanese thought and culture.
The book is divided into six chapters—Home, Daily Life, People, School & Work, Travel, and Entertainment—within which collocations are arranged by theme rather than alphabetically, making them easier to study. More than a third of the entries come with an example sentence to show how the combination in question is used in real life. For each kanji character or compound, furi-gana has been provided, making the book readable to students at all levels.
In a word, Common Japanese Collocations is the ultimate resource for students wishing to refine their spoken Japanese.
Kakuko Shoji has been an instructor of Japanese at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1968. She is the author of Basic Connections: Making Your Japanese Flow
and Japanese Core Words and Phrases: Things You Can't Find in a Dictionary
Kodansha's Effective Japanese Usage Guide, and the chief contributor to The Modern English-Nihongo Dictionary (published by Kodansha).