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Students of Japanese are familiar with the term "particle," and realize that they, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. This handbook provides all the information one would need on these tricky units of grammar. All About Particles covers more than 70 particles those that are used regularly as well as those used less frequently in more than 200 us Students of Japanese are familiar with the term "particle," and realize that they, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. This handbook provides all the information one would need on these tricky units of grammar. All About Particles covers more than 70 particles those that are used regularly as well as those used less frequently in more than 200 uses. The book can be approached as a guiding textbook and studied from beginning to end. It is as a reference book, however, that All About Particles shines. It is light and easy to carry, slim enough to fit into the corner of a shoulder bag, and concise enough to quickly clarify particle-related questions. It is a priceless tool for any serious student of Japanese.


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Students of Japanese are familiar with the term "particle," and realize that they, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. This handbook provides all the information one would need on these tricky units of grammar. All About Particles covers more than 70 particles those that are used regularly as well as those used less frequently in more than 200 us Students of Japanese are familiar with the term "particle," and realize that they, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. This handbook provides all the information one would need on these tricky units of grammar. All About Particles covers more than 70 particles those that are used regularly as well as those used less frequently in more than 200 uses. The book can be approached as a guiding textbook and studied from beginning to end. It is as a reference book, however, that All About Particles shines. It is light and easy to carry, slim enough to fit into the corner of a shoulder bag, and concise enough to quickly clarify particle-related questions. It is a priceless tool for any serious student of Japanese.

30 review for All about Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Essential study companion for any student of Japanese. I really wish I'd had this book while taking Japanese classes in university; would have been immensely helpful. Particles are one of the most confusing aspects of Japanese for English speakers to grasp, and Naoko Chino presents them in a clear, helpful, and instructive fashion. Will certainly use as a reference if I start taking Japanese again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ruri Gokou

    It's a nice supplement to other Japanese grammar books since most are focused on grammar and not particles. I wouldn't call this book essential though. I didn't read the explanations either. Rather, I just took the sentences and put them into Anki.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I was lucky to have been gifted this book, though I likely would've bought it anyway, as it's so highly recommended, plus I'm addicted to learning resources, haha. But this one is really great! I do agree with the author that this is more of a reference/review book than a first time introduction/textbook to the particles covered. Especially when reading it straight through, like I did xD, it can be a bit much to digest. I think this instead would go fantastically alongside of a textbook. (Genki, I was lucky to have been gifted this book, though I likely would've bought it anyway, as it's so highly recommended, plus I'm addicted to learning resources, haha. But this one is really great! I do agree with the author that this is more of a reference/review book than a first time introduction/textbook to the particles covered. Especially when reading it straight through, like I did xD, it can be a bit much to digest. I think this instead would go fantastically alongside of a textbook. (Genki, Tae Kim, etc.) Loads of example sentences (though one kana mistake on page 119 with the name 'David', sorry dad!) and comparisons to similar particles. My main gripe is just my usual, the romaji. They have sentences in normal Japanese (kanji and all) and romaji. I just wish they had furigana instead, but I understand these books are trying to hit a wider market for dat cash money. Just frustrating for a serious learner, is all. Content wise, there's the contents list at the front and index in the back, with loads of particles in between, ranging from N5-N1 (for those JLPT curious; though they are not labeled, so you'd have to look up that part yourself). I also appreciated the list of book recommendations in the back. It really is a physically tiny book, but covers so much! If you're serious about learning, I recommend picking up a copy when/where you can! :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This is the third time I've read this book in the past 25 years. It is so meticulous and thorough with great examples, always great for review or remembering different nuances in using similar particles.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Very useful book on particles.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Particles can feel daunting, but this text was highly recommended to me by a handful of people. This text has been essential for me. I found it useful, detailed, and easy to understand.

  7. 5 out of 5

    PJ Ebbrell

    Excellent. A handy pocket reference book with Kana, romanji and translations.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jason Henwood

    A great little resource about particles with lots of examples. It also gives formality levels and differentiates between male and female usage.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    DNF

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Smith

    This book is very helpful for explaining the particles; covering a wide variety of commonly used particles with detailed example sentences. While I may not remember all the different particles, it is important to have read an explanation because the next I come across that particle I'll have a better understanding of how it functions. I will need to re-read this again in the future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    One of the best Japanese lesson books i've ever found. it's very useful, detailed and easy to understand. I always turn to this book first when there's something i forgot or something i don't really understand.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Haifa Busamra

    面白い日本の本です。 Very useful handbook for readers interested in learning Japanese. It gives the first hand information about the Japanese particles in a simple way supported with examples. It increases also your vocabulary and familiarization to kanji 本当に面白かったです。もちろん、もう一度つもり読みます。

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    A cute little reference book of the most important particles in the Japanese language. With clear explanations and example sentences, it's a must-buy for all beginner and intermediate students of Japanese.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tim Knox

    One day I will be able to speak Japanese!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chase

    handy little dictionary of particles. it has some good examples of similar particle and dissimilar particles.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Luria

  17. 5 out of 5

    Response15

  18. 5 out of 5

    James

  19. 5 out of 5

    Golf2gap2

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hinotori

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aruvi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kohl

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandrus

  24. 5 out of 5

    Su

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chanelle

  26. 4 out of 5

    rattytude

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Blais

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dhei

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jocilyn

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