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Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby ThePacster » Tue 12.04.2007 12:18 pm

Hey all. I'm approaching the end of Genki Book I at my school, and in preparation for next semester I'm thinking it may be beneficial to get a grammar book for extra help. It's not that I want to overload myself with extra grammar, but it would be nice to have a dedicated source of info for small nuances the Genki Book overlooks from time to time.

So, anyone have any recommendations for good grammar books? :)
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RE: Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby everdream » Tue 12.04.2007 2:31 pm

The Oxford Japanese Grammar and Vebs is a great book.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Oxford-Japanese ... 0198603827
I have it, and the only bad thing I can say about it, that sometimes (rarely) the explanations are not deep enough to comprehend 100%
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RE: Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby hyperconjugated » Tue 12.04.2007 2:50 pm

Dictionary of basic japanese grammar.
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RE: Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby tanuki » Tue 12.04.2007 4:54 pm

What he said.
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RE: Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby kayuu » Tue 12.04.2007 7:51 pm

What they said :) I'm using it now.
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RE: Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby chikara » Tue 12.04.2007 8:33 pm

hyperconjugated wrote:
Dictionary of basic japanese grammar.

Is this the book?

If it comes so well recommended I might buy it.
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RE: Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby hyperconjugated » Wed 12.05.2007 4:42 am

chikara wrote:
Is this the book?

If it comes so well recommended I might buy it.

That is it.
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RE: Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby nukemarine » Sat 12.08.2007 6:16 am

I'm just starting, but I'm combining Genki with Kodansha's "All About Particles", "The Handbook of Japanese Verbs" and "The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs".

Granted, I'm sentence mining. However, instead of randomly doing it, at each point Genki covers a concept that is in the reference books, I'll grab sentences from the reference books too.

Here's something from Genki 3-1 and 3-2. Now, I would later put these in a spread sheet of four columns: Kanji sentence, Kana pronunciation, Notes (definitions of words, grammar rule if needed), and finally English sentence. With that, I can import into Anki much easier. Another note is you don't have to define every word in the sentence, but nothing wrong with doing it. Plus, it makes it useful to others when/if you share efforts.

3ー2 "Vconj + masu ます" Expresses actions or states that regularly take place/exist or will take place/exist. The auxillary ます makes the tone of speech polite.

私はよくテレビを見ます。
よく (adv,vs) frequently, often
見る 【みる】 (v1) (1) to see, to watch, (2) (as an auxiliary verb) to try, (P)
"I often watch TV."

メアリーさんは時々朝ご飯を食べません。
時々 【ときどき】 (adv,n) sometimes, (P)
朝ご飯 【あさごはん】 (n) breakfast, (P)
食べる 【たべる】 (v1) to eat, (P)
"Mary sometimes doesn't eat breakfast."

私は明日京都に行きます。
明日 【あした】 (n-t) tomorrow, (P)
京都 【きょうと】 (n) Kyoto, (P)
行く 【いく】 (v5k-s) to go, (P)
"I will go to Kyoto tomorrow."

スーさんは今日家に帰りません。
今日 【きょう】 (n-t) today, this day, (P)
家 【うち】 (n) house (one's own), (P)
帰る 【かえる】 (v5r) to go back, to go home, to come home, to return, (P)
"Sue will not return home today."

トムは毎日図書館え行きます。
毎日 【まいにち】 (n-adv,n-t) every day, (P)
図書館 【としょかん】 (n) library, (P)
行く 【いく】 (v5k-s) to go, (P)
Tom goes to the library every day.

明日田中さんは来ません。
明日 【あした】 (n-t) tomorrow, (P)
田中 【たなか】 Tanaka (p,s,f) 
来る 【くる】 (vk) to come, to arrive(P)
Miss Tanaka won't come tomorrow

父はさっきまでここにいました。
父 【ちち】 (n) (hum) father, (P)
さっき (n) some time ago, (P)
迄 【まで】 (prt) (uk) until, till doing, as far as
此処 【ここ】 (n) (uk) here, this place, (P)
居る 【いる】 (v1) (uk) (hum) to be (animate), to exist, (P)
My father was here a while ago.

スミスさんは昨日ゴルフをしませんでした。
昨日 【きのう】 (n-adv,n-t) yesterday, (P)
ゴルフ (n) golf, (P)
為る 【する】 (vs-i) (uk) to do (P)
Mr. Smith did not play golf today.

母は毎朝六時に起きます。
母 【はは】 (n) (hum) mother, (P)
毎朝 【まいあさ】 (n-adv,n-t) every morning, (P)
六時 【ろくじ】 six o'clock
起きる 【おきる】 (v1) (2) to wake up(P) 
My mother gets up at six o'clock every morning.

飛行機は午後四時着きます。
飛行機 【ひこうき】 (n) aeroplane, airplane, (P)
午後 【ごご】 (n-adv,n-t) afternoon, p.m., pm, (P)
四時 【よじ】 four o'clock
着く 【つく】 (v5k) to arrive at, to reach, (P)
The airplane will arrive at 4 p.m.

山田さんは昨日来ましたが、木村さんは来ませんでした。
山田 【やまだ】 Yamada (p,s)
昨日 【きのう】 (n-adv,n-t) yesterday, (P)
来る 【くる】 (vk) to come, to arrive, (P)
木村 【きむら】 Kimura (p,s)
Mr. Yamada came yesterday, but Mr. Kimura didn't.
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RE: Looking for Grammar Book to supplement Genki Text

Postby tanuki » Sat 12.08.2007 7:43 am

chikara wrote:
hyperconjugated wrote:
Dictionary of basic japanese grammar.

Is this the book?

If it comes so well recommended I might buy it.


Do! :)
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